News 6 Jan 2022

Serco Yamaha signs Malkiewicz alongside Dobson

Youthful line-up to spearhead team's MX and SX charge.

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Serco Yamaha has revealed its 2022 rider line-up, with Bailey Malkiewicz making a full-time return to Australia as teammate to Jesse Dobson in a formidable MX2 squad.

Malkiewicz – the 2018 125cc Junior world champion – spent the last two seasons racing abroad in Europe, largely hindered by injury in his time overseas.

The 19-year-old will relocate to Queensland for the 2022 season, bringing him closer to his new team and helping accelerate preparations for the 2022 ProMX and Australian Supercross Championships.

“Since winning the world championship in 2018, I haven’t had the results I have wanted or expected so it’s time to take stock, make some smart decisions and get the right people around me to get things back on track,” Malkiewicz explained.

“Serco Yamaha has a great track record and have proven championship results, so the opportunity to work with such a successful team was one that I couldn’t pass up.

“Also being on a YZ250F gives me a lot of confidence as I know just how good that bike is and with the knowledge in the team, I know we will have the best package on the track. I’m ready to go to work and repay the faith Yamaha and Serco have in me”.

Dobson, 24, returns to the team after securing second overall in the shortened 2021 MX2 championship and is determined to have an even stronger 2022 after promising pre-season preparations.

“Serco Yamaha has been the perfect fit for me and my career has changed for the better since coming onboard in 2020,” Dobson explained. “There is good chemistry in the team and, with each season our relationship gets stronger, our results continue to get better.

“Last year, was good but this year is going to be better. We have started the pre-season earlier, the race bikes will be better and I feel 2022 is my chance to really make it happen. I’m more motivated than ever and the team are right behind me so I can’t wait to get back behind the gates again and go racing.”

The 2022 ProMX championship kicks off at Wonthaggi on 27 March, marking round one of the eight-stop series.