A lot of speculation has surrounded the second seat at Honda HRC in recent months. It was obvious that a new rider would slide into that position – once it was announced that Cole Seely had retired – but it was not clear who it would be. It has now been announced that Chase Sexton will join the squad when the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series begins, after competing in the 250SX West class for GEICO Honda. This is a part of a massive contract for Sexton, which will see him in red until the end of 2023 at least. A statement from Sexton is below.
"I'm super excited to be joining Team Honda HRC. Factory Honda is a team that I've wanted to ride for since I was a kid, so to have this opportunity is honestly a dream come true. I'm looking forward to starting this journey with them, and I think it will be a successful one. I think the CRF450R suits me because I'm a bigger guy and I ride it well. Still, 2020 is going to be a learning year for sure. I'm just getting my feet wet in the 450 class, and it will be good to have an outdoor series under my belt to get me ready for a full 17-round 2021 Supercross series. I'm also looking forward to being teammates with Ken. We're pretty close friends and train together every day, so I think this will push us both and take us to the next level. You couldn't ask for a better guy to have under the tent, with his speed and knowledge."
Although Sexton will race a CRF250R in the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross series, he will step up to 450SX with Honda HRC in 2021. This is obviously a great example of how the Honda structure works, as he has moved up from the Amsoil Honda amateur effort to GEICO Honda in the pro ranks and will hit the pinnacle of the sport with the factory squad. The co-owner of the GEICO team, Jeff Majkrzak, was keen to point this out in a team statement.
"We're really happy to see Chase get this opportunity. He started with us in our Amsoil Honda amateur program and transitioned into GEICO Honda when he turned pro, and he has been a pleasure to work with the entire time. He has grown a lot in the last year or so, and he has earned this next step in his career. We look forward to working with him during his final 250SX series, and then to watching him progress on 450s."
Sexton will not start with Honda HRC until the opening round of the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, so who will sit alongside Ken Roczen in 2020 Monster Energy Supercross? Justin Brayton will fill that spot. More on his deal can be found elsewhere on MX Vice.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Honda Racing Corporation