News 25 Feb 2016

Yamaha backs MX Nationals junior categories

Rising Star Rookies and 85cc Cup classes supported.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Yamaha Motor Australia will feature as the naming-rights sponsor of the Yamaha Rising Star Rookies and Yamaha 85cc Cup at the 2016 MX Nationals, Australian Motocross Championship.

With Yamaha being one of the special partners celebrating 20 years working with Williams Event Management in 2016, their joint commitment to junior racing in Australia will be showcased with the two classes racing at selected rounds of the MX Nationals this year.

“Yamaha Motor Australia is excited to bring the junior categories back to the MX Nationals in 2016,” Yamaha Motor Australia motorsport manager Ray Howard said. “Australia continues to produce world class junior riders and exposing them to high profile events like the MX Nationals will only fast track their development and profile.

“Through our successful Yamaha Junior Racing program and now supporting the Rookies and the 85cc Cup categories at the MX Nationals, we continue to invest money into the future of motocross as Yamaha Motor Australia believes junior racing and development as a vital cog in producing world class riders. In fact, Yamaha now adopts a worldwide step–up program that was based on the success we have had in Australia.

“It also has extra meaning to the riders knowing that these events will also be looked at as opportunity to impress for Australian selection for the FIM World Junior Championship, later in the year.

“Just last year we saw Hunter Lawrence win the Rookies and then go on to finish third in the World Junior Championship on board a YZ125. He is now based in Europe and taking on the world and some of that success is due to the domestic junior racing environment here in Australia. We look forward to the younger generation stepping up and marking their mark at this years’ MX National rounds.”

MX Nationals series promoter Kevin Williams echoed Howard’s comments, also thanking Yamaha and Ray Howard for their continued support of the series and junior racing in 2016.

“As Ray has mentioned, Yamaha have a long history of supporting junior racing and of course the MX Nationals, and without partners like them, the series and these initiatives simply wouldn’t be possible,” Williams said.

“Yamaha has backed WEM, Australian motocross and junior racing from the very beginning, so to have them back on board in 2016 especially as the naming right sponsor to our two junior support classes is fantastic.

“With the new structure in our junior classes this year, we’re very excited to see where our young racers can go in the future, and we are proud to have the continued support of Yamaha Australia in 2016.”

The MX Nationals will be making a number of further announcements in the coming weeks, as the countdown to round one in Horsham on 3 April continues.

2016 MX Nationals Junior support class calendar:
Round 1 – 3 April – Horsham, VIC (Yamaha 85cc Cup)
Round 2 – 17 April – Appin, NSW (Yamaha Rising Star Rookies)
Round 4 – 22 May – Murray Bridge, SA (Yamaha 85cc Cup)
Round 8 – 31 July – Shepparton, VIC (Yamaha Rising Star Rookies)
Round 10 – 28 August – Coolum, QLD (Yamaha Rising Star Rookies and Yamha 85cc Cup)