Direction of factory-supported outfit confirmed for 2022 remainder.
WBR Yamaha has confirmed that SX2 privateer Jaxon Hadlow will join the team for the 2022 Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX) remainder, while SX3 leader Cole Davies will receive support from the outfit.
A bruising opening two rounds of AUSX left the squad’s SX2 regulars Connor Tierney and Jye Roberts sidelined with injury, forcing the team to evaluate its options for the remaining races.
Hadlow competed in Melbourne and Adelaide on a CRF250R and is eighth in the championship standings at the halfway point of the series following 11-8 finishes. The number 36 is meeting with the team today to start preparing for the final two rounds onboard the factory-supported Yamaha platform.
New Zealand’s Davies, 15, won the opening round of the SX3 championship at Adelaide Showground with 1-1-5 scores under the Altherm JCR Yamaha banner, and will continue in the category for the rest of the season with help from WBR.
“It was a great event in Adelaide with the weather being good and a great atmosphere at the event,” said WBR Yamaha’s Travis Whitten. “Unfortunately, we experienced more bad luck, Jy started the night good with a third in his heat race but unfortunately had a crash in the main event resulting in a broken arm.
“We are bummed to now have both our riders hurt two rounds into the series. The team worked hard to get the boys sorted and give them plenty of bike time in the lead up of the events, essentially ticking the boxes for a successful and safe SX season. We could easily say it’s to hard and now sit out the final two rounds and prepare for 2023 but that’s not something we want to do.
“We have chosen to press on and give some other riders more opportunity to try and achieve their goals. We will be working with Jaxon Hadlow, Jaxon caught our eye at Adelaide putting in good lap times and currently sits eighth overall in points after the two rounds.
“Jaxon did it rough in Adelaide travelling to the event alone and doing his own bike work so we want to reward that drive and give him a good opportunity to show his best at the final two rounds.
“Jaxon is driving up to the team today to start to prepare for the final two rounds. We will also assist young sensation NZ rider Cole Davies, Cole is only 15 but showed amazing skills on the SX track in Adelaide winning the SX3 overall for the night.”
The 2022 AUSX championship resumes in Newcastle on 26 November, before the fourth and final round takes place one week later at Wagga Wagga, NSW.