News 20 Jun 2023

Penalty costs Lawrence seven points in 250MX title race

For jumping on a red cross flag in High Point 250MX moto two.

Image: Octopi Media.

Team Honda HRC’s Hunter Lawrence received a penalty for jumping on a red cross flag during the second moto at High Point, costing him seven points in the 250MX title race.

Lawrence notched 3-1 finishes in the fourth round of the 2023 Pro Motocross Championship to emerge on top for the day, and despite the penalty, the updated AMA results see the number 96 keep the overall.

“Apart from the penalty, it was a great day,” Lawrence said. “We got the overall, so we couldn’t ask for more there. The track was wild. There were so many soft spots and sinkholes that you didn’t really know what to do; it was all throttle control and finesse.

“From first practice on, my goal was just to not crash. I took what I could in the first moto without getting too aggressive, and just focused on hitting my lines in the second. It was a really good day for us, and I’m looking forward to a little break.”

Following the opening eight motos of the season, Lawrence leads Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Haiden Deegan by 28 points in the 250MX standings as the Pro Motocross Championship heads into its first weekend off, before resuming at RedBud on 1 July.