THE CAPTIVATING LAWRENCE BRO-SHOW!
With four consecutive weekends of racing to kick off the 2022 AMA Motocross Championship, moto fans sure haven’t been deprived of epic action. After a well-deserved weekend off, the series resumes this coming weekend (at the infamous Redbud National in Buchanan, Michigan) for the next four back-to-back rounds. So, what better time to reflect on the captivating show that Australian brothers and teammates, Jett and Hunter Lawrence, have put on over the opening four rounds of the 12-round series. Here’s a few ‘bro-show’ facts and stats to contemplate…
- The Lawrence brothers have finished 1-2 in six out of the eight motos run this year. They’ve also gone 1-2 in the Overall standings three times from four rounds.
- Jett has posted four straight Overall wins from four rounds. Which is not a bad way to kick off his title defence after becoming the first Aussie to ever win the AMA 250MX Pro Motocross title last season (Jett was the youngest ever AMA four-stroke champ, and fifth youngest all-time champ – behind James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana and Broc Glover).
- In addition to maintaining his undefeated streak of 250 Overall wins, Jett raised his total Overall victories to nine, while Hunter raised his 250-class moto-win tally to five.
- Hunter now sits 12 points behind Jett in the standings, but enjoys a 37-point lead over third place (Kawasaki’s Jo Shimoda).
- Last season, by going 1-3 in the Outdoor series’ final 250MX standings, Jett and Hunter became the first brothers in history to finish in the top three of an AMA Pro Motocross or AMA Supercross Championship. And it looks very much like they’re on-track to update that stat (from 1-3 to 1-2) in 2022. The real question is: which bro will claim this year’s No.1 plate?
- Two weeks ago, Hunter Lawrence signed a two-year extension to his agreement with Team Honda HRC, taking him through to the end of the 2024 season. Jett is already locked in with Honda until 2025 (and, if you believe VitalMX’s recent RumourMill segment, the 18-year-old Aussie is likely to step up to the 450cc class for the 2023 Outdoor season).
By the way, if you haven’t seen the MX2 class’s second moto at Round 4’s High Point National, do yourself a favour and watch it. With Jett and Hunter trading passes for the moto lead half a dozen times (the two were never split by more than two seconds for the entire moto!), the race is an absolute must-watch cracker!
Talking about great racing, the premier 450MX class hasn’t been short of champagne roost-throwing action either, with four winners over the series’ first four rounds: Chase Sexton, Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac.