News 5 Sep 2023

Internationals complete Yamaha AUSX team roster

Returning Thompson plus Wageman confirmed as SX2 entries.

Image: Foremost Media.

Canadian Cole Thompson will return to the Serco Yamaha team for the 2023 Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX), as the SX2 entry of American Robbie Wageman has also been confirmed with WBR Yamaha for the upcoming series.

Thompson made his Australian debut last season with Serco and notched a solid second overall in the SX2 championship, and competed in 250SX West earlier this year with Team Solitaire, achieving a best finish of P9 at Oakland and Glendale.

“I had a great time racing in Australia last year and made a lot of new friends, so I was super keen to get back down there and do the 2023 championship,” Thompson explained. “Despite carrying an injury earlier in the year, I now feel good and looking forward to getting the championship started in Adelaide in October.

“I feel a little more confident going into this year’s championship as I have experienced how their racing works, how the tracks are built and the riders I will compete against. The riders in Australia are talented and hard to beat, so I will need to be at my best if I am to improve on last years’ result.”

Thompson will line-up alongside Rhys Budd in Serco’s SX2 line-up, while US-based racer Wageman will join Ryder Kingsford onboard YZ250F for WBR. It will mark Wageman’s first trip to Australia, and he scored consistent top 15 finishes in 250SX West earlier this year with the BarX Suzuki team.

Bailey Malkiewicz will represent WBR Yamaha in SX1, while the Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team will have Jayce Cosford and Kaleb Barham fly the flag in SX2.

As previously released, Josh Hill will contest represent CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team in SX1 alongside Aaron Tanti and Luke Clout, as round one of the series takes place at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on 7 October.