Wilson Todd, on the Serco Yamaha YZ250F, signaled his presence in the MX2 division with an impressive second moto victory in his debut for the Serco Yamaha team at round one of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals, held at Horsham in Victoria over the weekend.
Todd, the 2015 MXD champion, moved to the MX2 class for 2016 and instantly showed he will be a threat in the championship hunt on an action packed day at the opening round.
But it wasn‰Ûªt all smooth sailing for Todd who overcame a big fall in moto one to rebound for the victory in race two. In the opening stages of race one, Todd was inside the top 10 and trying to move forward when a rider in front of him made a mistake causing the 17year old to hit the deck. In a double whammy for the Serco Yamaha team, team mate Wade Hunter was also an innocent victim in this multi-rider pile up.
Todd was able to scramble back to his battered bike and get going as the 40 rider field raced away. Wilson went to work and clawed his way back to a very respectable eighth place finish by race end.
Moto two and Todd was on a mission. Circulating in fifth place, Todd kicked another gear and started to move forward. He moved into second by lap seven and then hit the front on lap eight. With all sorts of pressure, Todd remained composed and took the race win by 2.6 seconds in an impressive display.
‰ÛÏLike most riders at the first round, you just want to get through with no real drama and get some good points on the board so I‰Ûªm happy I was able to do that. The first race was tough because that crash bent my bike up pretty good and it took me a while to adjust but I thought I finished the race strong so I was confident for race two as long as I got a good start.
‰ÛÏRace two was just good fun and most of the guys up front were the same guys I raced in juniors so we all knew how each other rode. I was able to get passed them pretty quickly and it was an awesome feeling to get a race win for Serco Yamaha at the opening round.
‰ÛÏThank you to Serco and all our team sponsors and hopefully there are a few more race wins to come,‰Û