Ryan Lancaster on Yamaha ATV for 2008
Yamaha Motor Australia is pleased to announce the full factory support of emerging ATV racing talent Ryan Lancaster
Yamaha Motor Australia is pleased to announce the full factory support of emerging ATV racing talent Ryan Lancaster as he continues to blaze trails towards a successful career in the rapidly-expanding sport.
At just 20 years of age, Lancaster is proving that youthful exuberance and enthusiasm can triumph over experience. 2007 was a standout year for the Tom Price local, and one in which he would shoot to the top of the sport after a string of victories.
He had spent the previous year learning various tracks and coming to grips with his new Yamaha YFZ 450 after racing previously on a Yamaha Warrior. Incredibly, he only had his first taste of racing an ATV at age 17, but instantly developed a passion for the sport.
Top five finishes soon turned into podiums for Lancaster, who was further refining his racecraft in various state-based series. A shoulder injury, which prevented him from contesting the nationals event in 2006 unfortunately flared up again while competing in Western Australia. He battled on in spite of this, and continued to make regular appearances on the top step of the podium.
His clean-sweep of race wins and an overall victory at the 2007 Victorian ATV titles signalled the start of something big. Charging head-first into the 2007 Nationals, it appeared that nothing could stop Lancaster, until a freak accident in the opening race threatened to unravel his campaign.
Instead of slowing him down, the DNF forced him to fight even harder, and the end result was amazing. He swept the remaining 4 races to finish just a few points shy of the national title.
“I’m very excited and honoured to be racing for Yamaha Australia for the 2008 race season. I believe with Yamaha’s close support and my feedback, it will make 2008 a great year for Yamaha Australia’s ATV program,” said Lancaster.
”My goal is to develop a good working relationship with Yamaha, to ensure we can get the best out of the 2008 YFZ 450 and win championships, to further grow the profile of ATV racing in Australia.”
“In the future I would love to race overseas, to experience the level of competition and continue to develop my skills.”
”I’m very excited to be racing with the 2008 YFZ 450 model. It is lightning fast and definitely a contender straight out of the box.”
”In 2008 I’ll be competing in all 6 Western Australia state championship rounds as well as the 5 North West championship rounds and of course the ATV Nationals where I hope to take home the crown.”