News 14 May 2019

MX2 champion Todd outlines American motocross stint

Points leader to contest opening two Pro Motocross rounds aboard KTM machinery.

Image: Foremost Media.

Reigning Australian MX2 champion and current points leader Wilson Todd has outlined his plans for a brief stint in the 2019 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship as the Pirelli MX Nationals experiences a lengthy seven-week break.

Todd, who’s always expressed ambitions of racing internationally, will contest the 250MX category at Hangtown’s season-opener this weekend followed by Fox Raceway’s second stop of the tour.

Despite being signed with DPH Motorsport Husqvarna in Australia, Todd will pilot a KTM 250 SX-F arranged through Troy Lee and the TLD Red Bull KTM squad, which comes after a number of failed attempts to secure a FC 250 during his stay.

“[I] flew over to California on Friday to start trying to do some riding,” Todd revealed to MotoOnline.com.au. “I’ll be here for the first two nationals at Hangtown and Fox Raceway, and if maybe an opportunity came up to do any more with a team or support, I’ll do more.

“I’ll be riding a KTM for this one – it’s been a big mess organising a bike, and I have been through so many different plans that were all to do with Husky, but on Thursday or Friday my good friend Johnny McLean and I spoke about trying to go with an opportunity of using one of the Troy Lee bikes, and on Saturday we were good to go. The team and Max Lee helped me with one of their bikes to ride.

“We have a big break and it would be so hard to keep motivated and focused to keep grinding with weeks on end of no racing, so coming over here is keeping me motivated to keep pushing hard and not get sidetracked. Also, no team overseas will ever be interested in me via email – I have to get out and start showing my name and that I can be worthy of a job.”

The opening Pro Motocross rounds will see a large presence of Australian riders in attendance, with full-time contenders Hunter Lawrence (Geico Honda) and Dean Ferris (Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing) set to make their debuts in the series, while Todd Waters, Todd’s teammate at DPH, will also challenge the first three rounds.

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