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Gillespie sits in equal second following Womenís MX Championship opener

10-03-08

GMR Motorex KTM racer, Kristy Gillespie is sitting in equal second on points tied with Ashlea Bates following the opening round of the Australian Women’s Motocross Championship at Tivoli Raceway, in Queensland.

World Champion, Katherine Prumm leads on 50 points, with Gillespie and Bates on 40 points. Round one podium standings saw Prumm first, Bates second and Gillespie third - on a racing guideline count back system.

Gillespie comments, “Even though Ashley Bates and I both secured a fourth and a second position in different motos, her second position was in the final race of the day and whoever gets the better position in the final race, gets the higher podium.”

“The podium position doesn’t bother me, it’s the points that I’m after and thankfully we’re sitting on equal points, which gives us both equal chance to improve at the next round in Newry (VIC).
“Katherine Prumm is once again the benchmark, she rides constant and without error, that’s why she’s World Champ. My fastest practice session time was two seconds off Katherine’s, which was pretty encouraging going into the opening moto.

“I started the opening moto well and headed into the first turn alongside Katherine. For the opening stages of the race I was chasing her tail, but nerves got the better of me as the race went on, and I stiffened up and got out of rhythm. This gave Amy Boyd an advantage to pass me and check out. Once I got consistent again I was able to reel in the eight second gap on Amy Boyd, and pass her in a deep inside rut to take second behind Katherine Prumm.

“We only had two 15 minute races and the final race didn’t go in my favour. I got a less than average start and was back in around seventh position. I made my way through the pack pretty quickly into third. Then around the eight minute mark I crashed through the whoops, where I had been doing a double-triple-double jump from the outside, but switched and did it from the inside landing sideways. That threw me off the bike and I was again back in seventh position.

“I work my way through the pack again and wondered why the bike was pulling me sideways, then I realised I had two flat tyres, which likely happened from my crash, combined with a really rough track. I struggled with my handling over the final two laps and came home fourth, behind Katherine Prumm, Ashley Bates and Adelia Barton in that order.

“The next round of the National Championship isn’t until May 25, but I plan to continue with as many regional events possible to maintain my fitness and race training programme on the KTM 250 SX-F.”

Also racing in the Rising Rookies class was GMR Motorex KTM racer, Jason Reed from Maitland, who has made a return from recent injury. In his opening moto, Reed battled with Dylan Peterson only to be passed under a yellow flag, relegating him to third place.

In the second moto, Reed had a less than perfect start and was sitting in fifth position for much of the race. He then strategically planned passing moves to take the next two positions in one lap, and settled into a third. Placing third in both motos gave Reed third in class for the round behind Tye Simmonds in first, and Dylan Peterson in second.

Fellow GMR Motorex KTM racer Dylan Berwick also took to the podium at the Motul MX Development Series, placing third overall in the 13-u 14 years 125cc class, behind Shaun Redhead in first and Michael Crugnale in second.