News 13 May 2024

Hunter Lawrence fined following late Anderson clash

Pair come together twice in Salt Lake City Supercross finals.

Image: Octopi Media.

Team Honda HRC rookie Hunter Lawrence has been fined an undisclosed amount by AMA race direction following his clash with Jason Anderson in Salt Lake, with former 450SX champion Anderson receiving a written warning for ‘aggressive/reckless riding’.

Anderson – as he also did in Nashville – had made contact with Lawrence in the left-hand turn after the whoops that resulted in him going down while both were positioned inside the top-five on lap two.

In the closing stages of the main event when Anderson was mounting a challenging on Cooper Webb (Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing) for the final place on the podium, it appeared Lawrence deliberately checked up while going a lap down and retaliated on the Monster Energy Kawasaki by forcing him wide and almost off-track. He didn’t crash, but proved costly on his way to P4.

The AMA has since declared that the elder Lawrence brother had violated the sport’s code of conduct in his response to Anderson’s tactics and he too received a written warning, in addition to the fine that he was given.

“It was a good day of riding,” Lawrence recalled. “It turned out to be a practice race for me after that incident in the main event, but now we’re on to a blank slate for this summer.”

Lawrence ultimately finished Salt Lake City in 15th position to round out his first Monster Energy Supercross campaign in the premier class. He was ranked ninth in the final championship standings, highlighted by two podiums to his credit – third in St. Louis and second in Denver.