MQ’s Jett Lawrence European Update

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MOTORCYCLING QUEENSLAND. Mum Landsborough native Emma Lawrence tells us about 14-year-old Jett, the former World Champion who is racing in both the EMX 250 European motocross championship and ADAC development series.

“Jett’s year hasn’t been without its trials – but he is really loving his first year on the 250 after racing the 85cc last year. And the decision to race him in various EMX250 races and the ADAC series has been a great one for his experience.

In his first EMX, he didn’t qualify, as there were over 100 riders, and the age of most of the front runners is between 18-29, with ex-MX2 riders as well as newcomers, so at 14 he has a lot to learn in this class, from racecraft through to qualifying.

In Portugal, he qualified straight to the main and was a little nervous for his first gate drop in this class. His first laps proved to be a new experience with a lot of bar-banging, pushing and shoving going on. He ended up way back and got the experience of riding the roughest track he had ever seen.

The nerves were gone for the second moto, but he spun up on the mesh out of the gate so was nearly last, but on a very technical little muddy track, he worked his way up to 11th, which was an awesome result.

The next race was an ADAC at Drehna in Germany. This series attracts a lot of top riders from Europe and is awesome practice as they get to a GP-style format, not like EMX at the GPs. Jett got fourth overall with a third place in his last moto, so he’s improving each time.

Latvia GP was next on his race calendar and his second EMX race saw his best result. In his second moto he ran sixth for the whole moto but had an off-track excursion on the last lap and finished seventh, for eleventh overall.

Jett took confidence from that and went onto Molln for the second round of ADAC and won his first moto. In the second he rode through to 14th after a bad start, finishing only one point off the podium. Fourth moved him into third in the series.

This weekend was the French GP so, crazy fans and an awesome atmosphere. Jett didn’t qualify straight through as they take top-15. He was 18th but largely due to a crash and not finishing the session. Despite his results not looking great, he rode well and fought every lap for every position in the battle to get championship points. He was 19th in Moto 1, and in Moto 2 which was a muddier and more technical track he came from way back through to 14th before crashing and ending up 17th. He’s learning so much and as a 14-year-old racing in an Aussie MX2-equivalent class, this experience is so valuable for the long run, in creating a well-rounded rider.

Next race for both boys is Italy – a sandy track which Jett likes. Hunter will just be realistic with getting more bike time and hoping that as each week goes on his hand improves.”

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