Andrew Lawson press release:
Young Australian Andrew Lawson has made a stunning debut to his Spanish 125GP Championship campaign, claiming points in his international debut.
On a weekend marred by bad weather the 16 year old not only qualified for the race out of a massive field of hopefuls, but came through from 32nd on the grid to grab 12th spot at Alabcente in Spain.
“I got a great start and picked up about 10 places on the first lap. I got close to 8th but just couldn’t hold on. I’m very happy and I have learnt a lot.” Lawson said.
It was the first time the Queenslander has ridden the Blusens BQR Aprilia, and to add to the steep learning curve, wet weather.
“It was incredible to think he got points. It was a horrible weekend weather wise. He still hasn’t had a dry session on the bike. We didn’t know if he’d earn championship points this season at all, so to be leaving Spain today with that result I am very excited about the rest of the year.” Commented engineer Ben Reid.
Lawson added, “The bike was incredible and I really enjoyed the track. I’m pretty happy with the way I went and I think had it been dry I could have done even better. I need more time on the bike, so I’m looking forward to the next round to see if I can improve.”
Many riders struggled with the conditions, with two of Andrew’s more senior team mates failing to finish the 18 lap race.
Lawson who leads the Australian 125GP Championship on his Champions Ride Days Honda will be one of the busiest riders in Australia this year, splitting his time between his home championship and the prestigious Spanish title.
Round two of the Spanish Championship will be held in the south of Spain at Jerez on the 7th of June.