HUNTER LAWRENCE WORLD TITLE TILT 2013
Motorex KTM’s Junior Racer Hunter Lawrence writes about his challenge to take on the best in the world at the recent Monster Energy FIM Junior World Motocross Championships in the Czech Republic.
Well Dad and I flew out of Brisbane on the Monday night and met up with the rest of Team Australia in Dubai everyone was excited and pumped to be flying to the worlds we has finally landed in Prague, Czech Republic, with everyone so happy that were off the plane, thank goodness no more complaints about being “to noisy” I mean 6 boys on a world mx trip of course we were quiet …..we all grabbed our bags and cruised over to the hire car joint and got our vans and off we went, waaaiit nope we got stuck in the little toll booths so 20-25 mins of trying to get out and finally we did so we were about an hour and a half down the road and were all super pumped to get to the hotel in 20 mins but then we pull up and realise we’ve gone an hour and a half…….. in the wrong direction.
We finally arrived at Inter hotel America the accommodation and food was awesome … On Thursday we headed out to the practise track Nepomuk and then to see a pimped out rig. Kosak Racing Team was the team we were pitting at for the week. We all started to get to know the crew and they were a top bunch especially Davina.:)
we set up the bikes and I was keen to get some time on the new 2014 KTM 85 and just to get some ride time ….so once the bike was sorted I hit the track… Poor ole Richie’s bike was still missing but finally it turns up and before you click your fingers Richie is already geared up and ready to go as well.
So after a good days testing we all headed up to Jinin with Team Kosak to help set up the truck and have a good ol’ BBQ at the World titles track.
Jinin track was another great track, after being to a few world junior events and seeing some pretty gnarly steep tracks this track was a lot tamer than the previous years but still looked awesome and as it was a hard pack track I was really looking forward to racing on it although the rain on Friday put a bit of a damper on the idea of racing but in the end that rain made the track better…
After we had a look at the track and had our bbq dinner with the team… we saw a little bike shop on the way back and had a look and saw some jerseys of Stefan Everts and Joel Smetts 2 European legends. I got the pleasure of meeting Joel at Belgium last year he was a great guy and a great rider.
So Saturday is here and after all the tech checks and all the paper work is done it was have practise and qualifying …
In Practice I didn’t want to start the event off like I have done in previous years by coming out with the fastest time or 3rd fastest so I just took my time and got used to the track, I had riders like Sean Cantrell, Michael Mosiman and Conrad Mewse in my qualifier group so I knew I had to ride hard to put out a good lap as these riders are all used to timed qualifying and 20min + motos something we don’t do here in Australia …..
At one stage I had the 2nd fastest but in the last laps the USA boys punched out a faster laptime leaving me in 4th there was nothing in the top 4 in our group we were all faster than group A but they take 1 from each group so in the end I qualified 7th overall …
Moto 1 85cc
I got 7th gate pick and not a bad gate and once all the riders were ready to go the 15 second board went up and then 5 second board then the gates dropped and what a surprise Hunter Lawrence with a bad start so head down bum up I just went about picking off riders. The 15 minute mark has come up and I’m caught up for too long behind Enzo Lopez 2 lap to go board comes up and I finally make it around him to take 4th place not really where I wanted to be but ok considering I was 17th or so at the start all I can say was thank goodness for longer motos ….
Moto 2 85cc
Yet again another bad start but I managed to be in about 15th this time so more of the same I make my way through the pack as quickly as I can and as the track was getting rougher I just found my groove and rode with one thing on my mind …The track and what lines… Before I knew it I made my way into 2nd place and I can see Conrad Mewse in the distance and just lap by lap I was reeling him in, I decide where I am going to make my pass and make it now in the lead I just focus on the rest of the moto and to take the win from a really bad start is a feeling that is sooo amazing…….
But still with my bad start in the first moto and running out of time I missed out on being the world champ by just 1 point which meant no scott bike hahah.. I have watched each year as these mountain bikes are given to the winners of each class and lucked out again hahah, but to win the last moto gave me confidence that I know I am on par with the rest of the world I just gotta work out where I am going wrong with my starts, obviously I think the steep uphill start didn’t work in my favour , but it’s something I will go home and work on…
After all is said and done I have proven to myself that I can race with the best in the world and after seeing how these “best” riders live they are Junior pros. They live like pros, big motorhomes, riding, training , no school, home schooled or lots of time off school travelling round the country side whilst yes my mum makes sure I still go to school ..(worst luck haha) and with dad away working I am lucky to get 1 ride during the week let alone several days or however much these guys train…
So I can take so much home from this as it was still a great experience getting 2nd place at the 2013 Jinin FIM world junior championship in Czech Republic as the whole event was pretty awesome and especially getting to get up on the podium and spray the” robby bubble “(kids non-alcoholic champagne ) over everyone including the monster girl standing behind me hahaha it’s an experience I won’t forget, the presentations is just like you see on TV .
So after all the races have finished we stripped all the bikes down and with everything packed we headed on back to the hotel to pack suitcases getting ready for our flight the next day at 2:30 we all were set and then we headed in to do some sightseeing unfortunately there’s not many sightseeing worthy things except for McDonald’s ice cream mmmmmm ice cream hahah so with the trip coming to an end we all said our farewells and went on our ways after an awesome trip.
I had the best time with the team this year the all the guys they were awesome and we all got on great… A big thanks to Glenn MacDonald our team manager who did an outstanding job and my dad who does all the behind the scene things to help me on my journey to becoming a champion, he works so hard which makes me want to do the same….
Thanks again to everyone involved in making my trip possible from Jeff Leisk and KTM Australia to Nanna and pop to the Erb family to My mum and brothers who stayed at home but still supported me 100%.... also a big shout out to my personal sponsors Motorex KTM Junior racing team ,MPE suspension, Kustom mx, Bell helmets, Pod mx, ethika, Erb transport, Alpinestar boots, Oakley, all these people that are behind me in helping me reach my goals I truly thank you but for now it’s back to reality and school ……
To find out more about Hunter Lawrence and the Motorex KTM junior racing team visit www.gmr-motorexktm.com.au