The Yamalube Yamaha Racing team has expanded for the 2021 motocross and supercross season as Rhys Budd joins the fold and will ride alongside Jay Wilson and Levi Rogers, contesting the MX2 championships.Budd, the talented and hard-working Sydney based rider, who campaigned on a Yamaha during the 2020 season, captured the eyes of Yamalube Yamaha Team with his dedication and work ethic and will now get his chance at a team ride on the big stage in 2021.
“I have watched Rhys closely over the past 12-18 months and I admire how he goes about his racing,” states Mike Ward from the Yamalube Yamaha Team. “He puts in both on and off the bike and has shown good skills at motocross and supercross and he is a welcome addition to our team.
“We look forward to working closely with Rhys and assisting him to the next level in his career and take some of the financial pressure off him and his family so he can dedicate himself 100% to racing.”
Rhys had his first hit out with the team at the Coffs Harbour Stadium Motocross event and finished on the podium in the MX2 class but will now get to work as his focus shifts to the up coming Pro MX Championship starting in April.
“It was awesome to get the offer to race with the Yamalube Yamaha Team for the 2021 season and I will be doing everything I can to reward them for this opportunity,” Budd begins. “I have seen how the team operates and even last year when I was in need of assistance at an event, they stepped up and helped out, so I know I’m in good hands.
“It will also enable me to dedicate more time to riding and training and I’m more motivated then ever to make this season my best yet. I look forward to riding as often as I can with Jay and Levi and working together to make us all fitter and faster.
“I can’t wait to get stuck into a big preseason with the team and lean on them to help bring out the best in me,” Budd ends.
Wilson, Rogers and Budd will attended some local races in Queensland and New South Wales before the start of the eight round ProMX championship starting in April.
Rhys Budd Fast Facts
Name: Rhys Budd
Lives: Minchinbury, NSW
Team: Yamalube Yamaha Racing
Bikes: Yamaha YZ250FM
Career Highlights: 2 time member of Team Australia at world junior champs, 3rd 2019 MXD
Hobbies: Running, cycling, MTB, gaming
2021 Goals: Being consistent at every event battling for podiums and race wins.