Hunter Lawrence hard on the gas at Coolum and taking home to series wins
Levi Rogers battled pain at the final round to notch up second place in the series

QLD YJR Take Two SSMX Series Victories

6 Jul 2015

The Queensland Yamaha Junior Racing team wrapped up a successful Sunshine State Motocross series campaign when the sixth and final round of the series was completed at the Coolum circuit, over the weekend.

Hunter Lawrence and Levi Rogers entered the final round in good form after good performances the previous weekend at the Queensland Motocross Championship and were hoping to finish the Sunshine State Series on a positive note.

Already with the 13-15 years 125 series win in the bag after round five, Hunter Lawrence was looking to finish the series out undefeated but that goal when out the window in race one when he clipped a track marker and wrapped the gear level around his footpeg and jamming the bike in one gear.

Lawrence soldiered on but could only manage a 10th place finish in race one. With a new lever on, he was again back to the front of the field and went on to win the next two races and as a result win the final round on his 125 with 10-1-1- results.  

Lawrence backed that up with another outstanding performance in the 15 years 250cc class, winning all three races and keeping his undefeated run in 2015 going on his YZ250F.

“It had to come to an end sometime, didn’t it,” Lawrence laughs? “And it was my fault hitting the track marker and writing off a gear lever. That’s the way it goes.

“2015 has been a great season for me so far and the support of Yamaha Junior Racing has been amazing. This is my last year of junior racing so to win the Queensland Motocross Championships and the Sunshine State Motocross Series on both bikes is pretty cool.

“Thank you to our team of sponsors and my family for all they contribute to my racing as well as the clubs and series coordinators of the Sunshine State series for another good year of racing,” Lawrence ends.

A heavy fall on Thursday meant Levi Rogers hit the final round under an injury cloud and nursing a very sore wrist. He battled bravely under obvious pain and was able to finish the first two motos inside the top 10 in the 9-11 years 85cc class but had to withdraw from the final moto.

It wasn’t until X-Rays after the event revealed a fracture in his wrist and why he was in such pain while riding. Despite the injury, Rogers still finished second in the series and showed remarkable improvement throughout the series.

“I over jumped a double on Thursday and fell off causing my wrist to swell up pretty quickly. I put some ice on it and got some treatment but it was still sore on race day and I couldn’t really hang on.

“I rode the first two races as best I could but I wasn’t very fast.

“Luckily I had enough points and I was able to stay in second place for the series. Thank you to everyone in our team for the support and my family for taking me to the races,” Rogers said.

Hunter Lawrence will now focus on the World Junior Motocross Championship in Spain on July 18/19. He flies out early next week for Spain and carries good form into the event. To see how his preparatiuons are going for the world championships; ,
For Rogers, he will take the next few weeks off while his wrist heals.

In other classes, Yamaha mounted Jake Williams won the 13-14 years 250cc on his YZ250F while the Pro Open class was a Yamaha 1-2 with Darcy Jones taking the win ahead of Reece Hoffman.

2015 Sunshine State Series- Final Points
15 years 250cc
1st Hunter Lawrence -595 (YJR)

2nd Reece Rayner – 495
3rd Mitch Johnstone – 491

13-15years 125cc
1st Hunter Lawrence -581 (YJR)

2nd Reece Rayner - 444
3rd Jake Williams - 444

9-11years 85cc
1st Jett Lawrence – 595  
2nd Levi Rogers – 470 (YJR)
3rd Dylan Vivian -  457


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