News 16 Apr 2021

Progression evident as Lawrence returns to 250SX podium

Last-minute bike changes lead to success at ATL 2.

Image: Octopi Media.

Team Honda HRC’s Hunter Lawrence continues to show his capability in Monster Energy Supercross, returning to the podium and setting the fastest lap of the race in the Atlanta 2 250SX West main event on Tuesday.

After two rounds off the podium, Lawrence rebounded for a second-place finish in the 250SX West main event on Tuesday in the second of three races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, citing bike changes just before the main event that helped him to the podium.

“It was a tough day, actually,” Lawrence explained. “We were struggling with bike setup all day, and after the heat race the team made a really good decision.

“We made a shock change for the main, and we had to test it on the site lap, when I had to push to get a feel and make sure we didn’t have to change any clickers; I was happy with how the bike felt.”

As the gate dropped on the main, Lawrence didn’t get the best start, eventually hitting the ground in the whoops before Cameron McAdoo’s (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) crash brought out the red flag.

With a second shot at it, Lawrence again didn’t get the best jump but was able to find his rhythm and salvage a second place on the night.

“I definitely think my speed was there,” he continued. “Didn’t get the best start, but yeah I think I got the fastest lap time and had a really good pace going from the halfway point onwards. And yeah, I would have loved to have put myself in a better position off the start for sure.”

Lawrence is now 16 points behind championship leader Justin Cooper with just three races to go, they’ll line back up this Saturday for the final race in the residency at Atlanta Motor Speedway.