Geartec Yamaha’s Ashley Wilde will make his return to racing this weekend at Preston Docks MX for round seven of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship.

When Ashley finally lines up at the MX1 start gate this Sunday in Preston, Lancashire, it will be almost four months to the day since he was involved in a first turn pile up with series leader, Tommy Searle, at Canada Heights.

The initial diagnosis of a dislocated shoulder turned into something considerably more when Ashley went for an MRI scan to determine what other damage had been done. The 25-year-old was informed that the injuries were worse than first feared and he underwent surgery.


“I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the start gate this weekend at Preston Docks,” Ashley said, speaking to Dirt Bike Rider. “It’s been a long road back to this point and I couldn’t be happier for my return.

“I have been back on the bike just over three weeks now and things are going well. Another week of preparation would have been ideal, but oh well! I think I will lack a bit of bike fitness this weekend but we will see. I have done well there in the past and it’s my local race so it makes sense to get back in the mix this weekend.”

It’s welcome news for the Geartec Yamaha crew following the injuries team-mate Elliott Banks-Browne sustained last weekend at Wakes Colne.