Whibley Joins AmPro Yamaha

Kit Palmer | January 19, 2010

Paul Whibley, perhaps the hottest off-road racer in America at the moment, has finally secured a ride for the 2010 season. Last year, the New Zealand-native won both the Off-Road Motorcycle and ATV National (OMA) and Grand National Cross Country Championships (GNCC) riding a GEICO Motorsports-backed Kawasaki, but he will ride for a new team this year.

The 31-year-old Whibley has joined the Randy Hawkins-run AmPro Yamaha Team and will ride a WR450F. He’ll be racing alongside teammates Barry Hawk and Thad DuVall in the 2010 GNCC series.

“We are very excited to have Paul join the team,” Hawkins said. “Paul will increase the winning depth of our team and compliment the overall efforts of both Barry Hawk and Thad Duvall.”

Whibley first competed in the GNCC series in 2006 aboard a Scott Summers-backed Honda then was hired by Suzuki before switching to Kawasaki last year, when he won every round of the OMA series and six rounds of the GNCC series.

Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.