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Hunter Lawrence takes first career race win in France

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Hunter Lawrence finished off the season on a high note for everyone involved in the Suzuki World MX2 team as the young Australian won his first ever moto, at the MXGP of Pays de Monbeliard, France.

In horrible conditions, Lawrence took a great start on board his RM-Z250 and never looked back, pulling a gap on the rest of the field as they struggled to match his pace in the slippery mud.

After a fourth in the first moto, this victory was good enough to give him second overall and his second podium in the last three rounds.
Hunter Lawrence made the best of the heavy conditions
For the young Australian it was a great ending to what was a very promising rookie MX2 campaign.

‰ÛÏI came into today really happy because I had first gate pick after winning qualifying yesterday. In the first moto it was quite wet, as a lot of rain fell so it was really muddy and slippery," Lawrence explained.

"It was really difficult conditions. I got a decent start though, and made some passes to come up to fifth and then fourth quite quickly. However, I couldn‰Ûªt make a dent in the guys in front and finished fourth. In the second moto I went for the start, put it all in, and my RM-Z250 came out well on the inside and I held on to come out in the lead. I just then put my head down, put in my own laps and increased my lead and was really happy with how it all went.

"I‰Ûªm really happy for the win and to end the season on a high note. I was pumped because Thomas Covington was closing in at the end because I was just trying to get it over the line at that stage. Leading a race is a whole different ball game from coming through the pack but I enjoyed it and now I get to look forward to the Motocross of Nations.‰Û
Spraying the campaign once again.
Main Photo: Hunter Lawrence

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), 36:11.422
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:08.614
3. Jed Beaton (AUS, Honda), +0:20.237
4. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki), +0:53.472
5. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +2:11.199
6. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +2:16.250
7. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s)
8. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), -1 lap(s)
9. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, Yamaha), -2 lap(s)
10. Magne Klingsheim (NOR, Kawasaki), -2 lap(s).

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki), 34:29.429
2. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:06.026
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:31.358
4. Jed Beaton (AUS, Honda), +0:32.182
5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:36.050
6. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:46.028
7. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:48.764
8. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), +1:04.132
9. Stephen Rubini (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:10.619
10. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +1:14.259.

MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 47 points
2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, SUZ), 43 Points
3. Jed Beaton (AUS, HON), 38 Points
4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 38 Points
5. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 36 Points
6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 23 Points
7. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 21 Points
8. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 21 Points
9. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 20 Points
10. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, YAM), 20 Points
In a proud Australian moment Lawrence got to share the podium with his compatriot Jed Beaton.
MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 771 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 732 Points
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 579 Points
4. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 532 Points
5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 504 Points
6. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 490 Points
7. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 460 Points
8. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 407 Points
9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, SUZ), 395 Points
10. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 309 Points

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