News 7 Sep 2023

Lawrence brothers and Ferris named for Team Australia MXoN

Championship-winning squad selected for Ernee's 2023 Motocross of Nations.

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Team Australia will enter Jett and Hunter Lawrence alongside national MX1 champion Dean Ferris at the 2023 Motocross of Nations (MXoN) upon return to Ernee next month, Motorcycling Australia (MA) has officially announced.

New AMA Pro Motocross 450MX champion Jett Lawrence will lead the team as its MXGP entry, while 250MX champion Hunter Lawrence will continue as the team’s MX2 rider in France.

Both featured in Team Australia’s third-place effort at RedBud one year ago, where now 20-year-old Jett made a remarkable 450 debut to top the Open category overall, while elder brother Hunter was runner-up in MX2 to Team USA’s Justin Cooper.

Joining the Lawrence brothers this time around will be former longtime world championship regular Ferris, the crafty 33-year-old who delivered a commanding season upon returning to Yamaha to capture his fourth Australian premier class crown.

A grand prix winner during his international career, Ferris’ previous MXoN experience includes claiming second in MX2 at the 2013 edition of MXoN in Germany, with 2023 marking his seventh time representing Team Australia. His last appearance came in 2019 at Assen.

“The level of anticipation is high ahead of every Motocross of Nations is high, but this year it has gone to another level,” said Team Australia manager Michael Byrne.

“Hunter and Jett are in career-best form, and I continually marvel at the work rate, skill and temperament of Ferris – he’s the epitome of a tireless campaigner.

“The MXoN is a pinnacle event on the international calendar because it’s tough, pressure-packed and uncompromising – as it should be when the cream of the motocross crop from around the globe come together. I’m super confident Hunter, Jett and Dean will ride out of their skin and do Australia proud.”

Notably absent from the team is MXGP mainstay Mitch Evans, who was Team Australia’s MXGP entry last year and was heavily linked to retaining his place in recent weeks. It’s understood that the Kawasaki Racing Team rider is continuing to manage ongoing wrist issues, which affected his most recent MXGP outing in Turkey.

The 2023 Motocross of Nations marks the 76th edition of the prestigious international event, set for its highly-anticipated return to the famed Ernee circuit in France from 6-8 October.