News 25 Mar 2021

Richardson reveals intentions of returning to racing

Popular North Queenslander plots comeback for AUS Supercross.

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Two-time SX2 champion Jackson Richardson is plotting a return to professional racing by the 2021 Australian Supercross Championship, including a short stint in Penrite ProMX toward the latter stages of the season.

Richardson, 26, has outlined his intentions to contest a number of rounds in the premier class of ProMX prior to turning his attention to Supercross, where he is eager to resurrect his career following an extended time off the bike.

“I stopped riding for a while, got a job as a courier driver around August and finished up last Friday,” Richardson told MotoOnline. “Without any big races going on, it didn’t interest me and I decided to take a break – I was pretty burnt out at the time. I went off the deep-end there for a while, starting partying pretty damn hard for a stretch of time [laughs], but got sick of that and working.

“It was provably what I needed, to get away from the scene for a while and go live a normal life working 5:00am to 5:00pm, because that will make you rethink a lot of things. I’m definitely glad I went and did it, it was honestly the best thing for me and I’ve had a lot of time to think what I need to change in order to be better. Now’s the perfect time to come back with a fresh mind and I’m full of enthusiasm, kinda like I was when I was first going pro with that excitement about it.”

Richardson won the SX2 championship with Serco Yamaha in 2016 and 2017, then was fifth in 2018 after an injury-affected year at CRF Honda Racing. He transitioned into the SX1 ranks during 2019 with Rockstar Energy support on private Honda machinery, struck with bad luck through much of that rookie premier class campaign.