Raceline Pirelli KTM’s Wilson takes Jimboomba SX2 victory for third in championship
Raceline Pirelli KTM press release:
Jay Wilson has brought home Raceline Pirelli KTM’s first ever SX2 round win since the team’s formation, after recording yet another podium finish at the final round of the Australian Supercross Championship at Jimboomba over the weekend.
Following his first podium finish in two years at the AUS-X Open just one week ago, Wilson headed into the final event of the season high on confidence, finishing the last outing of the series with a perfect score card.
With Jimboomba absolutely drenched with rain throughout the weekend, riders were forced to contend with the wettest and muddiest conditions of the season, but 23-year-old Wilson adapted and proved that he’s the consummate professional indoors and outdoors.
Wilson qualified in the top position in the SX2 class on Saturday with a flying 58.667 lap time, then backed up his performance in his heat collecting the race win – but it was the main event which delivered Wilson and the Raceline Pirelli KTM team with a fairy tale finish to 2017.
After holeshotting, Wilson charged to the SX2 final win, lapping up to fifth place and taking the race victory by a huge 51.291 seconds – simply unheard of in Supercross terms. With a strong finish at Jimboomba, Wilson also concluded the 2017 Australian Supercross series in third in the SX2 Championship standings.
“Wow! The last round at Jimboomba was absolutely everything I’ve been working towards – we qualified fastest, won the heat race and the main event so we couldn’t have done any more,” Wilson explained.
“My fiancé, my daughter, my brother and my mum were all here for this moment and I’m so proud that I could do this for them.
“The conditions were absolutely brutal – we had so much rain before we went racing but I just rode the track for what it was, stayed patient and made sure we got the starts that we needed to get the win.
“At the halfway point in the year Chris Woods and Raceline gave me a life-line, it was the opportunity to go racing with no expectations, and to just try and get back to where I know that I belong. Finally, we got there, and the hard work has certainly paid off, so I can’t thank everyone enough for their support – I can’t wait for 2018.”
For Wilson’s teammate Morgan Fogarty, round 6 at Jimboomba was also a breakthrough outing for the Supercross rookie.
After qualifying in 11th, Fogarty charged to fifth in his heat race, setting up the main event as one to remember. And it was in the SX2 final that Fogarty recorded his best result of the season, a fifth overall at the final Supercross round at Jimboomba. Following his performance over the weekend, Fogarty also secured 10th in the SX2 Championship in what was only his first ever Supercross season.
“The last round was really good for myself and the team. I got decent starts and we capitilised on the conditions that we were faced with,” Fogarty shared.
“In the main I just rode my own race. You needed to be smart riding the mud, and I knew if I could keep it on two wheels that we had a good shot at getting a solid finish – we did that and I managed to finish fifth overall which is awesome.
“I’m super pumped to finish the series with my best result of the season especially on such a challenging track.
“I’ve loved this year with the guys at Raceline Pirelli KTM, we have learnt so much and got some really good results – I’m looking forward to next season and putting all of that knowledge to good use.”
Raceline Pirelli KTM would like to take this opportunity to thank each of the team’s dedicated partners for their on-going support and dedication to their program during 2017, and are looking forward to working with them again in 2018.
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