Former SX2 champion Jay Wilson will pilot the same Yamalube Yamaha Racing YZ250F that he used in the Australian Supercross Championship for his upcoming campaign in America after Yamaha Motor Australia allowed him to air-freight both of his race bikes from the 2019 season.
Wilson, who recently extended his contract with Yamalube Yamaha Racing for a third-straight year in 2020, will race the opening five rounds of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship in the 250SX West category.
The Queenslander will also have long-time mechanic Mike Ward and mentor Josh Coppins assisting him for the rare opportunity, with his family also set to join him for the entire duration of the two-month stint.
“Yamaha has been good to us and allowed us to take our two race bikes from Australia – we crated them up and sent them over [via] air-freight,” Wilson explained to MotoOnline.com.au. “Our bikes arrived today in the States, so it’s cool they’ll be there when we get there. I’m just excited to get there, get into and start riding.
“I’ve had a pretty good program going here – the track isn’t too far away – but it’s been unbelievably dry in Australia and our dams have dried up, so it’s time to get over there, start riding their tracks, get familiar with the area and get comfortable with the family.”
Anaheim’s opening round of the 2020 AMA Supercross series is scheduled for 4 January at Angel Stadium. Wilson will be joined by fellow Australian supercross regulars Luke Clout (Penrite Honda Racing), Aaron Tanti (Serco Yamaha) and Joel Wightman (Honda) at the opening rounds.