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Australian Motocross Legend Jett Lawrence

2021 AMA Pro Motocross 250 Champion Jett Lawrence - By Olivia de Vaulx
2020 AMA Pro Supercross Jett Lawrence in action - By Olivia de Vaulx
2023 World Super Moto Cross Champion 450 - Jett Lawrence, Australia

Photos:  [Left and right]  Australian Jett Lawrence in action in 2020 , both AMA Pro Motocross and Supercross; and  [bottom right]  in 2023 Jett won the the inaugural 2023 SuperMotocross World Championships in the 450 class, the 250 West AMA Supercross Championship before switching to the CRF450R to win every single moto and win the AMA Pro Motocross 450 Championship as a rookie.   (By Olivier de Vaulx and Peter Coward).

Jett Lawrence: The first Aussie to win the US AMA Pro 250 Championship

Jett Lawrence is the youngest rider to be inducted into the Legends section of the Australian Motocross History website.

On 11 September 2021, the 18-year-old Queenslander created history becoming the first Australian to win the AMA Pro 250 Championship, with Chad Reed the only other Australian to achieve this feat – in the 450cc class.

In 2022, Jett retained his Championship crown, winning both the AMA MX and 250 SX East Championships.

Then in 2023, Jett took out the inaugural 2023 SuperMotocross World Championships in the 450 class at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the United States, along with the $1 million prize purse.

The victory capped off a perfect year for Lawrence who in 2023 won the 250 West AMA Supercross Championship before switching to the CRF450R to win every single moto and win the AMA Pro Motocross 450 Championship in his first year as a rookie, moving up into this class for the 2024 supercross season.

Not only did Jett win the AMA 450 Supercross  Rookie of the Year, he also won the Championship – his seventh now.

Jett and his older brother Hunter Lawrence are now two of the best motocross riders in the world.  Jett first achieved international glory in 2014, winning the 65cc World Junior Motocross Championship in Belgium, at age 11.

Soon after, his family moved to Europe full-time to support brother Hunter’s dreams.   Both boys raced on the continent, got noticed and were offered contracts to race in the United States.

In just his third season as a pro, Jett has 14 career AMA Pro Motocross Championship 250 wins and 6 AMA Supercross Championship 250SX East wins.  

In 2020, Jett won the Marty Smith Rookie of the Year (Pro Motocross) and 2022 FIM Motocross des Nations Ricky Carmichael Award winner – for the best up-and-coming rider at the US event, the same award his brother Hunter received at the 2017 MXDN’s in the United Kingdom.

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SuperMotocross Video – Highlights from the final at the Los Angeles Coliseum where Jett Lawrence won the inaugural 2023 SuperMotocross 450 World Championship

Where it all began for Jett!

Jett Lawrence headshot - Oliver de Vaulx

Jett Lawrence was born on 8 August 2003 in Queensland and grew up in Landsborough on the Sunshine Coast.

When his older brother Hunter was a child, he watched supercross racing from the US on TV, which inspired him to enrol in racing junior motocross.

From as early as seven years old, Hunter idolised fellow Australian Chad Reed and dreamt of following in his footsteps, so Jett grew up chasing his older brother and following the same path.

The brothers excelled in junior motocross, spurring each other on, and they contested several World Junior Motocross Championships, with Jett being crowned the 2014 World Champion in his class.

The family felt that if they kept competing in the World Junior Motocross Championships, the boys would eventually get noticed and opportunities to race in Europe and the US would open up, which they did!

Photo:  Jett first achieved international glory in 2014, winning the 65cc World Junior Motocross Championship in Belgium, at age 11 (By Olivier de Vaulx).

Racing in Europe

So in 2015, the Lawrence Family packed up their belongings and moved to Europe to pursue Jett’s older brother Hunter’s motocross dream.

At the time of the move, Jett was just 12 years old and Hunter was 16.

In 2016, at just 14, Jett contested the German ADAC series and the 2018 European Motocross Championship aboard a Suzuki, winning the final round in the Netherlands on 16 September.

