News 10 Oct 2023

‘It was good to finish on a high’ – Lawrence on MXoN

Race three victory for Australian to conclude 76th edition in France.

Image: James Lissimore.

Team Australia’s Jett Lawrence put it all together to take out the final moto of the 2023 Motocross of Nations (MXoN), with the Honda rider indicating post-race that ‘it was good to finish on a high’ at Ernee.

Lawrence made his 450 debut in the event last year at RedBud and impressed to take out the overall win in the Open category, and for 2023 he represented in MXGP off the back of a stellar year in the US.

The qualifying race on Saturday saw Lawrence complete the opening lap in P7, charging his way through the field as the encounter progressed to ultimately take the chequered flag in second position and 4.376s behind MXGP world champion Jorge Prado (Spain).

Lawrence’s first outing on Sunday was race one (MXGP and MX2), where a crash while trying to make a move around the outside in the early stages left him to recover from the back of the field. Following a spirited charge, he was able to reach P6 by race-end.

His final race of the weekend was the third moto (MXGP and Open), and after starting second he was able to take the lead from Team Germany’s Ken Roczen in the middle stages of the bout to conclude the weekend with a victory.

“The first race, the start wasn’t too bad – I was there,” said Lawrence. “I was in the top 10 and I thought I had a good chance of winning it, but I made an aggressive pass on the outside and went down.

“Starting dead-last wasn’t ideal but I had a pretty good flow around the track and felt fit and didn’t get tired at all. My last six laps were the fastest so I was happy with that.

“The second moto, I wanted to go out and win the thing. I had a decent start, around third, then I made a quick move for second and was chasing Kenny again like back in America.

“I felt at home, although he had a lot better lines than I did at the start, so I was following him for a bit, but once I was able to get around him, I put my head down and flowed just like home. It was good to get the win and finish on a high.”

With 6-1 results, Lawrence finished third in the MXGP overall standings behind Roczen and Prado, while Team Australia scored a best-ever runner-up result in the Nation’s classification.