Hunter Lawrence’s first Grand Prix podium finish in Germany

Hunter Lawrence’s first Grand Prix podium finish in Germany

International Motocross Champion Hunter Lawrence

2017 World MX2 Championship - Hunter Lawrence - Credit - Suzuki World Racing
Lawrence wins German MX2 Grand Prix - with insert at MXDN's in the UK

Photos:  [Left] Team Suzuki Rider  Hunter Lawrence in a photoshoot prior to his debut in Qatar in the opening round of the 2017 World MX2 Championship (Credit: Suzuki World Racing); and [Right] Lawrence  on his way to his first podium in the 2007 German MX2 Grand Prix at the Teutschental circuit in Germany.

Hunter Lawrence's first GP podium in Germany

On 21 May 2017, Australian Hunter Lawrence posted his best career result finishing second overall at the German MX2 Grand Prix held at the Teutschental circuit.

Part of the Suzuki World MXGP squad managed by world motocross legend, Stefan Everts, the young Queenslander finished fourth on his Suzuki RM-Z250 bike in Moto 1 and third in Moto 2 to finish on the winner’s podium for the first time.

Lawrence finished in second place behind his Swiss team mate Jeremy Seewer (1-4, Suzuki) and ahead of Latvia’s Pauls Jonass (2-5, KTM). It was Seewer’s second overall career win and Lawrence’s first podium since making his debut in the MX2 World Championship in Qatar on 25 February 2017.  Thomas Covington from the United States won the second moto after finishing 14th in the first aboard his Husqvarna.

Lawrence loved riding the Teutschental circuit In Germany, having won here the previous year in the EMX250 class. In both races in Round 8 of the 2017 MX2 World Championship in Germany, he came from behind and progressively worked his way up to fourth and third overall, respectively, without any mistakes.

2017 was a breakout year for Hunter Lawrence, finishing on the podium three times ending the season on a high with seconds in the final two rounds – in the American and French Grand Prix races on 3 and 17 September, 2017. He finished ninth overall in the 19 round World MX2 Championship series with his Suzuki team mate Seewer finishing second to Latvia’s Pauls Jonass.

Later that year at the World Motocross of Nations Team event on 1 October 2017 at Matterley Basin in the UK, in his first attempt he won the overall MX2 class. He became the first Australian to achieve this feat, leading the Aussies to sixth overall on his Suzuki RM-250, scoring 4-8 results across his two motos, which included the MXGP and MX Open class machines.

These results earned the young Queenslander the 2017 Ricky Carmichael Award, which is assigned to the youngest and best placed rider in the final of every Motocross des Nations.

2017 World MX2 Motocross Grand Prix Results Teutschental, Germany

1. Jeremy Seewer, Switzerland (1-4, Suzuki)
2. Hunter Lawrence, Australia (4-3, Suzuki)
3. Pauls Jonass, Latvia (2-5, KTM)
4. Thomas Covington, US (14-1, Husqvarna)
5. Thomas Kjer Olsen, Denmark (3-12, Husqvarna)

Moto 1
1. Jeremy Seewer, Switzerland (Suzuki)
2. Pauls Jonass, Latvia (KTM)
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen, Denmark (Husqvarna)
4. Hunter Lawrence, Australia (Suzuki)
5. Brian Hsu, Germany (Husqvarna)

Moto 2
1. Thomas Covington, United States (Husqvarna)
2. Benoit Paturel, France (Yamaha)
3. Hunter Lawrence, Australia (Suzuki)
4. Jeremy Seewer, Switzerland (Suzuki)
5. Pauls Jonass, Latvia (KTM)

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