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Jett Lawrence interview - Winner

Jett Lawrence interview - Winner

Jun 11

  • Interview

Young Australian Jett Lawrence continues to show he is the man of the moment, although he isn’t holding the red plate and that claim goes to his older brother Hunter. The Lawrence brothers are really warming up for the 2024 AMA 450 Nationals. Jett spoke to the World media and this is what he told us.

MXLarge: You gave props to Doc Gubernick today. We watched it a million times, it wasn’t just a hard crash, you got clipped. You got punched in the face first, then it threw you down, and then it spiked you afterwards. But you relaxed a little bit and got some therapy this week I’m sure and my goodness, you come out here and you turn the tables 180.

Lawrence: Yeah, it was a rough one last weekend for sure. But during the week, it was, we had what we like to call a stiff kitty throughout the week in therapy. I couldn’t see G too much during the week because I was in Florida doing some resting and try some other things in the suspension. We got here Thursday, and wait until Friday, G landed and came straight to the hotel. He did his magic, got me feeling better. Even Friday before we saw him, we did press, and it was looking rough. I can tell you that. G has those magic hands, and it helped a lot. I’m super happy and grateful, because It could have been way worse, and I got lucky with it, so I’m definitely thankful.

MXlarge: I kind of thought you were going to let the race come to you, but it seemed like you rode the position you were in, and when you felt ready you made the typical Jett move.

Lawrence: In the second one more so, my legs were already shot. So, I had a bit of lazy riding at the start and any outside that was flat, I was just sitting and kind of bouncing on the bumps a bit. I knew I had to keep Hunter close because he was right there in front of me. Chase had a charge at the start and ended up going down, but I had to stay there. Midway through that second moto, I was like, Oh do I just stay here in third? But I’ve got to try to make the points up. I’ll just stay in third and see if someone comes up. Hunter made a small mistake, and he relaxed in that section, and I was able to get him there. Then I was like, Okay I’ve got to get Justin because otherwise Hunter is going to get me back. I sprinted and ended up getting Cooper with a few laps and it was just head down, keep on charging. It was an all-around pretty good day I’d have to say.

MXLarge: How much pain were you still in from last weekend and how did you manage that throughout the day?

Lawrence: I think a lot of riders can agree with this, once you get the adrenaline going, it kind of helps a lot. The biggest problem for me on the riding side of things was my shoulder. I just had no strength. Doctor G taped it up for me to try to hold up a bit, so it doesn’t give out on those impacts. My leg was actually pretty okay, it was more so my hip. It was good enough obviously to ride and I just knew if I could keep my head down and focus on my riding, I can kind of mentally block out that pain. It helped a lot, but we would much rather be 100% and kind of use all of my skills. It’s a little sucky holding back with a few things, like not getting back on some stuff and I just bounce on my butt. It’s definitely a lot better than last week, I can say that.

MXlarge: You tell us you are always really focused, but did you know you lost your side plate at any stage?

Lawrence: I just thought the guys took it off to give to somebody and I was like, where is my sideplate. I didn’t know how it came off, but it still worked okay without it, the Honda still went well.

MXlarge: You kind of had this in Supercross, where you had the same thing happen and you had to come back and build your points again. You are in that position now and do you feel like what happened in supercross will now help you here?

Lawrence: Yes, I think there are a few things I can take away from that, but I am dealing with a different person and I know he isn’t going to make it easy for me and I will just keep my head down and I just don’t want that number 96 in front of me, because it will be a pain in the ass.

MXlarge: You were obviously riding your own race, but did you know at all what was going on with Sexton in that moto or did you try to keep an eye on him?

Lawrence: Not really, I was kind of more just focused on the people in front of me. Chase was riding hard at the start, and was kind of thinking, he is pushing a little bit, but he might pull it off. And then he ended up going down. I think he clipped a foot peg when he jumped up. I haven’t seen the crash, but you don’t want to ever see that. It kind of helped not focusing on him then because it would have been another guy I would have had to pass. So then I was just kind of focusing on Hunter and Justin but most of the time I was just more focused on myself where I can try to find the smoothest line and flowing line that I can hit every time. Obviously, like Hunter said, the traction wasn’t the best so you’re kind of looking for the easiest spot to take that’s going to make sure you’re not going to wash the front or wash the rear out.

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