AAustralia’s Jay Wilson has won the 2022 IA2 (250cc) Japanese Motocross Championship after winning round five of the series this weekend and taking an unattainable lead in the points race.
Since landing in Japan earlier this year, Wilson has been an unstoppable force in the Japanese Motocross Championships, claiming every race and heat win so far and now after fifth and eleven consecutive race wins, Wilson was crowned the 2022 champion with rounds to spare.
Kyushu, Japan hosted Round 5 of the Championship this weekend and it was a happy and familiar hunting ground for the Australian. Wilson won the opening round of the year in wet Kyushu conditions, but the track was in perfect condition for round five and he was able to take both race wins again that day and as a result , earning enough points for an insurmountable lead in the championship.
“I am very honored to win, not only today, but also the 2022 Japanese Motocross Championship for Yamaha. is as much for them as it is for me,” a relieved Wilson said.
“It was a huge family decision we made towards the end of last year to leave Australia and start a new chapter in our lives, but it couldn’t have gone better. We love our time here and working with Yamaha both racing and testing is my dream job come true.
“Thank you to everyone at Yamaha Factory Racing and the people who support us. It’s a team effort so everyone feels part of this success and it was so good to see so many people here for celebrate this victory with me.
With two rounds to go, the championship pressure is now off for Wilson, but he will keep pushing forward as the motivation for a perfect season drives him and the Yamaha Factory team.
“I don’t know if it’s been done before here in Japan, but anyway, for me and for the team, I would like to go through the year and win all the races in the championship. It would be a big success for me and for the Yamaha team, that’s why we will continue to work hard and see if we can achieve it.
Kanto on October 30 and Sugo on November 12 are the last two rounds of the Japanese championship.