Jett Lawrence: I was really bummed not to qualify!
Jett Lawrence is making a huge step from racing the 85cc last year to moving up to the 250cc and having a go at the EMX250 Championship on his Suzuki.
The normal route for most of the youngsters racing in Europe is to move up to the EMX125 series first but with the Aussie moving to America next year he wants a years experience on the MX2 machine first which is understandable. Going to America with having to adapt to Supercross and the 250cc machine would be a big ask so at least he should be comfortable on the bigger bike for when he makes the move over there.
Lawrence who’s still only fourteen years old made his EMX250 debut at the weekend. During the timed practice on a flat out track he was only half a second from qualifying straight through to the main races. He ended up twenty-first during his timed practice qualifying group and put in a quicker lap than well known names such as Karlis Sabulis, Liam Knight, Yuri Quarti and Freek van der Vlist just to name a view – not bad for a fourteen year old!
In the LCQ race, Lawrence was battling for a qualifying position as the top four from the race went through to the races but unfortunately crashed but he had the speed. In terms of equipment, he has a good bike as he’s managed to get Zach Pichon’s Suzuki machine from last year as he’s made the switch to KTM’s.
With three more weeks on the bike, Lawrence has a real chance of qualifying at the second round of the series which would be a huge achievement in itself for the youngster.
“My main aim for my first EMX250 race was too qualify. I have been really happy with my riding and how I have been progressing on the 250, and I thought I might just get in the top 18, so to finish 21st and I was really bummed not to qualify but my dad was really happy with my riding and said that the class is fast this year, “2.8 secs off 1st place ain’t too bad buddy”.
“The LCQ race was going okay, I got a start in 8th and settled in a for few laps and I was happy with my pace and started to catch 7th place and thought I should try and make a pass but it didn’t go to plan because I washed the front, after that I pulled into the pits because I thought it was no use because I was in last but my dad/mechanic told me to go back out there and still do some laps and training on a cool track. Not the result I wanted but I will keep working and try to find a little bit more speed for the next round. As you probably know I’m only 14 years old and have a lot to learn from the guys in this class so I just want to get in the races and learn this year”.
“My bikes are Zach Pichon’s bikes from last year and they are well and truly good enough for me so I would like to thank Marc Van Palen for keeping my engines fresh and Thomas Hannecke from Suzuki Germany for supporting me and giving me the opportunity to compete this year at this level.” Lawrence exclusively told Gatedrop.com.
Lawrence posted the following message on social media:
Pic: Niek Kamper