Team Suzuki Press Office – September 25.
Jett Lawrence – Suzuki RM-Z250 – 1-7 – 1st in Championship
Team Suzuki Germany’s Jett Lawrence clinched the ADAC Youngster Cup Championship title at Holzgerlingen in Germany at the weekend.
The 15-year-old Australian came to the MX Masters series finale with a 13-points lead and didn’t show any signs of weaknesses or confidence in front of the 10,000 spectators, grabbing his victory in one of Europe’s most-prestigious series in the final race.
In Qualifying on Saturday, Lawrence stayed calm and placed his RM-Z250 in fourth position. The first race start didn’t go perfectly, but Lawrence was able to gain some positions early on. Even though he had no pressure, due to his big points advantage, he pushed hard on his Suzuki RM-Z250 and took the lead on the eighth lap.
He said: “It all went really well and I had a chance to win so I kept pushing.”
Because Roland Edelbacher only reached fifth position, Lawrence had a comfortable lead of 22 points before the second race.
The start of the second race again did not go as planned, but this time Lawrence saved the nerves of his crew and brought home a safe seventh place, which was enough for him to win the championship.
He added: “Of course I knew that I mustn’t do anything stupid, so I kept it together and did not take any risks. I’m really happy to win this important title. It’s a great way to say thank you to the whole team and my family!”
Team Suzuki Germany Manager Thomas Hannecke was amazed by his protégé’s show: He said: “In the first race I was really nervous. But Jett showed once again what he is able to do. He is an amazing rider with huge talent; especially when you remember his age and who he is racing against in the Youngster Cup Championship. For his age he appears much older and physically stronger, but Jett does not get phased by this and he just does it his own way. It was a very successful year for our team and everyone had a great time!”