EUROPE. Australian rider Hunter Lawrence is really having a hard time in the 2018 season. Having won the MX2 class at the 2017 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, many expected him to fight for the MX2 championship, and really give the Red Bull KTM Factory riders, Pauls Jonass and Jorge Prado some challenges.
Sickness, injuries and just plan bad form has seen the Aussie struggle, and presently he sits in 14th place in the series points. His season started well in Argentina, with 2-6 results, and he followed that up with 6-6 scores in the cold of Holland and then 5-5 in round three in Spain, but an injury saw him miss three rounds in Italy (Lawrence sustained a broken middle metacarpal in his right hand during Saturday’s timed practice session at the MXGP of Trentino), Portugal, and Russia, before he returned with zero points in Latvia and again a minor head injury when he knocked himself out, meaning he also missed the next round due to the medical team not allowing him to race.
The youngster from down under then missed Germany, and came back in England with just seven points, but was able to find some form with 23 points in France last weekend, and a 6th place finish in the opening race.
“The first race wasn’t great off the start as I crashed so I had to regroup from last place after that incident. I was coming through the pack well though, showing good speed and I got back to sixth. Unfortunately, I hit a bit of a wall with about 10 minutes to go, so I had to settle for sixth, which wasn’t too bad given the start I had.
A crash in race two in France meant that he could only manage a 13th position on the track but did score a top ten finish overall.
“In the second race I was perhaps a bit too impatient and I clashed with another rider on the opening lap again. I fought back to around 10th place and was making a move on the red plate holder Pauls Jonass when I picked a rut that had caved in, and I lost my front wheel and fell over. I tried my best to salvage whatever I could get and that ended up being 13th place for 10th overall. I think this weekend was just about positive because I got some more bike fitness, but this isn’t where I want to be, so I need to keep fighting hard to improve.”
Now onto another round in Italy, and you can be sure the Australian will want to try and regain the form that saw him have such success at the MXoN, and also a few rounds in 2017. It has been a long hard season for Lawrence, and no doubt at one point throughout this season we should see the real Hunter Lawrence race.