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ROCKSTAR/Suzuki’s top Lites class racer runs with the leaders in the first moto, but a second moto crash relegate the up-and-coming star to 9th overall
CORONA, Calif., (July 3, 2006) – ROCKSTAR/Suzuki’s fun-to-watch Lites class racer Jason Lawrence gave season’s largest crowd a taste of his potential on Sunday when he raced with the leaders in the first moto and battled back from 30th to 11th in the second moto after getting caught in a pile up.
“I’ve got the speed, just have to get this crashing stuff out of my
system,” said Lawrence. “It’s getting old quick.”
In the first moto Lawrence pulled an excellent start and battled with
the lead riders – including series point leader Mike Alessi and with
Mcfarlane for 2nd place for 33 minutes– for the entire moto. Lawrence was poised to podium ahead of Alessi, when a last lap mistake cost him a podium spot and he wound up 6th overall.
Things got worse to start the second moto when Lawrence got a bad
start combined with a first lap pileup. Lawrence came around the
first lap in 30th place and rather than fold, the New Jersey flyer
buckled down and began picking off the world’s best Lites class
racers in exciting fashion. One after one, Lawrence got by them until
he nearly made it back to the top ten, finishing with a well-deserved
11th overall and salvaging a top ten overall performance on for the
ROCKSTAR/Suzuki athletes – led by Lawrence, Sean Hamblin, Mike Brownand Ryan Mills - return to action for Round Six of the 2006 Toyota AMA Motocross Championship at Unadilla in New Berlin, N.Y. (July 16th).
Team ROCKSTAR/Suzuki would like to thank its sponsors: Bill’s Pipes, Alloy, Moto Metal Custom Wheels, Dunlop, Renthal, Renthal Chain Wheels, Torco, K&N Filters, One Industries, 661, Sunline/ARC, RG3, Moto-Master, Hinson, UFO Plastics, Quiksilver, AC Racing, PPG.