News 27 Aug 2018

Consecutive MX2 podiums a career-first for Lawrence

Youthful Australian winds up third overall in MXGP of Bulgaria.

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For the first time in his brief MX2 World Championship career, Australian Hunter Lawrence as earned overall podium results in back to back rounds.

After earning a third place finish at the previous round in Switzerland, the youthful talent charged to third overall again at the weekend’s 17th round in Bulgaria, where he collected fifth in the opening moto before settling for second in the final outing.

Despite standing on the box, Lawrence expressed a hint of disappointment, explaining the result didn’t reflect the feeling he had on the Sevlievo, although he’s still satisfied with the top three placing.

“Yes it was a good weekend although I am perhaps a little disappointed for how good I felt on the track,” Lawrence commented. “The first moto I messed it up all on my own, I came into Covington on the fourth corner and lost some positions there and then on the third lap I crashed a lost some more. I managed to get fifth, which was good enough to keep the podium alive.

“Then in the second moto, I wanted to get another good start but keep it on two wheels and I managed to do that and although I got a little bit lucky with Pauls Jonass crashing out, I still rode well to get into second place.

“I kept my head down and it took me a few laps to find my flow but I kept pushing and with my CRF250R working well, I closed right up to Jorge Prado, but I just couldn’t make a pass to cap off what would have been a great weekend. Back to back podiums is pretty cool as I haven’t done that before and I look forward to making it three in a row in Turkey.”

The Queensland native holds down 10th in the standings after completing just 10 rounds of the 17 stops that have unfolded so far in the series.