Jett Lawrence has regained the AMA Supercross Championship lead at Glendale, Arizona which has eluded him since he relinquished it at round two.
After topping the free-practice and first qualifying-practice sessions, Jett Lawrence ended up second in the combined 450SX times. The 20-year-old then went on to finish fourth in his heat race to go straight through to the main.
Jett was shuffled back off the start of the 450SX main event and faced challenges early in the race, including being pushed off the track by another rider. Motivated to gain critical championship points, the young Australian worked his way through the pack, passing many of his rivals to finish the race in third and regain the championship lead, with a six-point advantage over second place.
“We had a couple of times where my brain turned off, but I just focused on hitting my marks and keeping my lap times consistent down the stretch,” Jett explained. “I know I’m not the fastest at this type of conditions, so I kind of just take it as it is. I think coming into the race with the attitude of being patient and understanding where my limits were helped me get into a calm mindset for the night.”
Jett Lawrence remains the only 450SX rider to have scored more than one win so far this year.
Hunter Lawrence notched a career-best result in the premier division. Hunter had a steady ride, showing that he has the pace to run with the lead group and earning his first top-five showing.
“Really good weekend overall—a lot of pros and positives to take away,” Hunter reflected. “We’ve been working really hard during the week, so it’s cool to see that stuff pay off. I’m really looking forward to this small pause in the race schedule, to continue building and getting stronger.”
Supercross Live reporter Broc Bridges pointed out that Jett and Hunter Lawrence’s 3/5 results at Glendale marked the first time that brothers have ever both finished in the top five in the premier class of an AMA Supercross event.
AMA Supercross now gets its first off weekend of the year before resuming in Arlington, Texas, on February 24.