It was a spur of the moment decision to make the trip over to Coolum in Queensland and compete in the Motul MX Nationals, after a good friend of mine told me she was going and I should come. “It’ll be an awesome challenge" she said.
Me being me, I said “ok” and within an hour I had ok’ed it with my ever supportive husband and had a spot booked on the truck for my bike. The hardest part was having to go on my own and leave my husband and little 2 year old daughter behind but I guess they are used to it by now.
Lets be clear here right from the start, Motocross is NOT my discipline but it IS a sport I love to do any really enjoy the challenge. It is so different from my normal road and supermoto racing but any chance I get to build the numbers and support the women I’ll jump at.
Day 1 was terrifying but amazingly awesome, We had 11 West Australian girls over there competing (a third of the total women’s entries) and the support and feeling of belonging was so inspiring and encouraging.
The track was looking fantastic and I was very excited to get out there and ride it. I managed to qualify 23rd out of 31 riders so I was ecstatic with that result, however it was my best result of the weekend. Moto 1 and Moto 2 I finished in 26th and 24th respectively.
Day 2 was equally terrifying but still so enjoyable, the track by this stage was increasingly challenging and I did question my resolve at one point but through the encouragement of the amazingly supportive WA squad I lined up at the start gate and rode the best I could.
I finished 29th and 24th for Moto 3 and Moto 4 and as I crossed the chequered flag for the last time I had an overwhelming feeling of achievement and was so proud to be a part of the WA squad.
I have to send out a massive thank you to Neil Dunne for the bike transport and help over the weekend.
Also the Motorcycling WA Women’s committee for the support – I strongly believe without your involvement women’s events like this would not be as successful.
And most of all my WA friends and fellow competitors, who helped me, pushed me and supported me the whole time.