March 09, 2009
Daytona: I told you that fool could put it down
You wanna see a fast motorcycle racer? Jason Lawrence proved his surprise fifth-place qualifying time last week at Indy was no fluke by qualifying in FIRST PLACE for the infamous Daytona supercross (which is not, signficantly, part of the MESS). So the bad boy from New Jersey went to Daytona beach and actually kicked some butt in the premier 450cc league? Ya know, that kind of makes up for the blown West Region demi-championship in the 250cc class. I mean, that's the first time anyone has bested James Stewart in qualifying this year. And in Stewart's home state, no less.
Which makes me wonder wtf was up with James this Saturday, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
Jason Lawrence then went on to put his Boost Mobile/ampm/Monster-sponsored privateer Yamaha YZ450F in front of the supercross-loving world by leading for a full three- quarters of the main event. Sure, his quick getaway was a result of "the fall," but look at the great shot above by Brendan Lutes from Transworld Motocross: dude was flying. And yeah, he faded and "let Reed by" as MXA reported, but he didn't make any excuses about his fitness. We'll see if he makes good on this promise made in his Monday Conversation with Steve Cox at Racer X to "get on some fitness right now and I’m going to be out there, dude, killing it."
I bet this race pissed Ryan Dungey off bigtime.