EXCEPTIONAL talent representing the future of motocross was on display when 300 young competitors took part in the opening round of the 2015 Victorian Junior Motocross Championships at Outtrim over the weekend.
Around 15 members from the Korumburra Motorcycle Club took part in the event – which was open to kids aged between 7 and 16.
This year, there was also strong interest from young girls signing up for the first round, with 12 females, including four from Korumburra, competing in a Girls Combined class.
KMC member Emilee Lewis finished fourth overall in the category – which is an impressive result considering it was the first time she’d ever competed at state level.
“It’s great that it’s becoming a multi-sex sport and girls can now go out there and just have fun,” Emilee said.
Motorcycling Victoria’s Inclusion and Committees manager, Ms Peta Thomas, was thrilled with the turnout of girls competing at the event.
“It’s fantastic to see the number of junior girls in motocross continue to grow,” said Peta, who also administers MV’s Female Participation Program.
“Victoria has produced some great female motocross racers over the years with many like Kristy Gillespie, Bec Lipsett and Maddy Brown winning last year’s Australian Women’s Motocross Championship.
“It’s great to see that we have a good field of young female riders coming through the Victorian Motocross Championships and could potentially have the next Australian Women’s Motocross champion in the making.”
KMCC president, Graham Bird, said dry track conditions and a bit of wind at Outtrim presented a challenge, but the event was one of the most successful junior instalments in recent years.
“The club is very happy with the event overall and we had a great amount of members in attendance,” he said.
KMCC is now gearing up for club championships on April 12.