Yamaha’s Jay Wilson will be Australia’s next international rider after taking on a racing and development role with Yamaha Motor Corporation (YMC) in Japan for the 2022 season. After months of planning and behind-the-scenes discussions, not to mention Due to several covid delays, Wilson, 27, will fly to Japan in the coming weeks to take on his new role as a factory Yamaha rider in the Japan National Motocross Championship, where he will compete in the IA2 (250cc) division ) and will participate in coaching. , testing and future product development role with Yamaha.
It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for Wilson, who tested the waters late last year by attending an event in Japan and being part of a series of projects to define his role.
“It’s the dream job for me because it encompasses the three passions I have for dirt bikes – racing, training and development,” Wilson begins. “I still have the motivation to race and win championships and that is my main role with Yamaha in Japan and the new venture motivates and excites me more than ever.
“I also have the opportunity to share my knowledge with the Yamaha riders in Japan and hope to help them race to a higher level and ensure Yamaha’s future success in the years to come, as well as being part of their product testing program development This is a huge opportunity and responsibility, but my family and I are looking forward to it.
With the first round scheduled shortly after his arrival, Wilson will have to get down to business, but the Queenslander has been working hard in Australia during pre-season to ensure he fights fit and ready to go as soon as he arrives. it will hit the tarmac in Japan with the adorned YZ250F number 16 ready and waiting.
“With Covid it has delayed things in many ways and made lockdown dates a little more difficult, but everyone behind the scenes at YMC and YMA has been working hard to get everything online. I’m so thankful for their efforts as I’m taking my family with me so it was more of a hassle than my trip to Sugo last year. I’ve been training here in Australia in preparation for the upcoming season and things are starting to pick up speed as we get closer to leaving.
“We will be based in Hamamatsu, close to Yamaha’s headquarters and proving grounds and we are all looking forward to experiencing the Japanese way of life. The one constant is that I will be racing a Yamaha YZ250F, which is a bike that I love racing and proud to be showing at the Japan Nationals.
“I am proud to have this chance with Yamaha and even more proud to extend an already fruitful relationship not only between me and Yamaha, but also Yamaha Australia and the head office in Japan,” concludes Wilson.
Wilson’s appointment to the role in Japan and working directly with YMC only enhances Australia’s racing credentials.
“This offer from Japan is a testament to the hard work and dedication he has put into YMA over the past few years. He has been a pleasant and professional off-road rider and a determined and focused rider – and that was recognized during our discussions with Japan,” says Matthew Ferry, Sales and Marketing Director at YMA.
“It’s also another notch in the belt for the Yamaha racing structure that we have in Australia and in this case the Yamalube Yamaha team, who have supported Jay for the past four years and guided him to incredible results.
“Positions like this don’t come around very often and I’m sure Jay will make the most of it. As he mentioned, it’s a dream job for many racers and I know he’ll make it. wish for some time.
“We wish Jay and his family all the best and know he will give his all in any project he is involved in,” Ferry concludes.
2022 Japan Motocross Championship Schedule
Route 1 – April 9 and 10 – Kyushu, Kumamoto
Route 2 – May 14 and 15 – Kanto, Saitama
Route 3 – June 11 and 12 – Cyugoku, Hiroshima
Route 4 – July 16 and 17, Sugo, Miyagi
Route 5 – September 10 and 11, Kinki, Nara
Route 6 – October 8 and 9, Kyushu, Kumamoto
Route 7 – October 29 and 30, Kanto, Saitama
Route 8 – November 11 and 12, Sugo, Miyagi