MOTOCROSS - J-Law Arrested, Suspended For Red Bud
By Shan Moore
The AMA will make a decision next week on Jason Lawrence's future. 7/5/2008
As if he didn’t have enough problems already, Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence was arrested for disorderly conduct while at Red Bud Track N Trail on the evening of July 4th, and released the following morning from the Berrien County Jail on $100 bail. Lawrence was at Red Bud Track N Trail for round six of the AMA Toyota Motocross Series when an alleged fight broke out between Lawrence and another person, ending in Lawrence’s arrest. This coming just three weeks after an incident at Freestone Country Raceway in Texas where Lawrence rolled his mechanic’s rental car in the parking lot. Lawrence was put on probation by the AMA for the rental car incident and was given a $25,000 suspended fine which the AMA said would be dropped if Lawrence stayed clean for the rest of the year.
According to the AMA’s Jeff Canfield, Lawrence was suspended from the weekend’s race and, according to Canfield, ‘the AMA will be issuing a statement about the incident at the first part of the week.’ When asked about reports that Yamaha had terminated Lawrence’s contract, Team Yamaha’s Jim Perry said that Lawrence was under contract with Yamaha of Troy and not Yamaha and so it would be Yamaha of Troy’s responsibility to act on the situation. “I’m sure the AMA will suspend him for a while and collect the $25,000 fine,” said Perry.
Yamaha of Troy team manager Chris McAvoy would not comment on the situation other than to say that a press release would be issued this week.