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Gillespie hunts down Australian Womenís Championship title

26-05-08

A second place podium at round two of the Australian Women’s Motocross Championship at Maffra Motorcycle Club (Newry-VIC), has given GMR Motorex KTM Racer, Kristy Gillespie all the ammunition she needs to work on taking out the Women’s Championship title on June 22, at Lakes in NSW.

The penultimate round was won by Kiwi rider and World Motocross Champion, Katherine Prumm, who will be unable to contest the final Aussie round in June due to World Championship racing commitments.  Katherine Prumm’s absence will give Kristy Gillespie an eight point advantage over her fellow Australian competitors.

Gillespie comments, “For the past few years, I have finished third in the Australian Women’s Motocross Championship, when luck hasn’t been on my side.  I was working for second this year, which I felt was an achievable goal given World Champion, Katherine Prumm was dominating the series.

“Katherine has pushed all of the Aussie girls to bring out the best in our riding and now that she won’t be able to race the final round at Lakes, it will be a battle between myself and fellow Aussie contenders Ashlea Bates, Adelia Barton and Amy Boyd.

“With Katherine out of the final round, I have an eight point advantage over Ashlea Bates who sits in second, so if I stay consistent like I have throughout the season I could take home the Women’s Championship title.

“I’m riding the KTM 250 SX-F, which I’m really comfortable on particularly with dirt start gates.  I struggled with my starts at round two, because the start gate was on concrete and I’m not good with a lot of back wheel spin.  My riding style favours a dirt start, which is what Lakes in NSW has, so I’m hoping with better starts I won’t have to fight my way through the pack like I had to at this round.”

The top five overall Australian Women’s Motocross points standing sees Katherine Prumm on 100, Kristy Gillespie on 82, Ashlea Bates on 74, Adelia Barton on 64 and Tahlia Neilson on 62.

Maffra Motorcycle Club also hosted the Maxxis Rookies series, where GMR Motorex KTM junior racers Jason Reed and Dylan Berwick finished on the podium.  Reed place third in the 15 years 250F class, while Dylan Berwick finished third in the 13-14 years 250 F class, and second in the 13-14 years 125cc class.