The Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team of Jay Wilson and Richie Evans were entrenched in battle at rounds four and five of the MX Nationals with both riders posting impressive results and making their presence felt.
It was a massive weekend of racing at Murray Bridge, where the popular circuit hosted rounds four and five of the MX Nationals and it was always going to be an important round in the championship with so many points on offer on the one weekend.
Jay Wilson has been through a horror month with his health after having finger surgery, then suffering from a virus in the lead up to Murray Bridge limiting his bike time, but you wouldn‰Ûªt know it watching him race.
Wilson posted fast lap times right from the get go and showed he was ready for the fight. On Saturday the MX2 class faced the sprint format of two shorter back to back motos in the morning session and then one longer 20 minute race to finish the day. Not only did he prove fast, but also consistent as he finished with 2-2 results in the sprints and engaged in a tight battle with Kyle Webster. He backed that up with a third place in the long moto to claim second on the day and mount the podium for the second third time in four rounds.
Feeling a little fatigued on Sunday morning, he still musted the energy to post P1 in qualifying and keep his momentum rolling. He faced a more traditional racing format on Sunday with a 30 minute race to start the day and a 20 minute leg to conclude round five.
He charged to third place in race one but a poor start in race two put an end to his podium streak for the weekend. He was outside the top 10 and was able to move into the top six with a lap to go but crossed the line a tired and frustrated seventh place. His 3-7 results gave him fourth for the day and he now sits third in the MX2 championship, just 25 points away from the championship lead.
‰ÛÏIt was a bit of a frustrating way to end the weekend but overall it has been a positive one for me and maybe more than I was expecting considering how I was feeling earlier in the week. I was a bit off balance on that last start and had to double clutch it which resulted in a poor start. I did all I could to get back as many positions as I could but it is a hard track to pass on and I was able to generate the speed that I was doing on the earlier motos.
‰ÛÏStill, we are in good shape for the championship and I was able to get out of here, which has been a bit of a hoo-doo track for me in previous years, healthy and gain a few points on Wilson Todd in the championship.
‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm going to take a week off and let my body recover before I get stuck into my training for a big back half of the year where a lot of the rounds are back in my area on tracks I really like,‰Û