News 6 Mar 2017

Lawrence pushes through mud-soaked Indonesian round

Australian teenager salvages points despite difficult races.

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Australia’s Hunter Lawrence battled through treacherous conditions to earn vital championship points at Indonesia’s second round of the 2017 MX2 World Championship.

The fast-starting Suzuki World MX2 newcomer struggled with the unpredictable conditions finding himself on the ground multiple times during the two motos.

“Speed is good, but I’m not happy with the results although really, anything could have happened in those conditions,” said Lawrence. “The first moto I got a great start, fourth around the first turn but then I had a couple of crashes and the second one I got the bike stuck in a big bog hole and I couldn’t get the bike out. They needed like four or five guys to get my bike out so I ended up outside the top 20.”

Although not satisfied with a 24-16 moto scorecard for 23rd overall, the MX2 rookie is happy to leave the tough event healthy and move on to round three.

“The second moto I again got a good start, right behind Jeremy [Seewer], so a good day for the Suzukis off the start line,” he added. “I then again had a couple of crashes before they red-flagged the race, so not great. Just happy to be coming home in one piece as it was like a minefield out there.”

Lawrence now sits 17th overall in the 2017 MX2 World Championship standings after claiming 11th overall at the season-opening round in Qatar.