Hunter finished ninth overall in both the 2017 and 2018 World MX2 Championships, finishing first overall in his class for Australia at the Motocross des Nations, which was held at the Red Bud circuit, in Michigan, United States on the weekend of 6-7 October 2018 in front of more than 80,000 fans.

Hunter was offered a contract to race in the USA for the 2019 racing season. But the family would only accept if Jett was taken too!

Photo: Brother Hunter’s big win in the 2018 Motocross des Nations at Red Bud, USA – helped the brothers secure contracts to race in the United States (By Olivier de Vaulx)

2018 Motocross des Nations - Red Bud USA - Hunter Lawrence Australia leads Dylan Ferrandis France - By Olivier de Vaulx

The big move to the United States

Both Lawrence brothers received contracts and the family then relocated to the USA, now residing in Wesley Chapel, Florida. 

Jett raced for Factory Connection’s amateur squad and shone in the 250 Futures class aboard a Honda in the Monster Energy Cup.

But after challenging for the lead in A supercross event, Jett crashed and injured his neck and knocked himself out.

But he learnt from this experience and came back wiser and won both moto’s and the overall victory in the final round of the 250 Futures Monster Energy Cup on 19 October 2019.

In his first year in the US, Jett also made his pro debut at the Unadilla round of the AMA Pro Motocross series.

In 2020, Jett won three AMA Supercross 250SX main events, only to crash and break his collarbone during the season.

Jett recovered well to race in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, netting his first victory at the final round and also taking Rookie of the Year honours.

This earnt him a 250cc factory ride with Team Honda HRC for 2021.

2020 AMA Pro Supercross Jett Lawrence in action - By Olivia de Vaulx
2020 AMA Pro Supercross Jett Lawrence in action - By Olivia de Vaulx - butt shot
2020 AMA Pro Supercross Jett Lawrence in action 3 - By Olivia de Vaulx
2020 AMA Pro Supercross Jett Lawrence in action - By Olivia de Vaulx - stretching
2020 AMA Pro Supercross Jett Lawrence in action 2 - By Olivia de Vaulx
2021 AMA Pro Motocross 250 Champion Jett Lawrence's Honda - By Olivia de Vaulx

Photo:  In his first two full seasons in the US, Jett finished 10th in 2020 AMA Supercross 250SX West series and third in the 2021 East series (By Olivier de Vaulx).

Winning the 2021 AMA Pro 250 Championship

2021 September 11 Honda factory rider Jett Lawrence celebrates his 250MX title at Hangtown - Alamy Cal Sport Media

Team Honda HRC rider Jett Lawrence wrapped up the 2021 AMA Pro Motocross 250MX Championship on 11 September at the Hangtown Motocross Classic season finale.

He won the Championship on 497 points, ahead of Justin Cooper (491 points), totaling eight moto wins and four overall victories in the 2021 AMA Pro 250 Championship.

Older brother and teammate Hunter Lawrence finished third in the title chase on 381 points, having taken two moto wins and one overall victory, making the Lawrences the only brothers to both finish an AMA Pro Motocross Championship in the top three.

Photo:  Jett Lawrence celebrates his 250MX title at Hangtown – Alamy Cal Sports Media

In addition, Jett is the first Australian to win the AMA Pro Motocross 250MX title, with New South Wales rider Chad Reed winning the 450 class in 2009.

Jett kicked off the series with an overall win at the opener in Pala, California, in May, then notched podium overall results at the next three rounds.

His form dipped slightly in the middle part of the season, but he consistently finished in the Top 6 at each meeting and in Round 8 in New Berlin, New York he returned to the top of the overall podium.

Jett continued his late-season surge with flawless 1-1 overall victories in rounds 9 and 10 in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and at the second Pala round.

In the final round at Prairie City SVRA, a half-hour east of Sacramento, Jett overcame poor starts and inopportune falls to secure the Gary Jones Motocross Cup and be crowned the 2021 AMA Pro 250 Champion.

The win capped off a brilliant season for Jed, who earlier finished third overall in 2021 AMA Supercross 250SX East Championship, winning two rounds.

After a short break, Jett and Team Honda HRC will turn their attention to developing the 2022 CRF250R in preparation for next year’s AMA Supercross series, which is scheduled to kick off on 8 January in Anaheim, California.

