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Lawrence Penalized for Florida SX Actions

Monday, April 20, 2009
Jason Lawrence catapulted into the Lites points lead with a victory at San Diego.
It can be a long fall from the top. 2008 Supercross Lites West Champion Jason Lawrence has been fined and suspended for the remainder of the 2009 season. 
Officials with AMA Racing have penalized Supercross-licensed rider Jason Lawrence for his on-track actions at the Jacksonville round of the 2009 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.

In on-track altercations between himself and fellow Supercross competitor Broc Hepler, Lawrence violated section 5.14, paragraph "a," of the 2009 AMA Supercross an FIM World Championship rulebook, which states "no rider may ride in such a manner as to endanger life or limb of other riders..."

In consideration of this violation of the 2009 AMA Supercross an FIM World Championship rulebook and in recognition of Lawrence's current probationary status, the following penalties will be assessed:

  • Suspension from competition in the remainder of the 2009 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship season. This suspension will end May 3, 2009. 
  • $10,000 fine. 
  • Lawrence's probationary status with AMA Racing will be extended by a period of 12 months beginning May 4, 2009, and ending on May 3, 2010.
These penalties follow, and are in addition to, sanctions previously ordered by Federation International de Motocyclisme (FIM) Race Director John M. Gallagher.

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renee -J-Law  April 26, 2009 07:04 AM
I've read a lot of comments on this issue, some saying "its racing" some saying leave Lawrence alone I say there are too many great riders out there looking for a factory ride and if Lawrence can't realize what he's got then put someone out there that 'wants' to be there. We're tired of Lawrence already.
Casey Pons -Marked Target  April 25, 2009 06:17 AM
This kid has tenacity, you have to give him credit for his consistency. But what he is consistent (in)is the issue. I have been criticized for expressing my feelings for his on/off track antics since before his first altercations with Villapoto 2 or 3 seasons ago, and people kept saying, Hey the AMA needs people like him to attract an audience. Sure, you will get peoples attention... but is it the attention the AMA/Yamaha are really looking for to sell bikes and tickets. Sure you say! I suppose if you want to take the foundation and roots of Motocross and cross pollinate them with the mentality(or lack there of) of professional wrestling with all the legitimacy of a two bit carnival, then stop penalizing him and throw more money in his direction. The kid has more raw talent than the rest of the gate collectively, so why can't he just tap into that and forget about making life more difficult for himself and win on the merit of genetics and skip the rest. Personally, people like Roger DeCoster was who I had in mind as a role model when I was introduced to the greatest sport on wheels a few years back, and he still is. But then again, I never much cared for soap operas either. My opinion only!
SAMxrl -"Reckless and abandoned"  April 21, 2009 07:27 AM
Back in Bob "hurricane" Hannah, Ricky Johnson, and David Bailey racing days it was pretty much expected they would "take each other out" on the track if that's what was needed to get on the box. The difference is they usually settled their differences while racing or took it away from the public eyes. Todays riders go UFC on one another in front of the audience and the AMA is tired of it! The money being thrown at these riders for even finishing mid-pack is ridiculous! Sponsors and promotors expect better for the expensive contracts they are paying on. With that in mind, it's no wonder the AMA and teams are "laying down the law" on riders like Jason Lawerence. Somebody has to be the example and he is it!!
manuello -J-Law  April 21, 2009 04:37 AM
"no rider may ride in such a manneras to endanger life or limb of other riders..."(Unless you are James Stewart)