News 1 Mar 2017

MX2 rookie Wilson regrouping after challenges of Qatar

Crashes halt Australian's progress at opening round of season.

Image: Andrew Conway (Conway MX).

It was a rough entrance into the MX2 World Championship ranks for Australia’s Jay Wilson at Qatar’s 2017 season-opening round on 25 February.

Aboard his iFly JK Yamaha YZ250F, the 2015 Motul MX Nationals MX2 champion suffered crashes in both motos resulting in a 27-26 moto scorecard for 28th overall on debut.

Still feeling the effects from multiple mishaps, the 22-year-old confirms he will be healthy enough to contest this weekend’s second round of the 2017 series in Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia.

“It was a tough weekend in Qatar,” Wilson told “We had two really big crashes when I was sitting just outside the top 10 in both motos which was not how we wanted to kick the season off. I’m a bit battered and bruised because I hit my head in the second race, but I’ll be right for Indonesia this weekend.”

With his focus set on remaining healthy during the opening rounds, Wilson looks forward to settling into his completely new world championship routine.

“The pace is what I expected it to be, I mean this is the world championship,” he added. “If we can finish every weekend and make it through these big fly away rounds safely, then we’ll have a lot more time to settle in to things once the series gets back to Europe.”

Wilson currently carries no championship points into Indonesia’s second round of the 2017 MX2 World Championship with 18 rounds remaining on the schedule.