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Perfect Start To The Season For Wilson

 

FEBRUARY 11, 2015: It was a perfect beginning to the motocross season for young Australian Jay Wilson at the weekend.

The 20-year-old from Tweed Heads, near Coolangatta on the Gold Coast, took his Altherm JCR Yamaha YZ250F to win the fiercely-fought MX2 (250cc) class at the first of four rounds of the New Zealand Motocross Championships in Taranaki on Sunday.

The Australian MX2 No.4 won the day's opening race at the Barrett Road Motorcycle Park facility, on the outskirts of New Plymouth, and then backed that up by twice finishing third in the two races that followed, giving him a four point advantage over Amberley's Micah McGoldrick at the end of the day.

McGoldrick posted a 10-1-1 score-card.

Third step on the podium was taken by Takaka's Hamish Harwood, the rider who had finished runner-up to Serco Yamaha's Luke Clout in the MX2 class at the Australian Motocross Championships last year, with privateer Yamaha rider Hayden Kanters, of Otorohanga, claiming fourth spot overall.

For Wilson, using the Kiwi nationals as a warm-up springboard ahead of the Australian Motocross Championships, set to kick off on at Horsham, in Victoria, on March 29, the weekend could not have gone much better.

"Today was not really what I had expected," he said.

"But it could have been better, of course. I'd have liked to have won all three races," he laughed.

"It's a great comeback from injury for me. The New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville (two weeks ago) was only my fifth day back on a bike. So, early on in my Kiwi campaign, I'm certainly on the right foot to win the championship."

The Yamaha contingent celebrated a clean sweep in Taranaki at the weekend with Queenstown's Scott Columb (Altherm JCR Yamaha YZ450F) topping the MX1 class, ahead of Australian No.2 Kirk Gibbs, and Taupo's Cohen Chase (Total BikesportNZ.com Yamaha YZ125) winning the 125cc division, ahead of defending champion Josiah Natzke, of Hamilton.

Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team boss Josh Coppins, of Motueka, was thrilled with the results achieved by his riders.

"This is just what we needed," said the two-time former world No.2.

"We have had a bit of a drought lately with our results and it has been tough. I'm happy to say our sponsors have stuck by us and I knew things would finally come right. It was just a matter of time."

Three rounds remain, with a total nine races in each class still needed to decide where the titles go, but it has certainly been a solid start for these men.

The series now heads to Pleasant Point, near Timaru, for round two in just under two weeks' time, on February 22.

Round three is set for Rotorua on March 8, with the fourth and final round is at Pukekohe on March 15.

It is also worth noting that Wilson had, earlier this season, won the 250cc class in the New Zealand Supercross Championships.

The Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing team is supported by Altherm Window Systems, Yamaha, JCR, CRC, Ados, GYTR, Yamalube, Fox Racing, Hollands Collision Centre, Star Moving, Ward Demolition, Fulton Hogan, Pirelli, FMF, DID, NGK, Matrix, Renthal, Motomuck, Workshop Graphics, Motoseat, Hammerhead, SKF, Vertex Pistons, Rtech Plastics, Etnies, Biketranz and Fulton Hogan.

Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com