Features 6 Apr 2023

Rewind: Lawrence brothers SX wins

Looking back at Australian brothers' 250 Supercross victories to date.

Across recent seasons, Hunter and Jett Lawrence have convincingly made an impact on Monster Energy Supercross in scoring several main event victories, the latter also securing the 250SX East title last year. After a commanding start to 2023, the Team Honda HRC duo lead their respective regions as MotoOnline takes a closer look in this Rewind feature at the main event wins they have achieved to date throughout their professional careers.

For last year’s eastern regional champion, Jett, his first Supercross victory came at Houston 2 on 19 January 2021, leading every lap on his way to a 7.855s victory ahead of eventual 250SX East champion Colt Nichols (Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing). That night marked Jett’s eighth main event start in American Supercross.

Meanwhile, elder brother Hunter stood on the top step for the first time in 250SX West at Arlington 2 on 16 March 2021, on that occasion swiftly charging to the lead in what was only his sixth Supercross start, to take the chequered flag first, 5.133s ahead of Jalek Swoll (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing) at the race’s conclusion.

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The 2021 season saw Jett go on to win on two more occasions, Orlando 1 and later achieving his first East/West Showdown victory at Salt Lake City 2 on his way to P3 in points, while Arlington 2 marked Hunter’s only main event victory that year in 250SX West and he was runner-up in the series.

Looking at Supercross 2022, Jett – who was originally slated to compete in 250SX West before a late rib injury – opened 250SX East with a win at Minneapolis, later emerging on top another three times (Daytona, Detroit and Indy) on his way to the title. Again P2 in points, Hunter effectively traded coasts with his younger brother and won four times (Glendale, Seattle, Atlanta and Denver), with his victory at Atlanta marking the first time he emerged on top in a Showdown.

Entering 2023, Jett had seven Supercross wins to his credit, as Hunter sat on five. With Jett lining up in the western region, rather than defending back east, he commenced the championship in fine form with two wins on the trot at Anaheim 1 and San Diego. Hunter, too, won the first two races in 250SX East, standing tall at Houston and then Tampa in what was a spectacular finish to edge Nate Thrasher (Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing).

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Both were unable to win the first Triple Crown of their respective seasons this year, with Jett ultimately second at Anaheim 2 and Hunter third in Arlington. At the current stage of the series, Jett has won four from five races after his additional victories in Oakland and Seattle, while Hunter has won five out of six races contested (including Daytona, Indianapolis and Detroit).

In total, 250SX East red plate-holder Hunter has won 10 main events and the current 250SX West leader Jett has been victorious 11 times. That’s 10 wins out of 27 main events for Hunter, while Jett has won on 11 occasions in 28 starts. Notably, Jett has not yet won a Triple Crown, while Hunter has emerged as the overall victor in such format once, at Glendale 2022. Each have one 250SX East/West Showdown win apiece.

Monster Energy Supercross resumes this Saturday at State Farm Stadium, Glendale. Jett leads the western regional standings by 23 points ahead of RJ Hampshire (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing), while eastern regional red plate-holder Hunter will return to action at the Atlanta round on 15 April, currently holding a 35-point advantage in front of Thrasher.