News 13 Dec 2016

Nationals not an option for Hunter after Serco exit

Supercross becomes the sole priority for Queenslander.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Wade Hunter has revealed he won’t be contesting the 2017 Motul MX Nationals series following his exit from Serco Yamaha’s factory MX2 outfit .

The Queenslander stated he is in favour of racing the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship, however due to time and financial constraints, the 10-round motocross series is simply not an option for him.

“I don’t think I will return in 2017, not for motocross anyway,” Hunter shared with “I can’t really justify the money and even time – it takes a lot to train to be a top level motocross rider – you can’t have a fulltime job.

“I don’t have a ride that’s going to pay me enough to train fulltime, so it’s too hard to find a job – I’ve done it in the past, but it’s just too hard to find a job where you can work two or three days a week. So I won’t be doing the MX Nationals, but I will do supercross. It’s so much easier for me, and I can actually make some decent money going to supercross, and it doesn’t cost much to enter and stuff like that.”

Hunter endured a challenging and difficult year finishing outside of the top 10 in the MX Nationals, and despite scoring podium finishes during supercross, his season came to an end at Melbourne’s fourth round after suffering a severe foot injury.

The 23-year-old mentioned there was a mutual feeling leaving Serco Yamaha, indicating that both parties were happy to go in seperate ways moving forward.

“I never approached them [Serco Yamaha] to try and stay for another year, and they never approached me,” he continued. “So I was happy to not be there next year, I was happy to go elsewhere, and they were obviously looking for other people anyway. We kind of never talked about anything for next year, we were both happy to go seperate ways.”