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Gillespie and KTM crowned Australian Womenís Motocross Champion

24-06-08

In a hard fought battle to the end Albury, NSW racer Kristy Gillespie has claimed the Australian Women’s Motocross Championship title, with GMR Motorex KTM Racing as the final round took to Lake Macquarie NSW. 

In the past three years of her entry into the Australian Women’s Motocross Championship, Gillespie had secured third place, missing out on the title from unfortunate crashes or mechanical challenges.

Going into the final round of the 2008 Women’s Motocross Championship, Gillespie and KTM had an eight point advantage over Husqvarna rider Ashlea Bates, and knew it would be a fight to the finish with Bates and also Honda rider Adelia Barton, eager for the win.

Gillespie comments, “I had two 15 minute motos to contest and my game plan was to ride smart and gain maximum points to claim the Championship, but the competitive side of my racing just wouldn’t allow me to settle for anywhere but first, so that kept crossing over into my mind

“In moto one, I got a solid start and was placed in third position behind Ashlea Bates (Husqvarna) and Adelia Barton (Honda).  I knew the power of the KTM 250 SX-F combined with my fitness could see me pass both riders and hold the lead if I could find an opening.

“The track was very bumpy and one lined giving me limited opportunities, but I soon claimed second position over Adelia Barton and I was then battling with Ashlea Bates, who was having an awesome ride.

“I began to get a good rhythm going, but that fell apart for me through a tight right hand corner where I dropped the bike.  Thankfully, my position of third was well ahead of the riders behind me, so I didn’t lose any places.    Race leader Ashlea Bates, then suffered bike troubles on the final lap of the race and wasn’t able to finish the first moto, which gave Adelia Barton the win, and me with a comfortable second.  This increased my Championship lead by 15 points over Adelia Barton, who had moved up the leader board with her win in this opening moto. 

“I was a little down on myself after the first moto for dropping the bike in a corner section, but that only worked to my advantage because I was determined to redeem myself for the final moto and take the win.

“I came out of the start gate in the final moto a completely different rider.  My frame of mind was to win and not settle for second, and I had no race nerves.  Ashlea Bates had her bike fixed for the second moto and she was equally as keen to go out on a high, after not finishing the first race.

“By turn one I took the lead with Ashlea Bates hot on my tail.   Ashlea through down some serious challenges and coming down a straight section into a corner briefly took the lead, but I fought back and regained the lead very quickly and didn’t look back to the finish line.

“It was a huge adrenaline rush to ride past the chequered flag, finally after three years I had broken my third place result to bring home the Australian Women’s Motocross Championship for KTM.

“The first person I hugged was my dad and then my mechanic who have been there for me at every round.  I was quite emotional because mum is in hospital and we spoke to her on the phone and she started crying and that set me off, but they were tears of joy.

“My race team manager, Glenn MacDonald handed me the number one plate that I will now ride with, and I could see in his eyes that he had shared every moment of that race with me.  Glenn has been my mentor and trainer through this entire Women’s Championship, and without his support I wouldn’t be where I am today.

“It’s been an awesome ride with KTM, and I know racing is predominantly a mans sport, but I’m thankful for KTM supporting women’s racing as well, and for the organisers involving women in a male driven sport.”

The top three results for the 2008 Australian Women’s Motocross Championship were Kristy Gillespie  GMR Motorex KTM 1st, Adelia Barton Honda 2nd, Katherine Prumm Yamaha 3rd.

Kristy Gillespie will next race in the Victorian Women’s Motocross Championship.  Stay tuned to Gillespie’s racing results at www.gmr-motorexktm.com.au and www.ktm.com.au