Jason Lawrence didn’t have a good 2009. The 25-year-old planned on defending his American Motorcross Association West Coast Lites title but instead suffered a series of bad luck. In September of 2009, he was sentenced to one year in the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, Calif. after being charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of battery with serious bodily injury and one count of mayhem. He was sentenced almost 50 days after finishing third in the AMA National Motorcross round in Washougal, putting his career – and his life – on hold.
Once his time in jail was finished, Lawrence wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his Motorcross career – but decided to start the 2010 season less than a month after he was released from prison. He competed in just a handful of races during the 2010 season and instead turned his focus to getting back into shape, so he could compete at a higher level.
Lawrence has threatened to make a full-fledge return ever since, leaving fans to question if the talented – yet troubled – rider would ever race professionally again. Well the answer appears to be yes.
Wednesday afternoon Lawrence admitted during a Utopia Optics photo shoot that he will make a return to racing for the 2013 AMA Pro Motorcross National Championship. The itch to get back to riding might have been thanks in part to the fact that Lawrence is living in Southern Calif. with friend and fellow racer Josh Hansen, though he was riding at his grandparents’ Florida property in preparation for his return. He doesn’t seem to have missed a beat, having just recently won a local scramble race riding a Suzuki 450.
Lawrence formerly rode for the Yamaha of Troy team but will now be sponsored by Utopia and Arma Energy, who both fully support his comeback.
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