Wilson Wins in Japan

Posted on April 03, 2024

Multiple Japanese champion Jay Wilson has started his Japanese 450cc Motocross Championship defence in perfect fashion with a dominant display at round one, held at the Tokyo Off Road Village last weekend.

“It was a great way to start the championship on a tricky track,” Wilson said. “The track was watered quite heavily and not ploughed deep, so it was fast with shallow ruts everywhere. My starts were good today and it’s important to get up the front early and set the tone not just for the day, but for the championship. Haruki put up a good fight in the last one and I had to work hard to get past him but overall I’m happy with how the weekend went and how the team worked through any issues we faced.”

The Aussie back on board his Yamaha Factory Innovation YZ450F won all three motos contested on Sunday and took home maximum points. The first two races were typical Wilson affairs, with a holeshot, building a comfortable gap over his rivals and then monitoring it all the way to the finish.

Race three proved a little more difficult as he filed into the first turn in second place, directly behind Haruki Yokohama. That name should be familiar to Australian race fans as he has spent the last two seasons racing locally but for 2024 split his time between Australis Japan.

Yokohama took the fight to Wilson and kept him at bay for ten minutes before Wilson muscled his way past. Then with just over a lap to go, he was able to draw level with Wilson as lappers made things difficult. But Wilson stayed strong and was able to keep his composure and held on for the win.