2022 AMA East 250 Supercross Champion Jett Lawrence - By Olivia de Vaulx
2021 3rd AMA Pro Motocross 250 Championship Hunter Jett Lawrence - Headshot - By Olivia de Vaulx

Photos:  In 2021, the Lawrences  (Jett top and Hunter below) created history becoming the only brothers to both finish an AMA Pro Motocross Championship in the top three. (By Olivier de Vaulx).

Winning back-top-back AMA Pro MX, SX titles and the World 450cc SuperMotocross Championship

Jett continued his great form into the 2022 season, winning the 2022 AMA Pro Motocross 250 Champion and AMA Supercross 250SX East Championship.

2003 got even better for Jett, starting off with the the 250 West AMA Supercross Championship before switching to the CRF450R to win every single moto and win the AMA Pro Motocross 450 Championship in his first year as a rookie.

Then to cap off the year, Jett took out the inaugural 2023 SuperMotocross World Championships in the 450 class.

Jett Lawrence's key career highlights

2020 AMA Pro Supercross Jett Lawrence in action - By Olivia de Vaulx - headshot
2022 AMA Motocross Champion - Jett Lawrence Celebrating his victory in the 250cc class at Fox Raceway in the USA - By Peter Coward

At just  20-years of age, Australian Jett Lawrence has  now won a World SuperMotocross Championship and six AMA  titles  in motocross and supercross in both the 250cc and 450cc classes.

International Achievements

2023
Led Australia to second in the MXDN’s in France, winning Moto 2.

2022
Open class winner at Motocross des Nations (USA)
MXdN’s Ricky Carmichael Award winner – for the best up-and-coming junior rider (USA)

Overall Championships

2024
AMA Supercross 450 Champion

2023
World SuperMotocross 450 Champion
AMA Pro Motocross 450 Champion
AMA Supercross 250SX West Champion

2022
AMA Pro Motocross 250 Champion
AMA Supercross 250SX East Champion

2021
AMA Pro Motocross 250 Champion
3rd in AMA Supercross 250SX East Championship

2020
10th in AMA Supercross 250SX West Championship
4th in AMA Pro Motocross 250 Championship
Marty Smith Rookie of the Year (Pro Motocross)

2019
Monster Energy Cup 250 Futures winner
65 Motocross World Champion

Individual race wins

2024
Winning the AMA 450 Supercross Championship in his rookie year, Jett won 8 of the 17 rounds, finishing on the podium 11 times .

2023
On his way to the AMA SX  West Championship, Jett podiumed at all rounds, with wins in six – Salt Lake City, Glendale, Seattle, Oakland, San Diego and Anaheim.  Moving up into the 450 AMA Pro Motocross class, Jett was undefeated in his first year as a rookie.

2022
The AMA 250 MX Champion won 9 rounds – at Fox Raceway,  Ironman, Washougal, Spring Creek, Southwick, High Point, Thunder Valley, and Hangtown (Honda).

Winner of  four AMA SX East rounds at 
Indy, Detroit, Daytona and Minneapolis (Honda)

2021
Winner of four AMA 250 rounds at Fox Raceway (twice), Ironman, and Unadilla (Honda).

Winner of three AMA SX East rounds at Salt Lake City 2, Orlando 1, and Houston (Honda)

2020
MX Fox Raceway 250 October 10, 2020 (Honda)

2019
MX Monster Energy Cup 250 Futures October 19, 2019 (Honda )

2018
MXGP of The Netherlands EMX250 September 16, 2018 Suzuki

Jett Lawrence video gallery

2021 – Jett Lawrence AMA Pro 250 Motocross Champion – MOTO Highlights

2021 – Jett Lawrence talks winning the 250 MX Title – Pulp MX Show 

2021 – Jett Lawrence crowned Motocross champions at Hangtown – Motorsports on NBC

2022 – Jett Lawrence clinches AMA 250SX East Championship – Honda Powersports USA

2022 – Jett Lawrence’s year of domination – WD840 MX Highlights

2022 – Motocross des Nations (Red Bud, US) – WD840 MX Highlights

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