0082 Chase Sexton



Arguably Honda’s brightest prospect, Chase Sexton felt as though these final few rounds of racing in Utah, were a place for his skills to shine. With the 450 class nearly on the horizon, Sexton wanted to make a lasting impact on the season at hand; hoping to close-out the 2020 year, with an absolute “bang.” It had been long awaited, and although his fellow “East Coast” peers weren’t accustomed to the likes of Utah from previous occurrences, Sexton, as you may have guessed, found a way to adapt to the circumstances at hand. His style was flourishing from the moment practice began, and he set out to engage in a joust of sorts on the “lap-time” board, with that of Shane McElrath. The two knew they would link up again, once the final festivities would come to fruition. Sexton marched to the line, carrying the Geico Honda squad with pride while representing the city of Clermont, Florida. He knew this ten-lap brigade would be a platform of rightful showing, something that he craved for quite sometime now. Sexton would be ahead of Jeremy Martin in the early going, looking to establish quite the distance between he and the number six rider. Pierce Brown meanwhile, resided third, hoping to retain as close of a gap as he could while inching forward toward the number “1E.” That wouldn’t be the case though, and Sexton’s ability to remain astoundingly smooth, would push him further and further away from the rest of the pack. The heat race win felt rather exuberant, yet Sexton understood he had more in the tank. He and the team would then assemble under their respective paddock, and in that instance, he devised a plan to try and dethrone that of Shane McElrath. It would be a battle from start to finish, demonstrating mental warfare represented by the two combatant’s as they toggled around this ever-sickening racetrack. Hitting the whoops on the far outside, you could see him attempt to descend with engine braking, while pushing the frame of the Honda to the most inside point possible. Hovering near the tuff-block, Sexton’s poise kept him within striking distance of McElrath for the race’s entirety; seemingly looking to capitalize on any mistake that was presented. But it would be too little, too late, as Chase choreographed a silver medal slot, to remain within the rightful championship hunt.