Team Suzuki Press Office – October 17.

Raceline Pirelli Suzuki’s Jay Wilson took home a podium position in the Under 19s category during Dubbo’s opening round of the Australian Supercross Championships at Morris Park Speedway in New South Wales on Saturday.

The 18-year-old finished third in the 12-lap Under 19s Main Event aboard the fuel-injected RM-Z250, forming a steady platform to work from as the four-round season progresses.

Said Wilson: “I was just trying to get through the first round, but just have to work on my starts. I definitely feel as though I have the speed and the RM-Z250 is perfect, so I’ll just try to improve my starts and hopefully we can run up front for the next three rounds.”

New Zealand rookie Scott Columb put forward a strong Australian Supercross debut in the SX-Lites category, claiming a promising eighth position overall in the 15-lap Main Event. It was a standout performance for Columb, who joined the team midway through this year’s MX Nationals series.

Said Columb: “I was awfully nervous at that round, had heard a lot about Australian Supercross before, but the team sent me over to America to the Millsaps Training Facility and that helped a lot. I qualified third in my heat, got into a rhythm and in the Main Event I was able to finish eighth despite stalling my engine. All things considered, eighth is a reasonable result.”

Raceline Pirelli Suzuki’s current Under 19s champion Errol Willis had a night to forget in his maiden SX-Lites outing, battling his way through the heat race before ultimately finishing the Main Event in 15th place. Despite the disappointment, Willis remains upbeat ahead of the final three rounds.

“We came into the first round with good settings on the RM-Z250 and had good speed,” said 19-year-old Willis. “It was a difficult night though, we weren’t able to get the results we’re capable of, so I’ll keep working hard to make sure I improve for the final three rounds.”

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