Latvia bites Waters and Lawrence

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EUROPE. The return of the Aussies didn’t bear that well at the 2018 FIM MXGP of Latvia. In the MX2, former Queensland resident Hunter Lawrence was making his return back to the class after breaking a bone in his hand on his 114 Motorsport Honda. Lawrence finished third in Saturday’s Qualifying Race granting him third gate pick for Sunday’s racing. It was on the second lap where it all came unstuck for the Aussie coming off second best after a jump being thrown over the bars in a nasty looking crash.

After a consistent qualification race yesterday, Hunter Lawrence will, unfortunately, go back home without points this weekend,” a statement from the 114 Motorsports team confirmed. “He was in fourth place in first moto, but lost the front and landed pretty hard on his head after a step up. He is ok, but to not take any risks he won’t start in second moto. Let’s keep being positive and focus on next GP in Germany.”

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In the MXGP, Todd Waters scoring a guest ride with HRC Honda was ecstatic about returning to the MXGP Circuit. After setting the twentieth fastest time in Saturday’s Timed Practice. It was around lap 8 while running in eighth in Saturday’s Qualifying Race where it came unstuck for the Aussie, being abruptly ejected from his Honda over the handlebars breaking his collarbone.

“Obviously I’m devastated – this is surely not the way I wanted my MXGP return to be – but that’s racing. All we can do now is to do whatever is needed to be back on track as soon as possible. I want to thank the team for their outstanding work as I was really enjoying riding the bike this afternoon.”

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