Australian teenager, Jay Wilson (Altherm JCR Yamaha YZ250F), on his way to securing the 2013 NZ SX MX2 Championship. Photo by Jeremy McKnight
Altherm JCR Yamaha's Jay Wilson talks pre-race tactics with Team Manager, Josh Coppins. Photo by Jeremy McKnight
Jay Wilson powers his stock standard 2014 YZ250F around a berm during Round 2 of the NZ SX Championships. Photo by Jeremy McKnight

National Titles In Two Countries For Yamaha Ace

29 Nov 2013

The season has only just begun, but the silverware is already starting to pile up for Yamaha ace, Jay Wilson, and the all-new 2014 YZ250F.

The Australian teenager is a national champion in two different countries now after wrapping up the senior Pro Lites (250cc) crown at the second and final round of the New Zealand Supercross Championship at Winton, just north of Invercargill, on Thursday evening.

The Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team rider was unbeatable at Winton, scoring a hat-trick of wins to overturn the one-point deficit he had after round one near Timaru, eventually taking the title by a solid eight points from his main rival, Rhys Carter.

Wilson had also won the Australian Supercross Championships title in the Under-19 class just a week earlier.

Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team manager Josh Coppins, himself a former New Zealand Supercross Champion, said he was thrilled with the outcome of the two-round series.

“It all went very well for Jay (Wilson) at Winton. He was one point behind Carter coming into the round, but he ended up winning the title comfortably.

“We are really happy with the new 2014 Yamaha YZ250F. This was the bike’s first outing and it was completely stock standard - a real testament to the bike's racing pedigree and its potential,” said Coppins. “It was a shame that (the Altherm team’s open class rider) Matt Haworth crashed in the last race. It was disappointing for him because he had been running second in the class. Matt ended up having to settle for third overall in the open class championship.

“It was a good overall result for the Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team tough, winning one class and taking the third podium spot in another class. It’s a good, solid campaign for the team.

“Scott Columb (National MX2 motocross champion) and I will race the Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team bikes at the two-day Otago Motocross Championships near Dunedin on December 7-8, but that’s a rare ride for me these days,” said Coppins.

He said that the “next big hit-up” for the Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team would be the big annual Whakatane Summercross, just after Christmas, and then Scotsman, Billy MacKenzie, would arrive to race the MX1 class for the team at the New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville at the end of January.

Words by Andy McGechan, Images byJeremy McKnight.
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