News 22 Nov 2019

AUS-X Open Melbourne start confirmed for Jett Lawrence

Australian 16-year-old to make professional supercross debut at home.

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Teenage sensation Jett Lawrence will return home to Australia for next weekend’s 2019 Monster Energy AUS-X Open Melbourne, to be held within Marvel Stadium for the first time ever on Saturday, 30 November.

Lawrence, 16, is poised to make his highly-anticipated SX2 professional debut in the final round of the Australian Supercross Championship, which doubles as round two of the Monster Energy FIM Oceania Supercross Championship.

“I’m really excited to be making my pro debut in Melbourne,” Lawrence commented. “I’ve had my eye on these events for a while now and they’ve progressively grown into something that’s world-class. Being a proud Australian makes it pretty cool that I’ll debut there, in front of friends, family and a lot of riders I grew up with too.

“Winning Monster Cup was a real confidence booster for me, especially on a supercross track. I definitely think more gate drops and just being in that race environment will help me heaps as I get ready for 2020.”

Set to contest 250SX in next year’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, Lawrence will be Geico Honda teammates with brother Hunter and arrives as one of the hottest properties in the sport after recording a dominant Monster Energy Cup Futures victory in Las Vegas last month.

“We are really pleased to have Jett under our wing for this final round,” general manager of Honda Motorcycles Australia, Tony Hinton, stated. “He has certainly made a name for himself overseas, so it will be fantastic for local fans to see him race on home soil. We hope for strong results and know he will do the CRF250R proud!”

Speculation mounted following Lawrence’s success at the Monster Energy Cup that he would be travelling to Australia for AUS-X Open, with today’s confirmation outlining that he will be part of the ‘Ride Red’ program with Honda Genuine support.