Confidence is never lacking for the Boost Mobile Yamaha of Troy rider, and he needed that belief in his own abilities after a disastrous race in Anaheim two weeks ago. At that point, after Lawrence was unable to restart his machine and ended up finishing with zero points, hope looked lost for the AMA Supercross West Region Lites title. Now he’s scored two consecutive wins, making a believer out of everyone else as well.
Now what looms is another one-on-one battle with the points leader, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey. The two haven’t banged bars since the opening round at Anaheim. After his own bad night under the Big A, Dungey’s points lead is down to just eight, and if he wants to extend it again he will most likely have to go right through Lawrence, which shouldn’t be easy at this point. Dungey, though, can find solace in the fact that mistakes and bad luck have cost him dearly in the last two races. This time he was taken down in the first turn, then crashed again when Wil Hahn went down right in front of him in the whoops, and then a third time trying to mount a comeback. The mistakes were there, but Dungey knows his speed probably is, too, if he can just get the chance to use it.