News 25 Aug 2014

2015 contract imminent for Wright at CDR Yamaha

Teenager on the brink of fulltime factory Yamaha MX1 deal.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Image: Jeff Crow.

CDR Yamaha could confirm the signing of teenage revelation Jacob Wright as soon as next week as the team moves to lock in its 2015 rider line up.

Originally from Gladstone, 19-year-old Wright starred again on Sunday with his second Super Pole in succession and the opening moto win, but fell short of an overall podium after battling to sixth in moto two.

Wright is currently under a four-race agreement with CDR Yamaha, with the team holding the option on his future for 2015, which team owner Craig Dack is currently finalising the formalities of to retain the rising star.

“The two races that he’s won so far, the way he has won them has been really, really impressive,” Dack said. “During the time we have obviously been in deep discussions for next year and are close to having an announcement potentially within a week.

“We just want to get through this series, but everything has been very positive and it’s imminent that we do sign him. Jacob is our number one priority at the moment. I don’t want to let him go, really like the guy, and it’s nice to find someone who was on the brink of leaving the sport to now become a really contender for next year I believe.”

Former Jay Marmont mechanic Aiden Meltzer has immediately meshed with Wright since his mid-season arrival and will likely remain a working combination into 2015.

With four-time champion Jay Marmont retiring and Scotsman Billy Mackenzie likely to depart following Coolum despite showing flashes of race-winning form in the closing stages of the season, Dack is yet to confirm a teammate for Wright.

“We’re still working out what we will do there, but it’s still probably several weeks before we do make any kind of announcement,” he added.