4 days ago | Words: Andy Wigan | Photos: Yamaha Motor Australia

This week, Yamaha announced that former GASGAS Racing Team rider, Aaron Tanti, will join reigning ProMX Champion, Luke Clout, for the 2022 season on the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team and contest both national motocross and supercross championships. Here’s the full PR about the news…

The signing of the 25-year-old Aaron Tanti is an exciting addition to the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team as he has proven himself to be a tough, reliable and determined competitor who is equally skilled in both motocross and supercross.

He appeared on the radar of Craig Dack, owner of CDR Yamaha, over the last two seasons as he continued his climb up the ladder based on hard work and a ‘never say die’ attitude on the track. Tanti showed he is more than capable of mixing it with the big guns of Australian motocross and also has US supercross experience. And with the extra guidance and support that now surrounds him, Tanti is determined to be a front-runner come the 2022 season.

“Every year, I set a goal to improve my position – not just on the track, but also off it – so I give myself every opportunity at success,” Tanti begins. “Signing with CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team for 2022 means I now have the best team around me with the best people and best bike in the YZ450F, so my goals are then elevated to match that on the track. It’s always been a long-term goal of mine to ride for the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team, but now that has become a reality, the real work has only just begun. The team leaves no stone unturned with the bike, so it’s now up to me to ensure I do the same with my training and preparation, and I’m all in for 2022.

“I can’t wait to get the year started and develop a relationship with Craig and everyone on the team. I already have a friendship with Luke and I’m sure we can work well together to elevate both of us and make 2022 a success for the team,” Tanti ends.

Luke Clout will remain with the team as he wants to build on the momentum started in 2021. Clout claimed the 2021 ProMX Championship, his first 450cc national success, and is aiming even higher in 2022 with the industry optimistic a full and regular season can be completed in 2022.

“Despite the Covid issues we all faced over the last two years, 2021 was good to me in that I was able to secure my first national 450cc championship. The goal at the start of the year was to win both ProMX and ASX championships and that won’t change for 2022. Great riders are successful at both and win motocross and supercross championships.

“We have great chemistry in the team and the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team has always had a winning culture. I plan on keeping that going in 2022 and the break in racing has only motivated me more,” Clout said.

The duo of Clout and Tanti sees the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team enter 2022 with two serious and legitimate contenders at every event they compete at. The pairing has Dack excited for what’s to come: “For 2022, we have two riders in the prime of their careers in terms of age and experience, two riders who are fit athletes and take their riding and training seriously, and two riders that are happy to do what it takes for success. We look forward to getting out teeth stuck into the coming season and all going well, 2022 will be a complete calendar and racing restored to normal.

“The team is excited with the rider line-up – as are our partners and sponsors – so now it’s full steam ahead and everyone focused on a successful 2022 season at the CDR Yamaha Monster Team,” Dack signs off.

Here’s a short video of Tanti’s first hit-out aboard the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy YZ450F.

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