The 2023 AMA Supercross season proved rough on the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing Team rider roster, so it was a two-rider all-250 effort that lined up for the opening round of the Pro Motocross Championship in Pala, California.
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing 450MX regulars Justin Barcia and Pierce Brown continue to recover from injuries sustained late in the AMA Supercross Championship.
After injuries earlier in the season, Michael Mosiman was back in the saddle of his MC 250F Factory Edition, but still in rebuilding mode. He scored a 19th in moto one and made some adjustments for moto two and came home with a tenth-place finish.
Michael Mosiman: “This was the first round for me after quite a long time off. It's been a lot of hard work to build back, and today was just another step in that process. I would have liked to finish better but there are some building steps and some things that we improved. We made big improvements to the bike in the second moto and I felt a lot more comfortable. That allowed me to put together clean laps. I'm excited for the future and to head to Hangtown and get after it.”
Caden’s first crack at the Pro Motocross series resulted in a pair of 18th-place moto finishes in an extremely stacked field.
Caden Braswell: "I'm super grateful for the opportunity. Pala was an amazing experience for my first Pro Motocross National. I'm absolutely thrilled to have done it with the Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS team. The team was amazing...super-hard working and encouraging. I'm disappointed in my results because I know the bike and I are capable of so much more. I'm going to keep my head up pulling into Hangtown and strive to do better."
Next Event (Round 2): June 3, 2023 – Prairie City SVRA in Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Results – 2023 AMA Pro Motocross Championship, Round 1
1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda) 3-1; 2. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha) 6-2; 3. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna) 1-11… 15. Michael Mosiman (GASGAS) 19-10; 19. Caden Braswell (GASGAS) 18-18; 28. Tyson Johnson (GASGAS) 26-28
1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) 1-1; 2. Chase Sexton (Honda) 2-2; 3. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha) 3-3… 8. Jose Butron (GASGAS) 10-8; 9. Lorenzo Locurcio (GASGAS) 7-11; 19. Romain Pape (GASGAS) 23-16; 28. Jacob Runkles (GASGAS) 27-29; 36. Giacomo Redondi 29-38
Championship Standings – After 1 Round
1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda) 45 points; 2. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha) 37 points; 3. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna) 35 points … 15. Michael Mosiman (GASGAS) 13 points; 19. Caden Braswell (GASGAS) 6 points
1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) 50 points; 2. Chase Sexton (Honda) 44 points; 3. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha) 40 … 8. Jose Butron (GASGAS) 24 points; 9. Lorenzo Locurcio (GASGAS) 24 points; 19. Romain Pape (GASGAS) 24 points