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The Lawrence Brothers And Jo Shimoda Keep Honda On Top At 40th Paris Supercross

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Australian siblings Jett Lawrence (18) and Hunter Lawrence (96) were never far about during the six races contested over the two-day event. Photo: Pascal Haudiquert

In a noteworthy preview ahead of the imminent 2024 AMA Supercross kickoff in seven weeks, Team Honda HRC’s formidable trio—Jett Lawrence, Hunter Lawrence, and Jo Shimoda—delivered commendable performances at the Paris Supercross.

This prestigious event, marking its 40th year, serves as the pinnacle race of the off-season, providing a crucial assessment of the riders’ and teams’ preparedness for the upcoming challenges.

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Jett Larence went 1-1-1-2-2-1 in the 450 class to be crowned the 2023 King of Paris. Photo: Pascal Haudiquert

Carrying the momentum from an incredibly successful 2023 season, Jett Lawrence was unbeaten in the first night’s three motos, and he added another victory on day 2, never finishing worse than second. It was plenty good enough to earn him the “King of Paris” crown in his 450 debut on a true supercross track, and it augurs well for the coming season.

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Jett Lawrence (18) and brother Hunter flying the Honda and Aussie flag in France. Photo: Photo: Pascal Haudiquert

“It was awesome! Obviously, I’m still learning on the big bike in Supercross, and it’s nice to have my brother with me learning now too,” Jett Lawrence explained. “The first night was great—the vibes were awesome. The second day I was dealing with being tired and a bit of jetlag, so that was pretty difficult; I wasn’t on my game as much as Saturday, but still so fun. The fans here are so energetic—at least they had energy, because for sure I didn’t! It was my first time in Paris, so it was nice to get in some shopping and be a tourist a bit. I’m definitely excited to come back next year.”

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Hunter Lawrence (96) took a moto win in his 450 class debut. Photo: Photo: Pascal Haudiquert

Making his race debut on the CRF450RWE, Hunter Lawrence enjoyed some close racing with his brother, and he notched a win of his own and only finished off the podium on one occasion, taking an impressive second overall.

“The first time coming to Paris is really special,” Hunter Lawrence enthused. “I had a lot of family here and stuff, so it was really cool. It was a busy, busy, long, tiring three days, really. I’m happy it’s done, happy we’re walking away healthy. We’ve got a lot more information on the bike; it definitely doesn’t feel like a 250, with how fast things happen and come at you, especially out of berms, right into something—there’s so much inertia. We’ll keep improving towards the start of the season, and then hopefully keep ramping it up throughout the year.”

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Japanese rider Jo Shimoda made a winning return to Honda after being crowned Prince of Paris. Photo: Photo: Pascal Haudiquert

Meanwhile, CRF250R-mounted Jo Shimoda—making his racing return to Honda after three years away—took top honours in the 250 class, collecting four wins over the course of the weekend and never finishing off the podium.

“Overall, we took the win, so I’m stoked,” Shimoda said. “Obviously, I did find some stuff that I need to work on, but I’m super-stoked on how everything is going—smooth, steady progress. I honestly just enjoyed these two days. I was confident with my pace; I feel like my riding was good, and my starts were good too. But with having just five-minute races, once things didn’t go well in the first two laps, it’s hard to regroup and pass all those guys. But winning four out of six motos, I think I had good focus. I’m really happy with my effort.”

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Photo: Pascal Haudiquert

450 Overall Results
1 Jett Lawrence (Hon) 1-1-1-2-2-1
2 Hunter Lawrence (Hon) 2-2-6-1-3-3
3 Cooper Webb (Yam) 5-3-3-4-4-2
4 Ken Roczen (Suz) 3-6-2-3-1-6
5 Cedric Soubeyras (Hon) 4-4-5-6-6-4

250 Overall Results
1 Jo Shimoda (Hon) 1-1-3-1-3-1
2 Tom Vialle (KTM) 8-2-1-4-2-2
3 Anthony Bourdon (Kaw) 4-4-4-3-1-3
4 Jace Owen (Yam) 2-3-2-2-8-6
5 Cullin Park (Hon) 3-5-5-5-7-4

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