News 12 Oct 2017

Serco Yamaha enlists help of Factory Spec for SX2 contender Evans

Renowned suspension specialist assisting in AUS Supercross campaign.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Formeost Media).

Serco Yamaha’s Mitch Evans has revealed he’s working with renowned suspension specialist Ken Wheeler of Factory Spec in his 2017 Australian Supercross Championship campaign, indicating a new partnership between the team and the New South Wales-based operation.

It’s understood Wheeler works solely with the Queenslander through the outfit, while teammate and defending SX2 champion Jackson Richardson has personally sourced his own suspension.

Evans mentioned he commenced working with Factory Spec in the early stages of his supercross preparations, which has assisted him in learning the ropes of testing in the discipline as well as providing a strong base to start from.

“Testing with Kenny started straight after motocross,” Evans told MotoOnline.com.au. “We just sort of got a base setting, and now that I’ve picked up a bit of speed I wanted to fine tune it a bit more – we’ve got it a bit more dialled in now.

“Not having done much supercross, I didn’t really know how to setup a bike for supercross – we’ve learned a bit and made good progress. It’s through the team, but I guess it’s personal because it’s just me – the way Jackson gets his suspension is personal, it’s not through the team, where as mine is through the team.”

The youthful talent is coming off a stellar third place result at Jimboomba’s opening round, which he’s eager to repeat this weekend at round two of the series in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria.

“We were pretty happy with how round one went,” he continued. “We’ve been putting in a big couple of weeks, I’ve been testing with Factory Spec suspension, so yeah, I’m looking to repeat round one.”

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