CARLSBAD, Calif., (Jan. 8, 2006) — After an exciting come-from-behind charge to qualify for the AMA Lites class main event out of his heat race, the No. 338 Yamaha of Jason Lawrence made it up on the AMA Lites class box in the finals, finishing third at the opening round of the 2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series at Anaheim’s (Calif.) Angels Stadium.
A far cry from last year’s Anaheim opener — where Lawrence reminded the crowd on the podium that he didn’t even qualify — the New Jersey native managed to pull the season’s first official holeshot in the Lites class’ heat No. 1. Midway through the lap Lawrence, who we leading, misjudged the breaking distance into a corner and piled up over a berm and watched much of the field pass him by. Undaunted, he righted his YZ250F and railed back into contention to make the main event.
“I grabbed too much brake heading into that corner and it’s way too slick out there to be doing that, said Lawrence.
In the main event Lawrence got a real good start, 5th, and set his sights on Pro Circuit’s Chris Gosselaar and last year’s ESX runner up, Josh Hansen.
“Luckily I’m on a great team now, and that allowed me to make it up onto the podium here — where I didn’t even qualify last year, said Lawrence.
By the third lap Lawrence caught and passed the speedy Gosselaar, then put his head down and got by Hansen — putting distance between himself and the KTM factory racer through out the remainder of the race to finish 3rd overall.
The podium finish for Lawrence was the second of his career, having made the podium last year at Seattle’s Qwest Field.
Next up for Lawrence is the second round of the WSX Lites division this weekend at Phoenix’s Bank One Ballpark (Jan. 13).
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