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Wilson Takes Altherm JCR YAMAHA To The Top


JULY 7, 2015: The fighting ANZAC spirit has probably never been stronger in the Australasian motocross community than right now.

With help from Yamaha on both sides of the Tasman Sea, Jay Wilson surged to the top of the MX2 (250cc) class at Sunday's sixth round of 10 in this season's Australian Motocross Championships at Raymond Terrace, in New South Wales.

The New Zealand MX2 champion from Tweed Heads, near Coolangatta, took his Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing YZ250F to qualify second fastest at Raymond Terrace and then backed that up with 3-2 results on Sunday, good enough for him to finish second overall on the day, just five points behind the day's winner, fellow Australian Caleb Ward.

But, most significantly, was that this result boosted Wilson from third overall to the top of the MX2 championship standings, now five points clear of fellow Yamaha star Luke Clout, the defending champion and the rider who was series leader at the start of the weekend.

With former world No.2 and multi-time New Zealand motocross champion Josh Coppins to mentor him, Wilson has achieved much in the past year.

He won the New Zealand 250cc supercross title at the start of the season and then rocketed away with the New Zealand MX2 motocross crown just a few months later.

Now he is on top in his own country too and, with just eight races remaining to wrap up that championship, he could well be bringing more silverware into the Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team enclosure before the end of the year.

"We have had good support from Yamaha in both Australia and New Zealand to make this happen," said Motueka's Coppins. "And Jay brought with him his own personal sponsors too. He has gone beyond the call of duty to enable the JCR Yamaha team to spread its wings and gain traction in Australia.

"It was natural for us to carry on after his Kiwi campaign and help him achieve in Australia too. He has spent the past two weeks training with me in Motueka and was also instrumental in the Nelson Motorcycle Club finishing runner-up at the recent Battle of the Clubs Motocross in Taupo. As an individual, he won his MX2 class at that event too."

Wilson, Coppins and the Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team now prepares for round seven in Australia, set for Shepparton in Victoria on July 19.

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,



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