After having her bikes stolen earlier this year, it could be assumed Rachael Archer would be very happy to receive some good news. It came in the form of a signing with the High-profile American AmPro Yamaha Race Team in the U.S.A.

“I raced a couple of GNCC events over there last year, then riding a 125cc bike, finishing seventh in the women’s grade at round one. I was running second at round two, but lost time refuelling my small fuel tank and ended up finishing the race fourth. “I think I settled in pretty quickly and got up to speed pretty quickly too. I’ll be on a 250cc bike now and I’m going faster now than I was then too, so the results might be even better,” commented Archer.

Te Awamutu’s Rachael Archer unstoppable on the Kiwi cross-country scene.
Photo by Andy McGechan, 

Rachael has signed on to ride a Yamaha YZ250FX in the States later this year and for the rest of 2019 after a recommendation by New Zealand’s own Paul Whibley who also raced for the American AmPro Yamaha Race Team.

Paul was also New Zealand cross-country champion for Yamaha in 2015. “I am pretty excited to see Randy (Hawkins) come on board with some support for Rachael,” said Whibley. “I’m thrilled to see her have her foot in the door in the US, but it’s icing on the cake that she’s now with Yamaha too. “She needs to go over for a couple of events this year, just to learn a few more of the US tracks, but also to learn how the new team operates. “She will be extremely competitive over there. She showed that during her first trip there last year. “She is one of the youngest competitors in the class, but she has the work ethic and drive and I know she can be a champion.”

Archer is supported by Yamaha Motor New Zealand, Paul Whibley Racing (PWR) Yamaha, Blackwood Yamaha, MotoSR suspension, Fox New Zealand,, Workshop Graphics, Dr Trim and Tekmo carbon fibre.

We wish Rachael all the best and know she can achieve great results with the right support!

Photo courtesy of Andy McGechan.