News 4 Jun 2019

Lawrence endures challenging Thunder Valley encounter

Geico Honda ace lands top 10 result at round three of Pro Motocross.

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Australian Hunter Lawrence admits Thunder Valley’s third round of the 2019 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship was tough to endure, as he was unable to maintain his front-running form from Fox Raceway’s previous stop of the series.

The Geico Honda ace put on a charge in moto one, overcoming a bad start to position himself just outside the top five, however an error in the closing stages saw him relegated to 10th.

Acclimatising to the high elevation at the Colorado circuit, which sits 6000-feet above sea level, Lawrence pushed on in the final outing, registering a seventh place result for eighth overall.

“Mile High city was tough, but the start of the day wasn’t too bad qualifying in P5,” Lawrence explained. “First moto I had a bad start, got shut down by two blue bikes up the hill and had my work cut out for me. I fought from way back so I had used all my tear offs by the time I reached sixth place, struggling to see with the rain that started coming down.

“I went to make the pass and went down, finished 10th. Second moto was a struggle, with the altitude my body was feeling it. I got a little bit better start, around mid pack and got up to seventh. It was an average day, so I’m just looking forward to the next round in two weeks.”

Lawrence is ranked ninth in the championship standings as Pro Motocross takes a week off, resuming on 16 June at High Point.