News 11 Aug 2023

Japan-based Wilson named Tomac Pro Motocross fill-in

Joins Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing for final three rounds.

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Australian international Jay Wilson will fill in for Eli Tomac at Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing to complete the 2023 Pro Motocross Championship.

Japan-based Wilson, 29, has been in the US testing and that has led to an opportunity to join Dylan Ferrandis, beginning with this weekend at Unadilla.

“I had the opportunity to come to the US during the summer break to do some testing and development work for Star Racing,” Wilson explained. “With my season going very well so far in Japan, we thought this could be a cool chance for me to also race the final three rounds of the American outdoors.

“My focus this trip is supporting the Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team and their riders, but to combine that with racing here is a dream come true. The guys at YMUS and YMC have been incredibly supportive and accommodating of us, so I’m excited to share my knowledge and expertise with the team and to race alongside them this weekend.”

Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 450 team manager Jeremy Coker added: “We’re happy to have Jay come in for the final three outdoor rounds. He brings with him a lot of experience, and it will be great to have his feedback and two riders again on the 450 team to help keep moving our program forward.”

A former MX2 champion in Australia and New Zealand, last year Wilson and his family moved to Japan for a role with Yamaha as a racer and development rider, where he enjoyed a stellar debut season in the All-Japan Motocross Championship and won 15 of 16 motos aboard the YZ250F for a dominant title campaign in the 2022 IA2 250cc Championship

This year has moved up to the 450 class with the new Yamaha Factory Innovation Team and has again been dominant. He now looks forward to making his debut in the Pro Motocross Championship during the last three rounds of the 2023 season with the Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team before resuming his championship run in Japan.