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Tough battle for Jay Wilson at Queensland Motocross Championship opener

05-05-09

GMR Motorex KTM racer Jay Wilson faced a tough battle at round one of the Queensland Motocross Championships in Townsville last weekend but still remains in-touch for the Championship chase.

In the 14-15 years Mini-Lites class, Wilson raced with the aim to simply collect as many points as possible after mechanical gremlins struck in his practice session.

Racing his younger brother Dylan’s KTM 85SX, Jay collected a 4th in both races and sits in 4th position overall heading into round two, just 4 points shy from the podium hunt.

“It was really just survival this weekend for me. The track was extremely fast, hard-pack and dusty. I rode really cautiously as well because I wasn’t on my own bike and it’s important for the Championship that you are still there at the end.”

Wilson also contested the 13-14 years Lites class on board his KTM 250SXF and put in a really solid performance in race one, collecting a 3rd place behind Jackson Richardson and Jacob Wright.

However, race two didn’t go to plan “I crashed big time during in the race. I was actually really lucky not to have done significant damage to the bike or hurt myself.

“I was way down the field and had to make my way back through the pack. I managed to catch up and make a few passes to finish in 9th. It was a bit disappointing but it was good to get the points. I am 6th overall now but only 8 points from the top three.”

Racing for the event was later brought to a close, with round three cut from the program.

Team Manager Glenn Macdonald was proud of Jay’s results given the circumstances “I know that Jay is a really tough racer and for him to get up after his crash in race two in the Lites showed real guts.

“Jay also displayed real maturity despite the hiccup faced on his 85. He kept focused and rode smart on Dylan’s bike to keep in the points chase.

“I know from experience, jumping on unfamiliar bike set-up on a gnarly track can make you come undone. Jay kept it on two wheels and will be there to battle it out at the next round.

“I would also like to thank Dylan for being such a good sport and allowing Jay race his MACA Coaching supported KTM85SX.”

Jay now head’s off to join his teammates Sam Duncanson and Dylan Long at the Australian Institute of Sport to undertake the final selection phase for a spot on the Australian World Junior Championship Team.

Stay tuned to www.gmr-motorexktm.com.au for race results and team updates.