Factory Yamaha pilot set to commence MX2 title challenge this weekend.
Former MX2 champion Jay Wilson says his set-up for the upcoming 2019 Pirelli MX Nationals will remained largely unchanged from the setting he utilised in the closing stages of last season.
The Yamalube Yamaha Racing talent transitioned to the all-new 2019 YZ250F for Coolum’s finale before piloting the title-winning machine to the 2018 Australian Supercross Championship SX2 crown.
The number six spent a significant portion of the off-season sidelined with hand injury sustained at the Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney, however now fully recovered, Wilson believes he’s had an adequate amount of time on the bike to competitively contend this weekend at Appin’s season-opener in New South Wales.
“I had a pretty good crash in qualifying at the final round of supercross last year and did some damage to my hand that meant I have to have eight weeks off the bike,” Wilson explained. “There was some bone bruising in there as well as some general soreness, but I was able to start riding again in late January and have put in a solid six weeks riding.
“Each day on the bike I feel a bit better and my fitness off the bike has been good. I have had three races in the lead up to the opening round and done well at those. The bike itself is largely unchanged from what I raced at the end of last season, and that’s fine by me as I love the 2019 YZ250F.
“Appin was a good round for me in 2018 and I’m happy to get our championship under way at a track I have done well at in the past. The team has done a great job getting things ready, so all that is left to do is execute out on the race track.”
Yamalube Yamaha Racing’s team line-up remains unchanged for 2019, however Richie Evans will graduate to the premier class and steer the YZ450F.