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Australia creates history at 2023 MXdN’s in France

2023 Motocross des Nations, world teams event - ERNEE, FRANCE (7-8 October)
2023 Motocross des Nations Ernee France - Australia 2nd - Motorcycling Australia - Alex Kelly Photos
2023 MXdN's Ernee France 13 - Team Australia (Motorcycling Australia - Alex Kelly Photos)
2023 MXdN's Ernee France 12 - Ernee Circuit (Motorcycling Australia - Alex Kelly Photos)

Photos:  The Australian Team at the 2023 Motocross of Nations at Ernee in France – Jett Lawrence (7, MXGP Honda), Hunter Lawrence (8, MX2 Honda) and Dean Ferris (9, Yamaha, MX Open);  [Top right] Jett, older brother  Hunter and Dean Ferris during the riders parade; and  [Bottom right]  the Ernee circuit in France (All photos courtesy of Motorcycling Australia  and taken by Alex Kelly Photos).

Australia finishes second to host country in 2023 Motocross of Nations

Team France dominated the 2023 Motocross of Nations at Ernee to win the overall World Teams championship in front of a record-setting crowd of more than 100,000 spectators, with Australia finishing second (its best ever placing) and Italy rounding out the overall podium.

The Australian Team comprised the Lawrence brothers Jett (MXGP, Honda), Hunter (MX2 Honda) and Dean Ferris (Open, Yamaha) and finished second on 34 points behind France (14 pts) and ahead of Italy (43 pts) at the Moto Club Ernée circuit in western France, 60 miles from Le Mans.

Jett Lawrence anchored the Australian team, easily winning the third moto (MXGP/Open), which was led early by Germany’s Ken Roczen (the top MXGP rider with a 3-2 day). 

Jett was the fastest rider at the event, but unfortunately crashed at the start of his first race and stormed home to sixth from dead last position.

It was the third time ever that Australia has podiumed with the Lawrence brothers going one place higher than last year in America with Mitch Evans. Australia’s first podium came in 2011 at St Jean d’Angély, France with Chad Reed (MX1), Matt Moss (MX2) and Brett Metcalfe (Open) finishing third.

With the Lawrence brothers brilliant year in the USA cleaning up in the 2023 AMA supercross and motocross championships, Australia had high hopes of breaking through to win its first World Teams event in France on 8 October 2023.

But despite the Australian’s history-making second place, they did it tough over the weekend and were no match for the French who made the most of a home track advantage to dominate the 2023 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations.

French riders Maxime Renaux and Tom Vialle won their respective Open and MX2 classes, with their third team member Romain Febvre finishing fourth in the MXGP class, after winning the first moto (MXGP/MX2). 

After qualifying in third, the weight of the Nation was on the Australian team hoping to win its first ever MXoN’s. 

Reigning WorldSuperMotocross and AMA MX and SXW Champion Jett Lawrence qualified second in his MXGP class, older brother Hunter (who injured his back in his last race in the USA) was third in the MX2 class and Dean Ferris crashed heavily and crashed while in fourth and also had bike problems.

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News Highlights | Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nation 2023 – MXGPTV

Moto 1 (MXGP / MX2) France leads early ahead of Australia

2023 MXdN's Ernee France 04 - Hunter Lawrence (Motorcycling Australia - Alex Kelly Photos)

Australian Hunter Lawrence (Honda) finished 10-5 in his two rides and  was second overall in the MX2 class.

The first race of the day put the MXGP and MX2 riders head to head with Jorge Prado (Spain) taking the holeshot and early lead. Romain Febvre (France) slotted into second as the two checked out from the rest of the field.   RJ Hampshire and Jett Lawrence both hit the deck on lap one and were forced to rejoin the race from the rear of the field.

Febvre took over the lead on lap six but Prado stayed close for the middle portion of the race. With three laps to go, Prado reclaimed the lead with Febvre right in tow. With two laps left, Febvre claimed the win ahead of Prado and German Ken Roczen to put Team France into the overall lead.

Jett Lawrence clawed his way to sixth after crashing on lap one, while brother Hunter finished tenth in the race, but was one of the top riders in the MX2 class.  Team Australia sat second overall after the first moto.

