Australian Jay Wilson, from the GYTR Yamaha team, is heading across the Tasman to compete in 2013 New Zealand Motocross Championships at rounds two and three, racing under the Josh Coppins JCR Yamaha Racing Team banner.
Recently signed with Australia Yamaha’s factory-supported U19’s team, Wilson welcomes the opportunity to mix it up with New Zealand’s MX2 talent, saying he “can’t wait to battle bars with the Kiwis”.
No stranger to winning on New Zealand dirt, Wilson became Australia’s first ever motocross world champion, winning the FIM Junior Motocross World Championships in the 85cc class at Taupo in 2009.
Having gained numerous state titles along with round wins in the Australia motocross championships, Wilson has certainly set his benchmark for future success after finishing fourth overall in last season’s Australian U19 motocross championships.
Known for putting in the hard yards and his never-say-die attitude, Wilson sets his goals high, making the most of the opportunity to compete in rounds two and three of the New Zealand Motocross Championships before Australia’s nationals kick off in April.
BikesportNZ.com contributor Sharon Cox caught up with Wilson as he prepared for the trip over …
Q: First, congratulations on signing with GYTR Yamaha … how did this come together?
Jay: Thank-you. (Yamaha’s) Scott Bishop approached me towards the end of 2012 asking if I had anything planned for 2013. I didn’t have much on the table and it sounded like a great deal so we kept in contact and here we are.
Q: It would be an exciting opportunity to race in NZ MX Championships rounds two and three under Josh Coppins. Your thoughts?
Jay: As soon as I heard I had the chance to go over to New Zealand and race under Josh, I jumped at it. Josh is a world class rider that has a lot of experience and knowledge. I know I can learn a lot from him and look forward to the experience to work with him.
Q: Racing from four years of age, how have you managed to set goals and achieve results through junior motocross years of racing and then the transition to U19’s?
Jay: I have always set my own goals, trained hard and wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of mum and dad and all the people around me. They put 100% time, effort and everything in for me so I think it has only fair that I put everything into it as well. The transition to U19’s was a bit hard. The aggression in that class was a big step coming from the juniors but I have to just focus on myself and reach the goals I set.
Q: At 15 years of age, winning 2009 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship at Taupo would be a highlight of your career … did this experience change what you wanted to achieve in the sport?
Jay: Winning the world title was definitely a highlight of my career. I don’t know if it has changed what I want to achieve. It drives me to work towards winning more world championships and get that same feeling.
Q: Finally, having Australian riders competing in the New Zealand national series certainly raises the stakes for podium finishes … what are you looking forward to in racing rounds two and three in New Zealand?
Jay: I’m looking forward to racing in New Zealand on some cool tracks meeting new people and getting some good race experience.
© Words by Sharon Cox, www.BikesportNZ.com
© Photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com