Features 7 Sep 2022

Conversation: Jett Lawrence

250MX champion on Fox Raceway and clinching back-to-back titles.

Team Honda HRC’s Jett Lawrence concluded a commanding 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross campaign with an overall victory at Fox Raceway to clinch back-to-back 250MX titles. Set to debut on a 450 for Motocross of Nations (MXoN) at RedBud, MotoOnline had a Conversation with the talented 19-year-old to discuss the final round, clinching the championship for a second time, and his future in the premier class.

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Jett Lawrence, 2022 250MX champion, back-to-back. Huge result for you, congratulations. 

Thank you, it was an awesome year this year, definitely a lot smoother than last year’s outdoor championship. Super pumped, I was way more consistent, I got a lot more wins, nine out of 12 so super pumped.

You obviously had the advantage coming into today, but what were the nerves like? Final round, hot conditions, track was tough, tell us about the day. 

The nerves were actually pretty okay, having that points lead if I were to have lost the championship I would have had to really mess it up. We were just having fun with it, last outdoor race on the 250, so we were just enjoying it.

It looked like after the first moto, if you knew it was Hunter behind you, you wanted to let him through. Bit of disappointment there, but at the same time on your behalf, a lot of relief? 

I was pissed, because I thought it was Jo (Shimoda) the whole time and looking back I saw Hunter and I was like ‘damn it’. So I’m bummed about that, really wish I could have helped him get some extra points. I was more pissed off than being happy about winning the championship. It was mixed emotions.

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Speaking of winning the outdoor title though, how did this one compare to last year? Such a different way of clinching it, and this year you had nine overall wins and so many moto wins. How do the two compare? 

One was way better and smoother, and the other one was a little bit more exciting, taking it down to the very last race. This one was good, did almost everything that I wanted to do and it was a good season.

Looking to next year then, is it confirmed that you are stepping up to the 450 outdoors? 

Yeah 450 outdoors next year, which should be a lot of fun, got a lot to learn with those boys. Those boys are fast, so it’s going to be exciting.

Finally, team Australia, you are on the big bike there as well. Pretty special occasion being alongside Hunter and Mitch Evans. Must be a really good feeling at this point? 

It’s going to be really exciting, my first nations and hopefully, I can do Australia proud.