Popular Queenslander to pilot privateer Honda CRF450R in racing comeback.
Dual SX2 champion Jackson Richardson is plotting a return to racing in the upcoming Australian Supercross Championship as part of a privateer effort, where he intends to step up the premier class full-time.
Following an injury riddled 2018 season, the popular Queenslander elected not to pursue this year’s Pirelli MX Nationals after being left without a ride, however he’ll equip himself with a Honda CRF450R for the five-round supercross series in a self-funded and operated campaign.
Richardson, who toured the AMA pro circuit before returning home to Australia in 2016 and becoming a two-time supercross champion, is yet to publicly disclose his partners, although he’s confident his own program will prove beneficial in his rookie SX1 season.
“I’ve had this planned for majority of the year, I’ve just been putting my own deal together with my own sponsors, and I’ll be giving the 450 supercross championship a good crack,” Richardson explained to MotoOnline.com.au. “I’ll still be on a Honda, but it will be privateer effort.
“I really wanted to go the route of putting my own deal together to use the equipment that I like to use, and get the people involved that have been good to me over the years. It’s been good so far – I can’t really say too much about who I’ve got involved yet, I’m just waiting to get all that sorted.
“I’ve got a good group of people on board, so I’m looking forward to the season. I’m chomping at the bit for it and I’m keen to get back behind the gate.”
Richardson made a one-off appearance aboard a 450 in 2018 at New Zealand’s Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland, where he finished seventh overall.