TEEN motocross sensation Hunter Lawrence has stamped his authority on the world stage, finishing a jaw-dropping third place at the 2015 World Junior Motocross Championships, held in Spain last weekend.
The 15-year-old Sunshine Coast teenager battled 80 of the world’s best 14-17 year old 125cc racers, in stifling conditions, to take third place with 5-4 race results and announce himself as a future star of world motocross.
On board his YZ125, Lawrence was on the gas all weekend and was the second fastest qualifier in his group and confident of achieving his goal of a top five finish at the prestigious event.
Racing got underway with the winner determined by the highest points’ scorer over two 25 minute races and Lawrence was left mid pack after suffering from a poor start. He went to work on the hard pack El Molar circuit and started picking off the riders in front of him. By the half way point, he was just inside the top 10 and 14 seconds off the race lead but the momentum was building.
With one lap to go, Lawrence was in sixth and the top six riders were separated by less than six seconds in an enthralling race. A last lap move saw Lawrence cross the line in fifth, an eye opening result.
Race two and with a better start, he was 12th on the opening lap and looking to get into the battle early. Again his relentless determination saw him surge forward and this time he finished the race in fourth place and his two consistent races saw him take the final spot on the podium in third place.
“My goal coming here was to finish in the top five but after the first race, I knew I could do better than that. At the end of that first race I was quicker than the riders in front of me and making time every lap so with a better start, I thought I could go for the race win,” Lawrence said.
“My start in race two was better but the time I lost passing the guys around the top 10 is what allows the leaders to get away. I charged through to fourth but I would love to have a few more laps and see how things would have ended up. I’m really happy to finish third against the best riders in the world. My goal is to race here in Europe in the future so hopefully this result can open some doors for me.”
Lawrence was part of a six rider team sent to contest the World Junior Motocross Championship in Spain and on the back of the strong performances by all riders, the team also finished in third place.
The Hunter Lawrence, Yamaha partnership is proving to be a successful one with Lawrence already claiming a Queensland Supercross Championship victory, two Queensland Motocross Championships and two Sunshine State Motocross championships and now a third place at the World Junior Motocross Championships since joining the Yamaha camp.
Lawrence returned to Australia today, is back at school tomorrow, and will also begin preparations for the Australian Junior Motocross Championship in Perth during September.