Hunter Lawrence talks about first EMX win!
Hunter Lawrence of Monster Energy CLS Junior Team Green raced to a double victory in the third round of the FIM European EMX250 Motocross Championship at Teutschenthal in Germany.
The Australian teenager comfortably won his qualification group and led the opening moto on Saturday afternoon from start to finish for an impressive victory by fifteen seconds. After another good start in the second moto on Sunday morning he held second place for six laps before moving ahead to win by ten seconds to complete an unbeaten weekend. Hunter is now second in the championship points standings, just twelve points behind the series leader.
Darian Sanayei made it two green machines on the podium as he raced his Bud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki to third overall, his second consecutive podium. The young American had finished second in his qualifying group, ahead of the series leader, despite suffering with a headache but a poor start in the first moto forced him to charge through the pack for an eventual sixth placed finish. He led the second moto on Sunday morning for six laps before surrendering the lead to fellow Kawasaki rider Hunter Lawrence and he kept all other challengers at bay to complete a 1-2 for the green machines. The 6-2 moto results earnt Darian third overall for the weekend and he is now fourth in the championship standings. Teammate Nicolas Dercourt got a ninth overall; fifteenth of the first heat with some vision troubles, he scored a seventh position in the second race to come back tenth in the standings.
Hunter Lawrence: “I felt good all weekend long on this track. I had a good qualifying session, and got a good start in both races. In the first one on Saturday I wasn’t pushing too much during the opening laps, just doing my things and got a win. Today I had a good battle with Darian; when I was following him I was taking some rocks on my body but I finally passed him and pulled away. It was a good weekend. I want to thanks all my crew and the team; it’s good to reward them for all the hard work they’ve done. Yesterday the track was difficult and rough, but today it was cool as we had many lines so it was easier for passing.”
Darian Sanayei: “Coming here I didn’t feel so good; I had a headache and I was not sure I would have enough energy. In the first moto I was pretty far back at the first corner and I wasn’t riding really good but I got a sixth place finish. I knew that today would be better; I got a holeshot, which was good, and I pushed during the first part of the moto; I was leading for six laps and then Hunter passed me but with a sixth and a second place I got another podium result. It’s great to get two podiums in a row; again I scored a sixth position in the first race so now I need to improve my first motos to achieve a better position on the podium.”
Nicolas Dercourt: “Not exactly what I was expecting, but the results are better than in Latvia. I qualified in fourth in my group, and was confident; at the start of the first race I was twelfth, but another rider sent a stone in my goggles and I had vision troubles, with mud and dust in the goggles, I finished fifteenth. The second start was similar, during the first laps I lost some positions but then passed enough riders to score a seventh position. There’s still some points I need to improve, but it’s coming better.”
Pic: Stanley Leroux / Pascal Haudiquert