Motocross

Cosford Joins Larwood and Cannon At Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team

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Photo of Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team motocross and supercross rider Jayce Cosford
New recruit Jayce Cosford completed the 2022 ProMX championship in impressive fashion with several podium results.

Jayce Cosford will be drafted into the Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team for 2023 which also sees the return of Alex Larwood and Charli Cannon making a youthful and enthusiastic team.

Cosford, who joined the team for the 2022 Australian Supercross Championships cemented his spot for 2023 with his ‘never say die’ attitude and impressive work ethic. The Queensland based racer finished the ProMX championship in impressive fashion with several podium results and showed plenty of speed in supercross, despite having little experience.

He now gets the opportunity to race with the team full time in 2023 and continue his climb up the MX2 ladder. With team support behind him, Cosford can now focus more energy on his training and preparation and believes working with the Yamalube Yamaha team is just what he needs to elevate his results for 2023.

Photo of Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team motocross and supercross rider Jayce Cosford
Cosford also showed plenty of speed in supercross, despite having little experience.

“Working with Yamalube Yamaha team during supercross has been awesome and I still feel I have so much to learn,” Cosford explained. “Every time I was on the track, I learned something and the guys were able to point out so many things I didn’t know or couldn’t see myself.

“It also gave me a chance to see how things work in a team and I can see the effort and dedication that everyone goes to for their results. Signing on to a team is the next step in my career, but it certainly isn’t the last step as I have worked so hard to get here. I’m not going to give anything less than everything I have to keep improving as a rider and repay the faith the guys have in me,” Cosford said.

Photo of Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team motocross and supercross rider Alex Larwood
Alex Larwood’s 2022 season was hampered by injury but will be a threat in 2023 if at full fitness.

Returning to the team for 2023 is the forgotten man of the MX2 class, Alex Larwood. Larwood dropped out of this 2022 ProMX championship after round four where he required shoulder surgery from a previous injury. Up until that point, Larwood was second in the championship and a real threat to eventual champion, Wilson Todd.

Larwood had a shoulder reconstruction and sat out the supercross season to ensure his body was right and he was good to go. Now back to full health and back on the bike preparing for the 2023 season, Larwood is desperate to get back to racing and regain the speed and fitness it takes to win at a national level.

“It’s been a long six months watching the ProMX and ASX, but it’s awesome to be back riding again and working towards the first round in March. I have a lot of work to do to be ready for round one, but the team has a plan and we will all work together to make sure we have everything in place for a good season.

“Up until my shoulder injury, the team and I were in a good place and they have shown plenty of belief in me so when it came to deciding what to do for 2023, it was an easy decision to make and I signed up straight away.

“The break has only motivated me to get back to racing and do what I love,” Larwood said.

Photo of Australian Womens Motocross rider Charli Cannon
Charli Cannon will be back to defend her 2022 WMX championship in 2023.

And possibly the busiest rider for the 2023 with be Charli Cannon. Bursting onto the scene in 2022, Cannon went undefeated in the ProMX Women’s Championship and also impressed with a guest ride at the season ending FIM Motocross GP in Turkey.

Her efforts have been rewarded with a ride with JK Racing Yamaha for the five round Women’s World Championship in 2023 but she will be based in Australia and will be out to retain her ProMX crown for another season as well.

It will make for a busy schedule and plenty of frequent flyer miles, but Cannon is up for the challenge of racing all over the world and chasing both a national and world championship in 2023.

“2022 has been an amazing year for me and 2023 is shaping up to be even better,” Canon reflected, “I can’t thank the Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team enough for taking me on last year and assisting me to become a better rider and opening so many doors of opportunity for me.

“I will have a lot on my plate with racing in Australia as well as the world rounds, but I love racing and can’t wait for the season to start. I will also work with Yamaha Australia in promoting women in racing and trying to encourage more women to enjoy riding and if they are comfortable, try racing.

“It’s awesome that a company like Yamaha and Yamaha Financial Services have invested in me and I hope that I can make a difference and introduce women to riding motorcycles of any kind. I have been part of the YZ450F launch as well as the YZ65 Cup at Newcastle and that is just the beginning with my role with Yamaha off the track.”

Photo of Australian Champion Motocross rider Charli Cannon at the 2022 MXGP of Turkey
Charlie Cannon will also return to the World stage for a full crack at the 2023 FIM WMX Women’s Championship.

Yamalube Yamaha Team Manager, Mike Ward, anticipates a good season ahead and believes all three riders are capable of achieving some great results in 2023.

“Alex, Jayce and Charli are a young, energetic and motivated team of riders who aren’t afraid to put in the hard work to get the best out of themselves,” Ward states. “Both Alex and Charli have already proven they are national championship contenders and I think with another year of experience, they will only be better for 2023.

“Alex has missed a lot of racing with Covid and injury, but he has been annoying us for weeks to get him a bike, so I know just how desperate he is to be back racing again.

“Charli is a machine and 2022 is just the beginning for her as she works as hard and is a dedicated as any rider I have seen.

“For Jayce, I was attracted to his fight on and off the track as a privateer and how much he dedicated himself to racing. Now with a team around him, we can lessen the burden between balancing work with riding and training and think he can continue to improve and be a podium contender in the MX2 class.

“March 5 will come around in a hurry, so we are already in full swing for the 2023 season to begin,” Ward concluded.

Photo of Charli Cannon Claims after claiming the 2022 Australian Womens Motocross Title
Charli Cannon will be looking to go number 1 again in 2023.

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