News 12 Jun 2018

Impatience the cause behind race two clash for Lawrence

Australian MX2 World Championship contender 10th in French grand prix.

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Hunter Lawrence has explained impatience during race two at Sunday’s 10th round of MX2 World Championship in France led to a clash with another rider on the opening lap, resulting in a damaging start to the 17-lap affair.

Lawrence, who’s still bouncing back from a number of weeks off the bike in the first half of the series, lodged a 6-13 scorecard at the Saint Jean d’Angely circuit to be credited 10th overall.

“The first moto wasn’t great off the start as I crashed because another rider was doing crazy stuff, so I had to regroup from last place after that incident,” Lawrence explained. “I was coming through the pack well though, showing good speed and I got back to sixth.

“Unfortunately I hit a bit of a wall with about 10 minutes to go, so I had to settle for sixth, which wasn’t too bad given the start I had. In the second race I was perhaps a bit too impatient and I clashed with another rider on the opening lap again. I fought back to around 10th place and was making a move on the red plate holder Pauls Jonass when I picked a rut that had caved in, and I lost my front wheel and fell over.

“I tried my best to salvage whatever I could get and that ended up being 13th place for 10th overall. I think this weekend was just about positive because I got some more bike fitness but this isn’t where I want to be, so I need to keep fighting hard to improve.”

The Australian is currently situated 14th in the standings after being sidelined for five of the first 10 races, while he’ll return to action again this weekend along with the MXGP World Championship contingent at Ottobiano in Italy.