AUSTRALIA. The Active8 Yamalube Yamaha crew is ramping up operations coming off the back of a recent and successful campaign at the 2016 Australian Four Days Enduro, announcing an exciting reshuffle of next year’s playing deck to contest 2017 dirt competition.
The news came out of the Active8 Yamalube Yamaha camp this morning as ex-Australian enduro champ, now team manager and mentor, AJ Roberts shared his view on the exciting line-up that will consist of Beau Ralston in E3 class, Josh Green for E2 and 18-year-old Wil Ruprecht duking it out in E1. “Working with young, determined riders is always exciting and I look forward to working not only with Wil, but continuing with Beau and Josh and chasing some championship success together” said Roberts.
In a move of calculated risk and one-eyed determination, the Active8 crew has equipped themselves with new weapons to assault tracks and competition with in 2017, being a YZ300X, YZ250FX and WR450F, along with enlisting the services of young gun, Wil Ruprecht, who has been picked up, placed on the 250 and thrown in the deep end of Australian Off-Road Championship racing.
AJ Roberts explained the new acquisition; “I kept my eye on Wil throughout the year and was really pleased how he progressed. He is a young kid with great style and understanding of Off-Road and he fits in perfectly with Yamaha’s Step Up program as a rider we can develop in the future. He will represent the team in the E1 class and come up against some well-established names, but we believe he has what it takes and placing him in a good environment with good people will benefit his racing”, the team manager surmised.
Excited about his new bike, Beau Ralston shared that; “Before I switched over to Off-Road, the last few season of motocross I raced, were on a YZ250 two stroke so when AJ threw the idea of racing one again, I was all over it. From the moment I did my first loop, I felt comfortable and the lightness of the bike is going to be a huge advantage in the bush. The YZ250 is an awesome bike and with the extra power that the big bore gives it makes it a ton of fun to ride” He finished.
Top Off-Road contender and larrikin, Josh Green, will again be throwing his weight around the circuits astride his highly competitive 450 in 2017, after injury sidelined him for the majority of the 2016 race season. Green said; “I hated not being out there (racing) Watching has given me some more appreciation of how cool my job is and that racing dirt bike is just dam good fun! Because I didn’t race a lot in 2016 I don’t need an off season so since the A4DE, I have continued to ride and train so that I will be primed for next year. It’s time I start winning a few more things!”
With AJ at the helm and if 2016 was anything to go by, 2017 should be a very interesting, busy and highly competitive season for the Active8 Yamalube Yamaha team in the Australian Four Days Enduro and the Australian Off-Road Championship.