Hayden Mellross will stay on the team for his second year and he will be joined by Luke Clout who returns to CDR Yamaha on a multi-year deal, after a season hiatus in the US.
Mellross, now based in Victoria to be closer to the teams base, gets his first real shot on the CDR Yamaha YZ450F in 2021 after the 2020 season was destroyed by Covid. But it wasn’t a waste of season in many ways as Mellross was able to get 100% comfortable on the CDR Yamaha YZ450F and the team had done all the pre-season testing prior to the shut-down of the season.
The 12 month familiarity with both the bike and the team has Mellross well placed heading into the 2021 season and with a clean bill of health, he is looking to secure that elusive professional championship in Australian motocross and supercross that has eluded him so far in his career.
“It’s great to continue on with the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team and build on a solid base that we formed in 2020. While we did next to no racing in 2020, I was able to recover from a pre-season injury and then use the time to personalise the bike and settings for me and I feel right at home on the YZ450F.
“We have the rebranded Australian Motocross Championship in the Pro MX which we hope will lift the profile of motocross, while the Australian Supercross Championship gets better each year and it seems everyone is passionate to get things back up to full power after the interrupted season we have had in 2020.
“Craig and the team have put everything in place and I’m at the stage of my career that I feel I can be at my best, so I’m looking forward to getting back on track with the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy team and chasing some championships with them,” Mellross ends.
The familiar number four will be back under the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team awning as Luke Clout returns to the fold after a season in the US. Clout had his best season to date in 2019 under the guidance of the CDR Yamaha team where he charged to a second place finish in both the Australian Motocross and Australian Supercross Championships but will be out for one better come 2021.
The 26 year old Sydneysider is happy to be back in Australia and enthusiastic to be racing again on home soil.
“The uncertainty in racing in the US, especially for international riders, meant I had to re-evaluate my career and what my goals were,” Clout begins. “Racing in the US has always been a goal and dream of mine, but the current climate makes that extremely difficult, so I looked back to Australia and wanted to be on the best team.
“That team is CDR Yamaha and it’s great to be back with the guys and on a bike that I really enjoy riding. The bike hasn’t changed a lot and I’m able to start from an already high base with all my data from the 2019 season.
“It has been a seamless move back into CDR Yamaha and one that was essential for me to help me achieve the new goals I have set for myself. I want to win and even better is the team wants to win just as bad as I do, so there’s no short cuts taken to championship success.
“It’s great to be back,” Clout signed off.
Team owner, Craig Dack, is excited about the squad he has assembled in 2021 and feels this season will be one to remember for the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team.
“We have been able to secure two mature, experienced and determined racers in the prime of their careers to represent the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team in 2021,” Dack states. “Equally exciting is both riders are equally skilled at motocross as well as supercross and as a team we no longer have to juggle specialist riders throughout a season which gives us great continuity in our program.
“After the challenges we all faced in 2020, we are looking towards 2021 positively and get back to doing what we passionate about, racing motocross and supercross,” he concludes.
The newly formed Pro MX championship gets under way in April 2021 but the team will contest a range of lead up events in preparation prior to the opening national rounds.
2021 Pro MX Calendar
Rd1 – 11 April – Wonthaggi, Vic
Rd2 – 2 May – Canberra, ACT
Rd3 – 30 May – Gillman, SA
Rd4 – 27 June – Maitland, NSW
Rd5 – 25 July – Wodonga, VIC
Rd6 – 9 August – QMP, QLD
Rd7&8 – 14/15 August – Coolum, QLD.