Yamaha Motor

[15.01.13]

Serco Yamaha Confirms Stryke and Clout for 2013

Yamaha's official factory MX2 race outfit is back with the same pairing from the 2012 Australian Supercross Championship and preparations have already begun for a busy and successful 2013 season.

"I feel we have a very fast and balanced team in 2013," states Serco owner, Gavin Eales. "Styke was impressive in 2012 both with his speed on the track and his maturity off the track and we are happy to continue our relationship with him. He is becoming a professional athlete in many ways and we still think he has plenty of tricks left up his sleeve.

"Clout is young, fast and aggressive with a lot of determination and they are the perfect characteristics we want in our riders. He loves racing and I think will be a huge asset to Serco Yamaha in 2013.

"It's only a few months to the start of the MX Nationals but both guys are already putting in the hard yards and the team has already started on the bikes.

"I look forward to another strong season from Serco Yamaha," Eales concludes.

Luke Styke made plenty of head way in 2012 with his spirited racing and gained a lot of respect in the racing world. He was agonisingly close to winning the MX2 division at the MX Nationals, represented Australia at the Motocross Of Nations and was running third at the Australian Supercross Championships before a broken wrist left him sidelined for the remainder of the season.

"When I got my injury, I had it fixed right away and then took some time off as I felt I needed a break. But, I'm now back up and into my training and riding and working hard to improve on my 2012 season," Styke offers.

"My wrist is coming along nicely and being back with a great team like Serco allows me to concentrate on my job with the priority being fit and fast for round one."

18 year old Luke Clout returned to Australia midway through 2012 after a two year stint in the US. He used his time wisely and found plenty of speed while in the US and his hard work has been rewarded with a factory Serco Yamaha contract for 2013.

"It's every racer's goal to get on a factory team and to be on a team as successful as Serco Yamaha is unreal. Their bikes are awesome and the support around us riders is the best. I know I have the best bikes and people around me and I'm determined to make the most of this opportunity with them."

The Serco Yamaha team will compete in selected pre- season events in the lead to the opening round of the MX Nationals at Raymond Terrace in April.

2013 MX Nationals
Rd 1 April 14th - Raymond Terrace (NSW)
Rd 2 April 28th - Murray Bridge (SA)
Rd 3 May 5th – Wonthaggi (VIC)
Rd 4 May 19th- Broadford (VIC)
Rd 5 June 2nd – Conondale (QLD)
Rd 6 July 14th – Appin (NSW )
Rd 7 July 28th - Hervey Bay (QLD)
Rd 8 Augusts 11th - Swan Hill (VIC)
Rd 9 August 25th - Toowoomba (QLD)
Rd 10 August 31st / September 1st – Coolum (QLD)

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For further information, please contact:

Gavin Eales: gavin@serco.com.au