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Gillespie & KTM win Maffra Ė Sale Open

11-02-08

In preparation for the Australian Women’s Motocross Championship kicking off on March 9, Albury racer Kristy Gillespie has been in training at regional and state events, taking many podiums along the way.

Over the weekend Gillespie entered the Maffra-Sale Open in Newry Victoria, where she clean swept the competition winning three straight motos in the Women’s Class.

Riding the KTM 250 SX-F with GMR Motorex KTM, Gillespie comments, “I’m really pleased to have come out strong on the Maffra-Sale circuit because this club will host a round of the Women’s National Championship in May, and it gives me some testing time on the course.
“Rain really roughed up the track and it became a one line muddy rut for the start of the racing and a dusty dry line once the sun came out.

“I didn’t have the best of gate choices for the first moto – I was right on the side but I still managed to get the hole shot. The KTM 250 SX-F easily pulled me away from the competition to come home with the win. Then in the next moto I had some competition from Lauren Parsons who sits within the top 10 for the National Championship ranking, but by about the third corner I passed Lauren to take the win again.

“A lot of girls were falling off in the second moto from choosing bad lines through the boggy sections so experience and bike speed helped me there. By the final race the track had dried out and become really dusty. My race team manager Glenn MacDonald, realised I didn’t have a lot of competition so he wanted me to go out and race the track so he could keep an eye on my lap times, and make sure I was consistent. I got the hole shot and won again which gave me the overall Women’s Class win on the day, and Glenn was happy with my lap times.

“My most rewarding race over the weekend was the B Grade All Powers combining the girls and the guys. I usually get a little intimidated by the guys but track familiarity must have given me confidence, because I put in some really fast lap times and remained within the top ten pretty much the whole race.

“I came around the first corner in about fifth and a few guys passed me which put me back to seventh. Mid race, I dropped a few positions, but found my rhythm to regained seventh position again, which is where I finished.”

Kristy Gillespie will next race with GMR Motorex KTM at the Ararat Open (Victoria) this weekend to get further race practice under her belt before the National Women’s Motocross Championship kicking off on March 9, at Tivoli, in Queensland.