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Chatter Box: Jett Lawrence

Jett Lawrence is on quite a roll currently, having won the 250SX East/West Showdown at the end of 2021 Monster Energy Supercross and now the opening round of 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. Lawrence won at the last round of the outdoors in 2020 too! Everything is trending in the right direction for the young star, but he is not satisfied. It seems as though he is adamant that he must prove that he is not resting on his laurels and relying on his talent to get him results.

That was something that Lawrence made quite clear in the post-race press conference, following Fox Raceway, as there have obviously been whispers that he is just another talented kid who is not willing to put in the work. Those who watched the event will know that he referenced the same thing on the podium as well, interestingly. All of the Lawrence’s post-race comments can be found below.

MX Vice: Big day for you. You started off as the fastest in practice, which set the tone, and you backed it up. Do you just love Fox Raceway? Is it the track? Do you feel like this is a step to becoming a legit title contender and being there every week?

Jett Lawrence: My day went pretty smoothly in practice, like you said. I also said that anyone could do a fast lap, so it did not really mean too much. In the first moto I didn’t give myself very good hopes of a podium, but I ended up carving my way through into third and then [Maximus] Vohland had some bad luck with a bike malfunction. I ended up going to second and I could still see Jeremy [Martin] up there. I kind of put up a little bit of a charge, but I did not want to overdo it and make a silly mistake. I feel like before I would have sent it and ended up weeding myself. I kind of kept my same pace and closed the gap a little bit, but that was good to know where he is at and where I’m at.

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Going into the second moto I was just hoping to get a better start and at least be in the top ten, because I knew I could charge my way to the front after that first moto. Sure enough, I think I was eighth or something… I cannot remember. I made my way through into third and it took me a while to kind of figure out what the two Star boys were doing up front. They were both really on it and I could not get close enough at first to kind of read where their lines were. J-Mart ended up making a little mistake in one spot, so I was able to capitalise on that and get close enough to kind of watch what he was doing. He obviously has the most experience out of everyone in the class, so it is good to learn from him.

I ended up getting the pass done a few laps after that and then set my eyes straight on [Justin] Cooper. I caught him fairly quick after that. I think he might have made a mistake and then I got a pass done on the same lap that I got J-Mart, which was really good. Pala is a good track. It was really square-edged and technical today, so I feel like it kind of helped me a little bit. I just felt really good today and feel like had it been at any other track then it would have been the same. I felt really strong – I have been putting the work in and I am glad to see that it is paying off.

In that first moto, when you are as far back as you were, do you kind of look over ahead on the track and say like, “This is more or less a position I want to get up to?” Are you just taking it one rider at a time that entire time as you are going through the field?

I obviously look up a little bit, just to kind of judge if I am losing time or gaining time when going through some other riders and making passes. I try to stay fairly present and just kind of look like, “Okay then if I get this person then how much time do I make up or how much time do I lose.” It changes based on whatever the situation is. I’ll look up in certain spots and be like, “Okay the leaders are there.” I’ll put my head down, keep charging for another few laps and then I’ll check again. I try to stay fairly present – every now and then I will just look up to kind of check where the leaders are.

“I feel like most people mainly see me as a kid with talent, more like a James Stewart. I want to show that I don’t just ride my bike and not train. I put in the work.”

You said in this press conference and on the podium that you are trying to show people that you work hard – you are not just a kid with talent. Can you talk about that? Is that something that you are hearing? Why do you keep hitting that point?

I wanted to get the point out there, because I am so young. I am very lucky with my gift right now and how I can ride a bike. I feel like most people mainly see me as a kid with talent, more like a James Stewart. I want to show that I don’t just ride my bike and not train. I put in the work as you guys see and I have got a trainer, Johnny O’Mara. J-Mart will understand that he is a gnarly man – he still puts a whooping on us on a mountain bike. I just want people to know that I’m not a slouch. I do not go and ride my bike then show up to the weekend wishing for the best. I put the time in, and I make sure that I do so that I can get results like this on the weekend.

You were quite emotional with that victory at the end of the race there. I mean, you have had an outdoor overall before. Just explain that emotion to us and why it came out. Run us through what was going through your head at that point in time.

I think everything just hit me at once, like kind of all the hard work that I have been putting in and all of the training that we have been doing. This is what we work for mainly, to get good results and hopefully come away with red plate. It did not hit me until I hit the finish line, which is really cool. I have been working my butt off to try and get that. It is cool to finally have that and now Hunter [Lawrence] cannot give me crap at all about him having the red plate in supercross. I got him back there. No, it is just a good feeling and hopefully I can keep it for the rest of the season. I know J-Mart and the boys are going to make it hard for us this season. I am going to make sure that I stay on my toes and make sure I give it back to him.

Winning is obviously what you are there for, but to come from seventeenth at the end of lap one all of the way through to the podium in that first one… When you look back, was that just as important as that second moto victory?

That first moto was a good kind of sigh of relief. I came from way back and pulled them all in. I think I was sixteen seconds down on Vohland at one stage, so it kind of… Not took the pressure off but it kind of enlightened me a little bit that I was able to come back and catch all of them, even J-Mart. I knew that if I could get a get a good start in that second one then I could win it. Sure enough, I got a decent start and was able to do that. I feel like that first race was special, because it gave me that confidence going the second one that I could win If I got a decent start.

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People say that the red plate can get heavy all of the time. Coming from the race today, what are the things that you need to change or work on during the week to make sure that next weekend is just as much of a success as this one?

Nothing really. I have got to keep it the same. If you change something when you are doing good… I do not understand why you would. If something is not broken, then why would you try and fix it? I am just going to keep doing the same things that I have been doing these last few weeks and just stay on the ground. I am not going to get too big headed, I would say, and make sure it does not get too much weight on my shoulders with the red plate and that stuff. Hey, it is the same bike with some red backgrounds. It does not really matter much right now – it just matters at the end of the season if you still have it.

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