Crashes Prove Costly for Hunter Lawrence in the Netherlands


Hunter Lawrence led championship leader Jorge Prado until a crash ended his time at the front.
Team Honda 114 Motorsports‰Ûª Hunter Lawrence wasn't able to translate his speed into a results he deserved at the penultimate round of the 2018 motocross world championships in Assen.

The Australian could feel disappointed because the Australian rider actually led the first moto after making the pass for the lead on the fourth corner. Unfortunately a few laps later he misjudged the treacherous track surface and crashed, eventually finishing the race in sixth place. Another good start on board his CRF250R in the second race gave him a great chance to redeem himself but a mistake in turn two dropped him down the field and any chance of a podium went with it.
Lawrence showed plenty of speed but to much time on the ground cost the Australian.
"My speed was a lot better than the last sand race in Lommel, but the results really don‰Ûªt do my riding level justice," Lawrence lamented.

"We were second in timed qualifying but I couldn‰Ûªt capitalise on that because I got caught up in a first turn crash. I got back up to ninth and felt good about my riding. And then today, I was third in warm-up and then the first moto started off really good.

"I got an awesome start on my Honda CRF250R, ending up second around the second corner and then on the fourth turned I made the pass for the lead. I was leading for the first few laps and that was great but I chose a bad line and got passed and then when I pushed to try and get back past him, I made a mistake and that cost me.

"The second moto I made another stupid mistake in the second corner and another great start and that meant I had no chance of a good result overall. It‰Ûªs disappointing but I‰Ûªm keeping my head up for the final round where hopefully the results will be much better," Lawrence concluded.

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 34:14.374
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:06.207
3. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:10.027
4. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:12.331
5. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:23.068
6. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Honda), +0:29.770
7. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Yamaha), +0:36.515
8. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:36.858
9. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:38.351
10. Adam Sterry (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:43.764

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 34:24.408
2. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:07.591
3. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:15.909
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:18.212
5. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:19.609
6. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:26.899
7. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Yamaha), +0:42.290
8. Adam Sterry (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:48.350
9. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:50.004
10. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Honda), +0:51.541

MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 50 Points
2. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 40 Points
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 40 Points
4. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 38 Points
5. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 34 Points
6. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 28 Points
7. Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 28 Points
8. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, HON), 26 Points
9. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 24 Points
10. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 20 Points

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 823 points
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 777 Points
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 633 Points
4. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 585 Points
5. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 565 Points
6. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 521 Points
7. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 366 Points
8. Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 365 Points
9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, HON), 331 Points
10. Henry Jacobi (GER, HUS), 311 Points

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