News 23 Oct 2019

Lifting intensity key for defending champion Wilson

Yamalube Yamaha Racing contender shy of the podium in South Australia.

Image: Foremost Media.

Defending SX2 champion Jay Wilson believes lifting his intensity in the coming rounds will lead to a season-first main event victory in the Australian Supercross Championship.

The Yamalube Yamaha Racing ace has recorded a 5-4 scorecard across the opening two rounds, the number one plate holder admittedly taking too long to bring his race intensity into the night show.

Wilson, who’ll line-up in the opening rounds of the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship, finished third in his heat at Port Adelaide on Saturday before charging to fourth in the 15-lap main.

“Looking back, I just took too long to find my intensity in the afternoon sessions,” said Wilson. “I need to find my race pace quicker, get the combos worked out faster and get up to race pace in the first session on the track.

“I wasn’t far off by the main in terms of lap-times, but if my day started there, then I would give myself a much better chance at winning a final. When five or six riders are on the same second, then every bit counts.

“We have a couple of weeks off before round three and just pure intensity is what I will work on in the break. I feel a round win isn’t far away and we are still right in the hunt for the championship.”

Wilson remains in the hunt to successfully defend his SX2 crown, sitting eight points shy of the class leader in fifth position.