news

Kristy Gillespie accepts wildcard entry for Motocross Nationals

30-03-09

For the first time in Australian motocross racing history, a female rider will line up against the guys for the Pro Lites class of an Australian Championship event.

Reigning Australian Women’s Motocross Champion, Kristy Gillespie will enter round one of the men’s Pro Lites Australian Motocross Championship this Sunday April 5, in her home town of Albury NSW.

Riding for GMR Motorex KTM Racing on board the KTM 250 SX-F, Gillespie will race with the countries very best factory riders including fellow KTM racers Tye Simmonds, and Kade Mosig, plus reigning men’s title holder Luke George from Kawasaki.

Gillespie was offered entry into the event via a wildcard invitation from promoters WEM and will be using the round as a training ground for the 2009 Women’s Motocross Championship to be held later this season.

Commenting on her wildcard entry Gillespie said, “I’m really excited to be selected for a wildcard entry at the round one of the guys Pro Lites Motocross Championship, and it’s coincidental that the event is in my home town of Albury, making it all the more memorable.

“I know I’m not going to go out there and smoke the guys, but the factory racers who I have spoken to are encouraging me to give it my best, and some are backing me for a top 20 finish, which would be pretty good considering there is a 40 rider starting grid.

“I’m not intimidated by the guys at all, I will be just going out focusing on my own race. I couldn’t ask for a better training ground leading up to the Women’s Championship, because the guys pace will push me harder to find more speed.

“I also feel proud to do this as it’s my contribution to raising the profile of women’s motocross racing, and I know my home town fans will be sidelined backing me all the way.”

Fans wanting to meet Kristy Gillespie and Motorex KTM factory racers Kade Mosig, Tye Simmonds, and Jason Reed can do so at a rider meet and greet being held at Wodonga KTM on Friday 3 April from 4pm to 6pm.  The team will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs, while the dealership will also have on display 2009 KTM motocross bikes.  Wodonga KTM is located at 35 High Street, Wodonga. 

Round one of the Australian Motocross Championship will take place at Albury Wodonga Motorcycle Club, Diamond Park, Lincoln Causeway on Sunday 5 April.  Entry is $30 per adult and $15 per child or $70 for a family pass.

Stay tuned to racing results at www.ktm.com.au and www.gmr-motorexktm.com.au