News 18 Dec 2015

Team Honda Racing makes Wilson and Long signings official

Youthful combination to spearhead new-look factory team.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Team Honda Racing has signed youthful combination of Jay Wilson and Dylan Long for 2016, both aboard the CRF450R in the premier class of Australia’s MX Nationals and Australian Supercross.

Honda Australia’s factory racing program will be revamped for the new year, aligning with the powerhouse superbike squad in a streamlined assault, and signing a new-look line-up of Wilson and Long.

It’s also been revealed that longtime Honda employee Pip Harrison will be heavily involved in Team Honda Racing’s motocross and supercross project, working alongside Motologic owner Paul Free and the team.

“Having wrapped up the motorcross title in MX2 class this year, MX1 was always going to be my next step,” Wilson said. “It’s the premiere class and I believe it is very important to push myself as a rider, so I am very excited to be going racing with Honda and the newly-formed team in 2016. Paul Free and Pip Harrison have both worked very hard to put a competitive package together and I couldn’t be happier to join such a successful team of people.”

Long commented: “I am super-excited to be joining Team Honda Racing heading into 2016 and can’t wait to get started. I have seen the success the road team has already achieved over the years and to have Pip Harrison on board with the off-road side of things is really exciting. The knowledge that both Paul and Pip have combined will make an extremely strong team. I am really driven to win and I look forward to the 2016 season starting.”

Wilson joins the team after his winning MX2 championship campaign with JCR Yamaha, while Long has landed a fulltime factory ride after his positive guest appearance with NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki in the second half of this season.