News 22 Jun 2017

Suzuki's Wilson rules out MX Nationals second-half return

Factory-backed racer sets focus on 2017 Australian Supercross Championship.

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Wilson Coolair Motul Suzuki’s Luke Wilson has confirmed he will not return for the remaining five rounds of 2017 Motul MX Nationals competition after exiting the series at Appin’s second round.

The 27-year-old will now turn his focus to the upcoming Australian Supercross Championship and begin early preparations for the six-round schedule set to kick off at Jimboomba in Queensland on 23 September.

“I was looking at how I felt to come back for the second part of the motocross season, but I just don’t really have any motivation to do so,” Wilson told “I’m not going to go do it and waste anyone’s time.

“I’ve always done better at supercross, so I’m going to put my head down and start early on supercross. I’m really looking forward to having a good season there, so that’s my plan at the minute.”

Taking time away from racing due to personal reasons, the Queenslander is yet to return to the bike since Murray Bridge’s fifth round as he spends time with his family away from the track.

“I haven’t been on the bike since Murray Bridge and I’ve just been spending the time with my daughter, I’ve really been enjoying that time,” Wilson said. “Just a few things were frustrating me with the sport so I took a bit of time to step away and it kind of worked out that I had a daughter.”

Whilst ruling himself out of the remaining rounds of racing, Wilson will continue to head to each event and complete the GoPro Onboard laps during practice and qualifying.

A fill-in rider is not expected to be drafted into the factory Suzuki squad to race alongside America’s Kyle Peters at this point in time.