With the 2015 MX Nationals MX2 championship number one plate taking pride of place inside his trophy cabinet, Jay Wilson is getting set to take aim on the fast approaching SX2 category of the 2015 Australian Supercross Championship … albeit with a small ‘detour’ between now and the opening round at Bathurst, NSW, on October 10.
Later this week the 21-year-old Gold Coast ace will jet out to Europe for the first time ever to join countrymen Todd Waters and Dean Ferris to represent Australia at the 2015 Motocross of Nations world teams challenge in Ernee, France, on September 26/27.
The MXoN brings together all the world’s best motocross racers in three-rider national teams and after a stellar 2015 season that has seen him win championships both here in Australia and New Zealand for the Josh Coppins Racing Yamaha team, Wilson can’t wait to turn a wheel in anger on the hallowed turf of the spectacular French circuit.
“I’ve never even been to Europe, so I just can’t wait to get there and get into it,” enthuses Wilson, who will line up at the prestigious event aboard a potent Rinaldi-kitted Yamaha YZ250F race bike.
“Of course I’ve seen photos and videos of the track, and it looks awesome. It looks hard-packed, which I like, so I can’t wait to get there and represent Australia.
“I’m sure the whole atmosphere of the event will be huge and I’m hoping we can bring home a result for Australia to be proud of.”
Immediately after the world teams championship event, Wilson will be back on a plane home to Australia and itching to sink his teeth into the 2015 Australian Supercross Championship, where his goal is to book-end his MX Nationals motocross title with a SX2 Supercross championship.
“2015 has been a heck of a season, with a lot of ups and downs along the way, but we’ve been achieving the goals we’ve set,” says Wilson, who is mentored by JCR Yamaha team boss, New Zealander Josh Coppins, who is one of the world’s most decorated international MX GP racers.
“Josh has been such a massive help this year and has backed me from day-dot this season, giving me a ride with his JCR Yamaha team both in New Zealand and here in Australia.
“We’ve won championships in both countries, which has been just awesome, and along the way I’ve learnt so much as a rider and matured so much as a person, that I just keep looking to the future and what it holds.”
When it comes to this year’s Australian Supercross Championship, there’s no question Wilson is looking to capture another national championship in the SX2 division.
“I can’t wait for Supercross,” Wilson enthuses.
“I’m so looking forward to the new championship and the involvement of the new promoters and the new events. I’m so excited to go racing.
“Supercross is more natural to me (than motocross) and we have already started testing and gaining a base setting for our Supercross race bike. As I soon as I get back from France, we will be full-time into Supercross mode – it should be awesome.”
As a former Australian Under 19s Supercross champion, and with a pair of New Zealand Supercross Championships on his resume, Wilson has serious form on the board and has to be considered a major contender for the SX2 crown in this year’s six round, four-state Australian Supercross Championship chase.
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