With Hart & Huntington/Insure My Ride's Dan McCoy departing the team at the end of the motocross season, the young racer announced he'd be riding with CDR Yamaha for the supercross season.
He tells us it's a SX only deal and, at this stage, there's no commitment to continue with CDR into 2013. "I talked with Craig at the Moree round about the possibility of a SX deal for the latter part of 2012," said McCoy. "At the time I was unsure of where my current team was heading after they said they wouldn't do the MX Nats in 2013. I'd began to talk to Suzuki about bikes and spares assistance when Craig put this deal to me. It was a no-brainer - CDR is the winning team and it was too easy for me to say yes to the contract. I'm not thinking about next year at the moment, all my focus and training is aimed at getting the best result in the SX championship."
If unable to secure a ride with CDR next year, there's a chance McCoy may find a position on Craig Anderson's Berry Sweet/Lucas Oil/Yamaha team for 2013, as they've also been in talks.
McCoy has been focusing on making a comfortable transition from the Suzuki to the Yamaha in time for supercross. "Today was my sixth day riding the Yamaha and it's been going really well," commented McCoy "I've found it very easy to adapt to the bike and I really like the geometry and balance of the 450. Next week I'll be doing some testing with the team for supercross, which will be really good."
CDR Yamaha Team Manager, Craig Dack, is delighted to have McCoy on board for the supercross season. "Although Lawson Bopping was contracted for both MX and SX championships, Josh Coppins was only ever available for the MX Nationals," explained Dack. "This meant that there was always the need for a second SX rider. After he rode for us back in 2004, I'm delighted to have Daniel back with CDR Yamaha. After finishing third in the 2011 SX championship, I've high hopes of him this year. At the moment he's on a SX-only deal, but a great run in the upcoming series will do his hopes to fill the seat, left vacant by Coppins' retirement from the sport, no harm at all."
As supercross is looming, we asked Dack, as an outspoken critic of the lateness and lack of information around the SX series, about the upcoming season.
"Honestly, the local netball team know who they're playing next month but we've only just got the actual details of the October's SX series through. It makes it so hard when seeking sponsorship and contracting riders to not have the full facts earlier than that. I have recently been in talks with Motorcycling Australia and it seems we now have an understanding of the lateness problem. I'm hopeful that we can turn things around in the future."
McCoy's ride for the 2012 Australian SX Championship.