In a time and a sport where loyalty is sometimes hard to find, 19- year old Wilson Todd, racks up his 10th consecutive year racing for Yamaha Motor Australia after recently signing on with the Serco Yamaha team for the 2018 season.
Unearthed way back in 2008 as a fresh-faced, nine-year-old in Far North Queensland, the quietly spoken Todd has gone on to become one of the established stars in Australian motocross and supercross and continues to improve every year.
Originally selected for the Queensland Yamaha Junior Racing Team before progressing through Yamaha supported teams in MXD and MX2, Todd is living proof of the Yamaha step up a program and how it rewards the rider in staying with the one brand as they develop throughout their careers.
“10 years have gone pretty fast but I’m still excited to be with Yamaha Australia and they continue to support me with energy and enthusiasm in my racing,” Todd explains.
“From the first couple of years racing around on a small wheel YZ85, then to a YZ125 and now a YZ250F, its been a great relationship and I can’t thank Ray Howard and everyone at Yamaha and the teams I have raced for enough.
“The structure of their teams has allowed me to move up through the ranks with great support and it has been pretty cool to keep working with the same people each year as they know what I like and continue to give me what I need for success.
“I also still feel there is a long way to go and I would love to ride for CDR Yamaha when I make the move to the 450cc class. CDR Yamaha are the best in Australia so to get there and continue my relationship with Yamaha in the future would be awesome,” Todd ends.
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The 10-year relationship that Wilson has with Yamaha Motor Australia isn’t lost on Motorsport Manager, Ray Howard, who has been a big behind the scenes supporter of Todd and his development as a racer.
“10 years on the one brand is a good inning for anyone in racing and Wilson has been a great asset to Yamaha with his racing results and his calm demeanour. With each passing year, Wilson matures both on and off the track and he is just entering the prime of his racing career so we look forward to what he can produce in the coming season,” Howard said.