Hunter Lawrence on his way to a race win over the weekend
Levi Rogers took third on his YZ85

Lawrence and Rogers Rocket to Success in Rockhampton

6 Apr 2015

Queensland Yamaha Junior Racing pair of Hunter Lawrence and Levi Rogers made a great start to the 2015 Queensland Motocross Championships with some impressive results as the opening round got underway at Rockhampton, over the weekend.

With a morning storm lashing the Six-mile circuit on Sunday, the racing schedule was reduced to just two rounds on a thick, wet and heavy track that made it a real challenge for the riders. The humid conditions just added to the weekend where each race win was hard earned.

Lawrence contested the 15 years 250cc and the 13-15 years 125cc class and rode with class and style. He dominated the weekend on both bikes taking the perfect four race wins from four starts and got his championship off to the perfect start.

With the changing of the track conditions from one day to the next tough for many riders, Lawrence looked right at home in the wet and the dry and recorded some extremely fast laps on his way to victory.

“The weekend went well and the track was awesome considering the amount of rain we got on Sunday morning. It is a credit to the Rockhampton club for the amount of work they have put in here and the track stood up all weekend no matter what happened to it, so thank-you to them for all their hard work.

“My bikes were so good again on the weekend. I pulled a couple of holeshots and then they handled the conditions well as it was really rough out there in the final motos. Thank you to everyone at Yamaha Junior Racing for their support and I hope to continue with the good results in the coming weeks,” Lawrence said.

Levi Rogers again showed he is one of the most improved junior riders’ in Queensland with another strong showing at Rockhampton. Contesting the 9-11 years 85cc class, Rogers put in a spirited ride to finish second in the opening moto but wanted to improve that result in race two.

He again rode hard but a couple of falls as he was closing in on the leaders left him in fourth place for the race and his combined 2-4 results gave him third overall for the round.

“I really wanted to win the last race,” said a disappointed Levi after the event. “I was fourth, then passed up to second before I got off balance and fell. I picked it and was catching them up again but fell again and I was only able to finish fourth.  

“I just have to stop making little mistakes but third is okay and I hope to go better at the final round,” he ends.

Yamaha supported riders also did well in the senior ranks with Cairns based Luke Weaver winning the Pro Open class on the back of his 3-2 results. Weaver proved consistency was the key to his success on the challenging track and was able to get the round overall by one point from his nearest rival.

Wade Hunter took home third place in the Pro Lites ranks with 5-1 results. Hunter, Nathan Crawford and Joel Evans produced some great racing but a fall in the first race cost Hunter any chance of the overall win.  

The two round Yamaha Queensland Motocross Championship will see the final round conducted at Tivoli Raceway in Brisbane on June 27/28.

The next assignment of the Queensland YJR team will see Hunter Lawrence in action at the MX Nationals this weekend at Appin in Sydney while the team will be back together at round two of the Sunshine State series at Leyburn the following weekend.

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QLD MX Champs- Rd 1 Results
Rockhampton
13-15 years 125cc
1stHunter Lawrence
(YJR)
2nd Billy Harth
3rd Thomas McLachlan

15 years 250cc
1st Hunter Lawrence (YJR)

2nd Jesse Bishop
3rd Wilson Norman

9-11 years 85cc
1st Jett Lawrence
2nd Kipp Adams
3rd Levi Rogers (YJR)

Pro Open
1st Luke Weaver (Yamaha)

2nd Richie Evans
3rd Joel Evans

Pro Lites
1st Joel Evans
2nd Nathan Crawford
3rd Wade Hunter (Yamaha)

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