News 24 Nov 2016

Wilson Coolair Motul Suzuki signs Peters for 2017 season

American replaces Waters alongside Wilson in MX1 program

Image: Alex Gobert (Foremost Media).

Image: Alex Gobert (Foremost Media).

American Kyle Peters join the Wilson Coolair Motul Suzuki outfit for the 2017 season alongside regular team fixture Luke Wilson.

Peters, who raced the final rounds of the MX Nationals series and the complete Australian Supercross Championship as a fill-in rider on multiple teams, is set to return to Australia with the Queensland-based squad as he makes a fulltime campaign in the 2017 motocross and supercross championships.

“When I first arrived in Australia it was meant to be for three weeks and I was just going to do a couple of races,” Peters explained. “But once I got there and I saw just how competitive both motocross and supercross were, I made sure people knew that I wanted to be back there racing fulltime in 2017.

“To have the chance to race for Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki in 2017 is a dream come true. They proved this year they have everything you need to win, and I’m confident that together we can achieve more great things for the brand.

“I raced for Neale in supercross in 2014, and Luke was also my teammate back then, so we know what works for us, we’ve had success together before and I’m just so excited to have the opportunity to come back to Oz and spend a full season racing there.”

Team manager Neale Wilson stated it was an easy decision to offer Peters a position on the team following his impressive form in Australia, and also went onto explain the competitiveness of the Suzuki RM-Z450 after their first year with the manufacturer.

“As a team, we’ve had a long standing relationship with Kyle and he’s actually raced with us back when we were a privateer team,” Wilson shared. “So when we saw his speed during the final two rounds of motocross and also in supercross, it was an easy decision to offer him a position at Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki for 2017.

“We have already celebrated many podiums with Suzuki in what was our first year with the brand and it’s clear that they have provided us with a very competitive bike. With Kyle and Luke on yellow machines next year, we are very excited about going racing once again, and believe we have the ingredients required to win championships.”

Crankt Protein Honda Racing is expected to confirm Suzuki’s outgoing rider Todd Waters’ position on the team at this weekend’s Moto Expo in Melbourne.