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Wilson Remains In The No.1 Position


AUGUST 3, 2015: It looks sure to be a Yamaha-Yamaha and Kiwi-Aussie 1-2 battle right up to the end of the Australian Motocross Championships this season.

Riding for the New Zealand-based Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team, Australian rider Jay Wilson has locked horns this season with fellow Yamaha ace and defending champion Luke Clout, who rides for the Australian Serco Yamaha Race Team, and there is now virtually nothing to separate them as the 10-round series heads towards a thrilling conclusion.

Wilson still has the advantage after finishing 3-2 in his two outings at round eight of the series at Nowra, in New South Wales, on Sunday.

Those results were enough for Wilson to end the day second overall to Clout (who finished 1-3) and, significantly, it was also sufficient for Wilson to hold a three-point advantage over Clout as the competitors now prepare for the final two rounds of racing.

The just-turned 21-year-old Wilson, from Tweed Heads, near Coolangatta, was crowned New Zealand MX2 (250cc) Champion earlier this year and he would like nothing better this season than to claim two national titles in two countries.

With New Zealand's two-time former world motocross No.2 Josh Coppins to guide him, Wilson was in typically determined form on Sunday.

"We started the weekend with Jay (Wilson) six point ahead of Luke (Clout) and now it's down to three, so obviously we lost some ground," said Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team manager Coppins.

"Jay crashed early in the first race and had to fight back through almost the entire field to finish third. His next race was better, but he still didn't get a great start and that's something we'll have to rectify before the final two rounds.

"But again he came through the traffic and he passed Clout with two laps to go.

"It was a case really of damage control for Jay.

"We made a few changes to the bike and this gave us a few positives and a few negatives, so we'll be looking at that before the final rounds. Jay showed real determination and great speed.

"The championship is really now down to just him and Clout now ... it's just a matter of working out what the finishing order might be. I'll be working hard to make sure it's Jay who finishes on top."

Wilson now heads back across the Tasman to conduct training at the Altherm JCR Yamaha Team base near Motueka as he prepares for the final two showdowns in Queensland, rounds nine and 10 of the series, set for Toowoomba on August 23 and Coolum on August 30.

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,