Moto 2 (MX2 / MX Open) - French riders dominate, finishing 1-2

Race two saw the MX2 riders go head to head against the MX Open. Ruben Fernandez (Spain) grabbed the start and the early lead ahead of France’s Maxime Renaux. The French rider ran down Fernandez around the half way mark but went off track over the big uphill quad. He regrouped and passed for the lead one lap later.

Fernandez hit the deck shortly after which allowed Renaux to run away with the win. Fellow Frenchman Tom Vialle moved into second making him the top MX2 rider and putting France first and second and open up a commanding lead in the overall rankings.

Liam Everts and Andrea Adamo battled for nearly the entire race. Everts raced a 350 in the open class and held off the 250 of Adamo. Hunter Lawrence crossed fifth after a mid-race crash.

Australia’s Hunter Lawrence finished fifth in his second ride, despite dropping his bike mid-race on a sandy berm, with Dean Ferris finishing in 12th place.

2023 MXdN's Ernee France 01 - Dean Ferris (Motorcycling Australia - Alex Kelly Photos)

Australian Dean Ferris (Yamaha) finished 12-16 in his two rides and  was fifth overall in the MX Open class.

Moto 3 (MXGP / MX Open) - Aussie Jett Lawrence wins final

2023 MXdN's Ernee France 11 - Jett Lawrence (Motorcycling Australia - Alex Kelly Photos)
2023 MXdN's Ernee France 10 - Australian team and officials (Motorcycling Australia - Alex Kelly Photos)

Heading into the final race, the French team simply needed to avoid any disasters with one of their riders finishing in the points to win the 2023 MXoN’s. Likewise, Australia was in second and in a strong position to finish on the podium two years in a row, with Jett Lawernce in the final and Australia being able to drop its lowest race result.

The final gate drop put the big bikes on track with the MXGP and Open Class riders. German World Champion Ken Roczen kicked things off with the start just ahead of Jett Lawrence and Maxime Renaux.

Roczen and Lawrence gapped the field with the German leading until lap seven. Lawrence closed in and made the pass en route to taking the moto win by seven seconds. Jett’s victory secured Australia’s overall second placing.

Maxime Renaux rode consistently to take third, battling with Prado for the latter half of the race. His result helped give Team France the overall win with Renaux finishing in third place to claim the Open Class overall.

Australia’s Dean Ferris finished 16th in this race on his Yamaha, finishing fifth overall in the Open class. After winning the final moto, Jett Lawrence was third overall in the MXGP class, with brother Hunter second in the MX2 class, capping of a great weekend for the Australians.

With the 2024 MXoN’s to be held at Matterly Basin in the United Kingdom, a circuit where Hunter shone on debut and Jett’s emergence as the World’s fastest motocross rider, Australia will be hoping to win its first ever World Teams event next year.

Photos: [Top]  Australia’s Jett Lawrence  won the final moto  to lead Australia to second and was the fastest rider at the event; and Team Australia (left to right) Mark Luksich – Team Coordinator, Michael Byrne – Team Manager, Dean Ferris, Roy Chamberlin – MA Board Chairman, Hunter Lawrence, Jett Lawrence, and Gary Benn – Assistant Team Manager.

2023 MXDN's Team Placings and Race results - Ernee (France)

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Nations Top 10

1. France 14 points
2. Australia, 34
3. Italy, 43
4. Germany, 47
5. Belgium, 55
6. Switzerland, 55

MXGP Class Overall

1 Ken Roczen Suzuki GER (3-2) 5
2 Jorge Prado GASGAS ESP (2-4) 6
3 Jett Lawrence Honda AUS (6-1) 7
4 Romain Febvre Kawasaki FRA (1-7) 8
5 Jeremy Seewer Yamaha SUI (4-6) 10

MX2 Class Overall

1 Tom Vialle KTM FRA (8-2) 10
2 Hunter Lawrence Honda AUS (10-5) 15
3 Kay de Wolf Husqvarna NED (11-9) 20
4 Andrea Adamo KTM ITA (18-4) 22
5 Simon Laengenfelder GG GER (14-11) 25

Open Class Overall

1 Maxime Renaux Yamaha FRA (1-3) 4
2 Liam Everts KTM BEL (3-10) 13
3 Andrea Bonacorsi Yam.  ITA (8-11) 19
4 Valentin Guillod Honda SUI (6-15) 21
5 Dean Ferris YAM AUS (12 -16) 28

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