News 1 Aug 2017

Wilson still coming to terms in Australian motocross return

Former MX2 champion experiences challenging round at Port Macquarie.

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2015 Australian MX2 champion Jay Wilson is still adjusting to racing locally in the country after a brief stint in the MX2 World Championship earlier this year.

Wilson, who joined the Raceline Pirelli KTM outfit prior to Nowra’s sixth round, has failed to display performances that we’re more familiar with, as he continues to feel his way back into the quarter-litre category.

The Queenslander lodged 10-9 results for ninth overall at Port Macquarie’s eighth stop of the Motul MX Nationals last weekend, which the number six admits was a day riddled of costly mistakes.

“Round eight was a challenge to say the least,” Wilson commented. “I went down a number of times and made it hard on myself, and unfortunately it was a track that if you didn’t get a good start then it was difficult to do much.

“In race one I got a really good jump off the start but unfortunately I got caught up with another rider and went down. I got back up and made my way through the pack to 10th, but it wasn’t the result we were hoping for.

“In the last moto I got sort of a mid-pack start and felt my speed was a lot better. Unfortunately, though I went down again while I was in about sixth, and by the time I got up and going again, I’d lost positions and ended up ninth.

“The changes we made to the bike were much better on the weekend so now it’s just up to me to minimise mistakes and keep pushing towards the front.”

Out of his three appearances thus far, the KTM rider has recorded a trio of ninth place finishes. The Motul MX Nationals now heads to Queensland for the final two rounds of the championship at Toowoomba and Coolum, which are two venues that Wilson has experienced great success at in his career.