CARLSBAD, Calif., (Jan. 31, 2007) – Monster Energy-backed Jason Lawrence (Yamaha of Troy) overcame a mid-race, track-exiting crash in the AMA Supercross Lites class final at San Francisco’s SBC Park to finish 5th on the evening - keeping his second overall standing in the Western Region Lites division in tact.
Probably the most impressive aspect of Lawrence’s performance on Saturday across the slick conditions at San Francisco was that he put up the event’s second-fastest lap time (44.988) on the very last lap of the main event.
“I was pissed at myself,” said Lawrence. “I realize points are valuable and wrecks are costly, so I put my head down and charged as hard as I could. Yamaha of Troy had my bike running unreal. It’s what allowed me to catch back up to the top five.”
Lawrence would catch and pass Kyle Partridge for the fifth spot – a racer he came together with and left the track on lap eight, landing in a mud hole and losing a glove in the process of getting his YZ250F up and going again.
“I ended up riding the last half of the race with only one glove,” said Lawrence. “Never done that before.”
Due to rain and soft conditions, Lawrence started the weekend with an abbreviated practice session. He’d make the main smartly through his heat race, placing 7th overall. In the main Lawrence struggled a bit off the starting line, but made up some time – and places – on the first lap in getting up to 12th. From there he started picking off riders and was up to 6th when he and Partridge came together.
“Not sure who’s fault it was, if anybody’s,” said Lawrence of the get together with Partridge.
Once going again, Lawrence would mount a feverous attack that showed little mercy on new or veteran Lites class racers, putting the final touches on his 5th place finish with a last lap pass on Partridge.
Next up for the AMA Supercross Lites class championship contender is the third installment of the Anaheim Supercross trilogy, this Saturday (Feb. 3rd) and Angels Stadium. Noteworthy: Lawrence has been on the podium at both the Anaheim 1 and Anaheim 2 rounds, finishing 3rd and 2nd, respectively.