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Jay Wilson Makes Perfect Start To 2023 Japanese Motocross Championship

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Photo of motocross rider Jay Wilson at the 2023 Japanese Motocross Championship
Jay Wilson took his YZ450F to a perfect three wins from three starts to kick off his campaign in stunning fashion.

Jay Wilson made his debut in the IA1 (450cc) class a memorable one at the opening round of the 2023 Japanese Motocross Championship taking his YZ450F to a perfect three wins from three starts to kick off his campaign in stunning fashion.

Wilson, the 2022 250cc Japanese Champion, made the move to the 450 class for 2023 with the newly formed Yamaha Factory Innovation Team and has adapted well to the new YZ450F. Despite a mishap in the early free practice session, Wilson went on to win his qualifying race and then pieced together three impressive motos to take the round one victory.

It’s the perfect start for Wilson and his team and with plenty of rounds to come, he expects the competition to step up in the coming rounds.

“The weekend went well and to be honest, I’m a little surprised by the results,” Wilson said. “Throughout the pre-season and in testing, my Yamaha teammates have shown they have plenty of speed and often been faster than me so to dominate the opening round wasn’t expected.

“The first two races I was able to pull a couple of holeshots and put in a sprint to get a gap that I could maintain to the end, but the last one my start wasn’t great and I had to hustle early to get to the front.

“Thanks to everyone at Yamaha and its awesome to see the YZ450F in such a strong position so many championships around the world.”

Photo of motocross rider Jay Wilson at the 2023 Japanese Motocross Championship
Jay Wilson in a familiar spot, on top of the podium.

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