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Gillespie wins Rnd 1 VIC Womenís Motocross Championship

16-06-08

Reigning Victorian Women’s Motocross Champion, Kristy Gillespie has shown why she holds the number one plate in Victoria, claiming a win at the opening round of the 2008 VIC Women’s Motocross Championship, held at Bairnsdale Motorcycle Club on the weekend. 

Gillespie from Albury NSW, struggled to make the event after a virus took her out during the week leading up to the event, where she was left pulling herself from bed to make Sunday’s event. 

Dedicated to her racing, Gillespie decided to ride just to get points, with a game plan to make up ground when she recovered, yet she was pleasantly surprised with what unfolded. 

Gillespie comments, “Three straight wins from three motos certainly wasn’t the result I was expecting, but I’m stoked to secure the win for GMR Motorex KTM Racing. 

“In addition to my bad health, the weather was absolutely freezing and the track was the roughest I have ever seen it, so things were not looking great for my start to the racing.    

“In my first moto I got a terrible start, it was a concrete start gate and I have a reputation to be challenged on these.  I was still sitting on the gate spinning when everyone had ridden into the first corner, but I eventually got away.  Adelia Barton then crashed in the first corner and most of the racers drifted wide to miss her, so I snuck up the inside to make up a few spots.  

“I was sitting in about third or fourth slowly passing riders.  Amy Boyd was leading the first moto and I caught up to her mid way through the race.  We battled for awhile and then I passed her to pull a fairly comfortable win. 

“In between races I caught up with my GMR Motorex KTM team mate Dylan Berwick, who told me he uses third gear to start on concrete so I figured I had nothing to lose and gave it a try.  It worked – I pulled the hole shot on the KTM 250 SX-F and rode off to lead the race.  About half way through Amy Boyd crashed with a suspected broken shoulder blade, and the race was red flagged.  In the restart I pulled another hole shot, again using third gear. 

“The final moto was very similar, with another hole shot and a lead from start to finish.  I didn’t work as hard for a huge gap on the rest of the field in the final moto, because I was still feeling sick and I had little energy to finish the race. 

“What I thought was going to be a weekend of minimal points turned into one of my best races for the year and I’m hoping I can continue with this form for the final round of the National Women’s Motocross Championship at Lakes this coming Sunday.  (June 22) 

“Katherine Prumm from New Zealand leads the National Championship, but she won’t be there because of World Championship commitments, and I sit in second, with an eight point advantage over Ashlea Bates in third.  

“Without Katherine, it will be an all Aussie battle to determine who is going to take out the National Championship and I’m really hoping to secure the win for GMR Motorex KTM Racing.” 

Racing results will be posted at www.ktm.com.au and www.gmr-motorexktm.com.au