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EIGHT STRAIGHT VIC PLATES FOR KTM'S KRISTY

05-08-13

Motorex KTM Racer and two-time national champ Kristy Gillespie added an incredible eighth Victorian Motocross championship to her state title streak at the weekend’s Vic champs finale at Korumburra in south-east Victoria.

With an 18-point lead and tricky conditions to contend with, 25-year-old Gillespie steered her KTM250SX-F to a careful second on the day behind Maddie Brown with 2, 1, 2 placings from the three motos.

Gillespie won all three previous rounds, the first with incredible toughness as she won at Blue Rock while nursing a broken hand. She then dominated round two at Swan Hill with a perfect score and overcame illness at the third round to further extend her lead.

"I literally broke my hand the week before that first round and I could have said 'that's it, I'm not gonna ride'. But for the sake of a little bit of pain and a couple of weeks longer healing period it was worth putting up with it. I didn't plan on winning that one, but I was just lucky I suppose.

For this final round I came back to something Glenn told me when I first started with him in '07. He'd told me sometimes we need to lose a battle to win the war. Yesterday the conditions were shocking, muddy as all hell and raining and I decided I'm not going to wipe myself out here.

I'm stoked to win but I just loving being out there, and I think that's when you get good results is when it's fun. Eight in a row is not something that I think has been done before, and everyone always gets faster and stronger and the racing always harder, so this one is definitely as sweet as the first one."

Gillespie will now have a well-deserved week off, then begin preparations for this year’s Women's Nats, where she hopes for a podium finish among some very fast company.

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