Hunter Lawrence tops MX2 Overall and wins Ricky Carmichael Award for best young rider
Hunter Lawrence stared for Team Australia overnight during the prestigious Motocross of Nations event staged this year at Matterley Basin in the UK.
Hunter Lawrence not only scored 4-8 results across his two motos, which included MXGP and MX Open class machines, but also took out the MX2 class overall on his RM-Z250.
Those results earned the young Queenslander the Ricky Carmichael Award for best young rider.
Hunter Lawrence – Team Australia – MX2 Winner – Ricky Carmichael Award
“The day started off really well, with a good start on my RM-Z250. It was a good race with the 450s and I ended up fourth which was really cool, finishing ahead of some top-quality riders and I was the first MX2 rider across the line.
“It was a short break between the two motos and I didn’t get as good of a start in the second race and I had to work my way through the pack. There was so much mud on my helmet and I had to take the goggles off but I was riding well and making passes. I took a rock to the eye at one stage and that hurt a lot but others were making mistakes and I kept charging and eventually got up to third. Unfortunately, my helmet was falling down across my eyes and I couldn’t see so well and I crashed a couple of laps from the end. Obviously it was a massive let down for myself as I ended up finishing eighth after that mistake. I still won the MX2 class and won the Ricky Carmichael award for best young rider so I’m really happy with that and with helping Australia to a sixth overall.”
Countryman Kirk Gibbs took a brilliant fifth in the opening moto and backed that up with 19th in his second effort.
Dean Ferris looked ready to ride but a few mistakes cost the reigning Australian Motocross Champion dearly and he carded disappointing 22-23 results from his two motos. He also made a pit-stop to fix and issue in the opening moto.
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