JETT LAWRENCE: REWRITING HISTORY
Heading into last weekend’s penultimate round of the AMA 250SX West series in Denver, CO, with a very comfortable 39-point lead, Australia’s Jett Lawrence was always a short-odds favourite to claim the title with a round to spare – and do so just a week after his older brother, Hunter, wrapped up the AMA 250SX East title. And that’s exactly what the freakishly talented 19-year-old Jett did with a measured, come-from-behind third place; handing Honda their 20thAMA Supercross support-class (125cc 2T / 250cc 4T) championship win.
In the process, Jett has also notched up an astonishing list of record-equaling or record-beating stats. So, let’s take stock of them. In just three seasons in the USA since turning Pro in 2020, Jett has…
- Become only the fourth rider to win both East and West regions’ 125/250SX championships;
- Joined James Stewart as the only riders to win both regions and two AMA Pro MX crowns;
- Become only the fourth rider to win four AMA 125/250 professional titles (the other three: Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart and Ryan Villopoto);
- Established himself as the winningest AMA 125/250 SX/MX rider in Honda’s history, with 26 victories across the two series; and
- Joined his brother, Hunter, in becoming the first siblings in history to concurrently win AMA SX titles. And with 2023 marking Honda’s 50thanniversary of its first production motocross bike, the CR250M Elsinore (which Gary Jones rode to Honda’s first AMA MX Championship win in 1973), the Lawrence boys’ sweeping success this season is certainly going to go a looooong way with Honda’s big brass.
All of which is going to make this coming weekend’s series finale – a combined 250SX East-West Showdown in Utah’s Salt Lake City – a race for the ages. Don’t miss it!