We aren’t going to beat around the bush here and get straight to the point. Former AMA 250 Supercross West Champion Jason Lawrence will be making a return to the AMA Pro Motocross Championship supported by Arma Energy and Utopia Worldwide.
After threatening to make a return to racing the last couple of years, this time it looks like it’s real. With support from Arma Energy and Utopia Worldwide, the 25-year-old has his sights on preparing for the Outdoor Nationals and thanks to Utopia, J-Law has made his way out to California to shoot for the company’s 2013 Fall catalog. The two parties as well as a new beverage from Arma plan to all re-launch themselves together with Jason’s return to racing.
In 2008, while riding for the Yamaha of Troy team, Lawrence began his string of bad choices and trouble-making as he was arrested for disorderly conduct for a fight in the pits at the Red Bud national. Weeks prior to that, Jason had rolled his mechanic’s rental car in the pits at Freestone County Raceway in Texas. The incidents sparked the fire as things went from bad to worse for the talented racer.
J-Law is looking good, not only on but also off the bike. Lawrence appears to be healthy as he prepares to race again.
In 2009 Lawrence started off the series with his own team and planned to defend his 250 Supercross West title until things went from bad to really bad. The then team owner/rider nearly scored victory in the 450 main event in Daytona, eventually dwindling to finish second, a huge breakthrough race for the youngster. Within the next few weeks though, Lawrence would be suspended from the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series after on-track clash with competitor Broc Hepler.
From there came the outdoor season where Jason showed promising finishes including a third place result at the Washougal, Washington round of the series. By September, Lawrence had found himself back to causing trouble as he was sentenced to one year in a detention center in Murrieta, California charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of battery with serious bodily injury, and one count of mayhem.
Since his release J-Law has attempted to make a comeback to racing a number of times only to result in crashes and DNF finishes. His best result came when he won a local hare scrambles race in 2012.
For the past couple of weeks rumors have been flying around the motocross community on a return from Jason Lawrence. We received a phone call yesterday from Utopia Worldwide stating that they had indeed flown the former champ out to California for a catalog shoot at Pala Raceway. The goggle and eyewear company has recently signed Lawrence to represent them in the upcoming outdoor nationals.
As we pulled into Pala we found a clean-cut, shaved head Jason decked out in O’Neal Motocross gear, Alpinestar boots, and a Bell Moto 9 helmet painted with Arma Energy colors. The New Jersey native was riding an almost-stock 2013 Suzuki RM-Z 450 with a Yoshimura exhaust and Hinson clutch. The bike was also decked out in Arma Energy graphics.
Although he claims he is rusty, Jason looked good on the track as he rode with his old friend Josh Hansen. It looked as if he was never off the bike for as long as he was. Typical J-Law style, he took off before we were able to get an interview.
Needless to say, we are excited to have Lawrence back in action and only hope he can move forward with his commitments to return to professional racing. Best of luck to you J-Law!