Features 21 Feb 2023

Fast Thoughts: Wilson Todd

On his time in American Supercross and plans for the future.

Three-time Penrite ProMX MX2 champion Wilson Todd opened his 2023 season racing the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship in the 250SX West category with Fire Power Honda, but has since returned home to set his sights on another national title outdoors. After a bag of mixed results including crashes and injuries, MotoOnline.com.au caught up with the 24-year-old from Far North Queensland to get his Fast Thoughts on his time in America and what’s next.

Image: Octopi Media.

Experiencing AMA Supercross…

It was good and tough at the same time – mainly tough because of unfortunate stuff throughout the weeks, going down off the start in San Diego and injuring my thumb and just some other things didn’t go as smoothly as I would’ve liked. It’s all character building though.

Status on the thumb injury…

It’s mostly okay now, I can feel it a little over the bumps. I tore a ligament at the top of thumb that kind of helps you close the top of it down, when the ligament tore it pulled a bit of bone off with it. There was also a cut underneath too, right where your thumb creases, not was wrapped up for a few days because we didn’t know it needed stitches, after three or so days we pulled the wrapping off and knew it needed stitches but the doctors wouldn’t stitch it, they didn’t want it to get infected. But I’m back on the bike now, I can feel a little pain, but it’s nothing that will slow me down, the pain doesn’t get any worse.

Plans moving forward…

I’m back in Australia now getting ready for the championship here. We haven’t decided what we’re doing with America yet, I had a rough go and we’re not in any points hunt over there, so we’re not sure if we’ll go back yet, but I’m down training with the boys at Ross Beaton’s. I got back on the bike last week and was about 10 seconds a lap off the pace [laughs], but each day I’ve gotten better and I’m slowly getting the bike fitness back now, I lacked a lot of bike time in the US, between injuries and some bad weather.

Image: Foremost Media.

Staying MX2 instead of moving to MX1…

I wasn’t going to race in Australia at all, I was originally going to race World Supercross and AMA Supercross, then Yarrive [Konsky] asked me if I could come and race here as well and I said yes, but it would’ve been way too hard to race 450 here, because I would’ve had to fly back and race 250 in America, so the transition would’ve been nearly impossible.

Looking ahead to 2024…

We’re going to head back to America and to have a better crack. I don’t know if I’ll race in Australia like I am this year, I’ll probably put more focus on racing the east coast over there and whatever other races we do, but at this stage, I will probably give Australia a miss.