New Yamaha function has Wilson stepping as much as 450 in Japan


Information 23 Feb 2023


New Yamaha function has Wilson stepping as much as 450 in Japan

Australian set to return abroad in 2023 and compete in IA1 class.

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After a profitable debut season final 12 months within the All Japan Motocross Championship, reigning IA2 250 champion Jay Wilson will return to Japan and step as much as the 450 class with a newly-formed Yamaha Manufacturing facility Innovation Staff.

Wilson makes the transition following a near-perfect season the place he gained 15 out of 16 IA2 motos on his method to a dominant title win within the class.

As a part of his function with the producer, Wilson will proceed to educate and mentor up and coming Japanese riders, check and develop future merchandise for Yamaha and likewise tackle a administration function throughout the new group.

“2022 was an incredible 12 months for me and my household,” Wilson defined. “We’ve got actually discovered a house for ourselves in Japan each on and off the monitor. We’ve got embraced residing right here and when offered with the chance to remain for 2023 and proceed my relationship with Yamaha, it was a reasonably easy determination.

“I nonetheless really feel I’ve a number of good years of racing left in me and shifting to the IA1 class (450cc) on the YZ450F is a problem I’m prepared for. The 2023 YZ450F is an superior bike and Yamaha have surrounded me with a gaggle of nice folks, so I’ll set my targets excessive, work onerous and do my finest to attempt to safe Yamaha one other championship.”

After spending a part of his pre-season in New Zealand, Wilson has returned to Japan and is difficult at work along with his new Yamaha group as they put together for spherical one of many 2023 All Japan Motocross Championship, set to kick off on 12 April.

“Yamaha had been absolutely supportive of me doing a pre-season boot camp in New Zealand and despatched over my mechanic in addition to some parts to check in preparation for the brand new season,” Wilson added. “Regardless of the climate, I used to be in a position to get loads of hours on the bike and really feel I’ve adjusted to the 450 properly and actually take pleasure in using the brand new bike.”

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