Kyle Chisholm Signs With 51FIFTY Energy Yamaha
Here’s some surprising news late in the offseason. 51FIFTY Energy Yamaha has hired Kyle Chisholm to contest the 250 West Coast portion of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series, a deal that was announced with just over a month before the first gate drop at Anaheim One. Chisholm made a surprise return to the 250 class in 2017 with SmarTop/MotoConcepts/Honda (his eligibility was reinstated by the AMA after a written appeal was approved), qualified every main event in the regional series, and was ranked eighth overall in the final standings.
The news of Chisholm to the team comes shortly after the confirmation that Hayden Mellross will extend his term for another year with the California based team.
The press release is posted in full below…
The 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team proudly announces the signing of Kyle Chisholm for the 2018 racing season. Fresh off a top 10 overall finish in last year’s Supercross campaign, Kyle will line up for the 2018 West Coast 250 Supercross Series aboard a 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha YZ250F.
A veteran to the sport, Chisholm has earned respect throughout the industry with his consistency on the track and his professional demeanor off the track. With a number of seasons in the books, the Florida native brings plenty of experience and racing knowledge to the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity with 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team,” said Chisholm. “I’ve spent a bulk of my career on Yamaha’s, I’ve worked with many of the current team staff and the crew at Factory Yamaha in the past and I felt comfortable with YZ250F from the first test. I’ve seen 51FIFTY grow over the past few seasons and this year the goal, for the team and myself, is to be inside the Top 5. While the focus is on the 250 West, I’ll have the support of the team when the series hits the ‘East’ and I’ll race the YZ450F at selected rounds. I’m excited to be back on blue and ready to go racing with a team who supports me.”
“Kyle’s a class act and definitely brings a wealth of experience to our team,” remarked Team Manager Craig Monty. “Our paths have crossed before and he’s always been knowledgable with respect to bike testing/setup and just a fun guy to be around. His hard work and consistency have shown as Kyle has been a name in our sport over the past decade.”
Look out for the #11 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha YZ250F at the gate drop of the 2018 West Coast 250 Supercross Series in Anaheim, California. We look forward to seeing all of our dedicated sponsors and fans at the opening round of the new season #LiveTheMadness
Kyle would also like to thank his personal sponsors for their support during his next racing endeavor including Atlas Brace, EVS Sports, HJC Helmets, Ricky Fowler, Sidi Boots, and X Brand Goggles.