Passion drives Jay’s success
It’s been a long road to the top for this teenage motocross trailblazer and his family, writesMARKHINCHLIFFE
TWEED Coast 15-year-old Jay Wilson is our newest world champion. He became Australia’s first world champion motocrosser when he captured the 85cc title at the Junior Motocross World Championship in Taupo, New Zealand, at the weekend.
His win helped Australia claim the Nations Trophy.
‘‘It’s amazing. I don’t know if this is real or not,’’ Wilson said after the win. ‘‘I’m just speechless at the moment. I never thought I’d be here right now.’’
Wilson’s win is as much a family effort as a personal victory.
His father, Peter, says the family moved from Glenn Innes to Banora Point so Jay and his brother, Dylan, 13, could be close to the competitive southeast Queensland motocross circuit.
The whole family, including sister Charli, 10, and mother Lexie, were in New Zealand to see Jay win the championship.
‘‘We have to take the sport fair dinkum,’’ his father says.
‘‘His education is still important but he does miss a fair bit of school. Jay is a good kid and gets on well with his teachers, but they understand the path we are riding down.’’
Wilson has been riding and racing since he was four.
‘‘He’s a veteran of the sport now,’’ his father says. ‘‘He has a hunger to win. He doesn’t go out to run second or third.’’
The Banora Point high school student says he looks up to Australia’s top-earning motorsport identity Chad Reed, even though he beat the two-time world and US supercross champ to a world motocross title.
‘‘I’ve met him but had not a full-on conversation with him; only to get a signature. But I’ll be racing in his SuperX series later this year,’’ Jay says. The juniors will race in SuperX events in Geelong, Canberra and Sydney.
‘‘Hopefully one day I’ll go to America and race full time and make a living,’’ he says.
Meanwhile, the young rider, who is signed to the KTM factory team for this year, has plenty of work to do.
‘‘I do training a fair bit,’’ he says. ‘‘I go to school every day but in the afternoon and morning I do gym work, riding and cycling.’’
His fitness has served him well and he has only broken a wrist in 11 years of racing.
‘‘My mum gets a bit stressed every now and then,’’ he says.
Number one: Jay Wilson is our first world motocross champion.