News 14 Nov 2011

Yamaha forms second factory national off-road team for 2012

AJ Roberts has launched a second factory Yamaha team for next season.

Yamaha has revealed that it will launch a second factory-supported Australian Off Road Championship team in 2012.

The team will be headed by seven-time Australian off-road and enduro title winner AJ Roberts, to be joined by former Australian 4-Day Enduro (A4DE) Outright winner Jarrod Bewley and Josh Green.

Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team will debut this weekend at the Wild Wood Rock extreme enduro event.

The team has been formed by Roberts, who will also serve as team manager, and he’s proud to have support from both Yamaha, Active8 Refrigeration & Electrical and Yamalube as title sponsors.

“Yamaha dominated the 2011 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship and A4DE, with eight national title wins,” Roberts said.

“We know that the bikes are both fast and reliable, and with the release of the new fuel injected 2012 WR450F, our aim is to show how competitive this bike is and to continue Yamaha’s off-road title sequence.

“The addition of our team will help Yamaha build on their success and I am very excited for this new opportunity.

“It’s a totally different direction for me than normal, and it was good to be able to make it happen for other riders as well. I picked Jarrod and Josh because they’re the best possible riders for the team.”

Next year, the team will have one rider in E1 on a YZ250F and two in E2 campaigning the brand new WR450F.