Jett Lawrence interview - Winner
Posted on October 16, 2020
There is no doubt, Jett Lawrence is the real deal. His AMA Nationals 250 overall victory last weekend proved he isn’t just a supercross guy and wants it in both forms of the sport in America, and that is a good thing. Is he the future of the sport, that we don’t know just yet, but he sure seems to have the momentum and personality to be something special. He spoke to the press last weekend and here are some of the comments he made.
“It definitely feels good. That’s what we work up to, is to be on top of the box, so it definitely was good to be up there finally. This year I was shooting to be on the podium as much as I can, just to get on the podium, and it’s funny that we were talking about before, like my first-ever podium is an overall win. It definitely feels great to finally get this done and under my belt, to get a moto win and an overall win, so everyone’s told me the first one is always the hardest and the next one is a lot easier because you mentally know it. I’m definitely happy with this, it puts you on a very good mentality for next season, so I’m definitely happy with this.
“Yeah. One thing with me and my brother, we get better the more races we do, the more we get to know how everyone races, it becomes a lot more natural for us. Definitely, my progress from the start of the year to now is a big difference, but I’m glad that we improved. If we didn’t, we would be scratching our heads, so it’s definitely good progress this season.
“Well, we just want to beat each other as much as we can. We don’t really care about most other people, we just want to beat each other, so… We love each other, but then again when we’re on the track we hate each other. We’ll take each other’s front wheels out. We have a pretty good connection, we joke around, that stuff and now we don’t fight as much because we’re not living in the same house. We get along really good, same with racing, when we race each other, we race each other clean and not dirty at all.
“Yeah, obviously when you beat him (Justin Cooper) after talking crap to him, you’re pretty good [laughs]. My opinion, that’s last weekend, this weekend it’s about the moto win, really [laughs].
“Obviously starts helped. They ripped the track deep – it wasn’t five feet deep like they normally do at every other race. So, the race today, the track, you had to be really smart and smooth, not like normal just go and hit into the turn hard on the brakes and bury the bike. It was a lot more technical today, you had to be smart, where I felt like us riders like Dylan and I could really stand out. Obviously, we had those sand rollers, so Dylan ended up telling me how I was so much better in the rollers because of Lommel. This felt like more of a euro track with really dry, sharp-edge bumps, so I felt comfortable. As everything went together, every piece of the puzzle was put together. I got good starts, was riding good.
“Yeah, most people would take some time off, but I feel like I’m just getting started, really. I still have way more speed to come, so I’m starting Supercross on Tuesday to get back in that prime again. I don’t want to lose my speed and that stuff from this year, so hopefully I can just start where I ended off in Supercross and just keep on building.
“It sucks for the team (Geicoe Honda ending) because there’s a lot of good guys behind the scenes. It sucks to see a truck leave the paddock, as most people said, and it definitely felt good to go 1-2-3 in that last moto. I was surprised Jo (Shimoda) was up there, I thought he was a lapped rider, so congrats to him – a nice, clean Honda sweep. Jeff Majkrzak and Rick Zielfelder have been in this industry for so long and it’s a bummer to see them leave. They’re like a family to me, so will always stay in my heart for the rest of my career. Yeah, luckily for a rider on that team it’s a lot easier to kind of keep on riding, unlike the mechanics. I’m not sure when, but we’ll obviously release something soon. I’m not going to give you guys any details. I’ll let you wait till then and give you a bit of a surprise, but yeah, I’ll give you one hint… basically, it’s going to have two wheels.”