The Yamaha MXstore Ballard’s Off-road Team (YMBOT) is raring to go for the 2021 off-road  season. The team will be attending all major off-road events across Australia; this will cover  events such as the Australian Off-road Championships, NSW state off-road Championships  and the Hattah Desert race. YMBOT will also be seen at selected motocross events, such as  the east coast MX series and King of Mx series. 

The team will be continuing strong with Jess Gardiner flying the flag in the women’s  category, on board her Yamaha WR250F, to continue her winning streak. The Flying  Frenchman, Jeremy Carpentier, will contend the Pro E2 class on board the all-new Yamaha  WR450F. Junior girl’s star, Danielle McDonald, will be back to defend her title, whilst stepping  up onto a YZ125cc this year. 

The YMBOT has locked in all sponsors to a similar program to last year, with minimal  changes; Jess Gardiner (team manager) continuing to build a solid relationship with loyal  sponsors, who have supported the YMBOT program for many years and through the  duration of the global pandemic, which she cannot be more appreciative of! 

Team manager, Jess Gardiner explained, “I am really excited to get back into the racing with  the entire YMBOT and our riders. The 2020 season started off with a bang last year before we  had to stop due to the global pandemic. We are keen and eager to go racing again in the  sport we love so much!” 

“I personally have missed the adrenaline and thrill that racing a motorcycle brings. During this long time off I have achieved many personal goals, such as my Cert 4 in personal  training and Jeremy and I bought our first home together. With so much time away from  racing it has really given me a new drive and motivation for the 2021 season. I’ve ridden my  bike a lot in the lead up to this opening round and I couldn’t be more excited to get back at it”.

Representing the YMBOT team for the fourth consecutive year, Jeremy Carpentier is pumped  to be back and ready to contend for the E2 podium position. Jeremy said, “ I really like the all  new WR450F, there have been a lot of changes and I am looking forward to putting it to  good use in the Off-road season this year. I am looking forward to catching up with the race  family and fighting down to milliseconds at the end of each race lap. We train day in and day  out for this, so it’s great to line up this weekend!”

The youngest competitor of the team, Danielle McDonald, at just 13 years old is ready to do  battle in the Junior Girls class. Danielle will be stepping up from the YZ85LW that she  dominated on last year to the YZ125cc this year. Danielle expressed, “I’m really looking  forward to another year learning with Jess and Jeremy and being a part of the YMBOT  program. I have spent a lot of time on my YZ125cc since racing stopped and I love it! I can’t  wait to race all the Junior girls again!”

If you would like to see the team in action, the opening rounds of the Australian Off-road  Championship are this weekend (17/18th April), at Golden Beach, Victoria. 

To keep up to date of the team throughout the year, press releases will be published  on, along with the busy race calendar.  

Find the team on social media: 

Keep up to date with the athletes via their social media pages for live training and race news. 

Jessica Gardiner, 

FB/ Instagram: @missjessgardiner 

Jeremy Carpentier, 

FB/ Instagram: @jeremycarpentier44 

The Yamaha MXstore Ballard’s Off-road Team would like to thank all their sponsors listed  below and look forward to another successful year together.