Queensland Enduro Champion Jemma Wilson updates us on her 2015 season so far…
We are past the halfway mark for this season. With 21,000km both here in Australia and in Europe clocked and two international flights down, I’ve only got 10,600km and one flight to go…
2015 all started with the EnduroX Nationals, and although I loved the series, it did not love me back. I placed fourth overall for the Championship with terrible races in both Brisbane and Melbourne, but had a really nice clean fast final in Sydney and came away with a second which was a definite highlight for the EnduroX for me. Then the Australian Offroad Champs kicked off here in QLD.
The AORC’s have had more ups then downs for me, despite fellow Yamaha rider Tayla Jones remaining undefeated with only two rounds to go. I have been steadily improving all season thanks to a lot of help from Stephan Gall and am sitting happily in second. Both Tayla and I are on the new YZ250FX’s and could not be happier with how brilliant they are.
Unfortunately though, the YZ250FX’s are not available in Europe so for the Enduro World Championships (EWC) I am riding a WR250F. My fiancé Jon and I have again formed a nice little team and loaded up our Renault we bought in France last year and headed to the opening rounds in Spain and Portugal in early May.
I showed some nice speed in Spain, coming away with three test wins (I was thrilled to beat Laia Sanz even a few times. She placed ninth outright in Dakar this year!) and finished both days in fourth. This for me was a really great way to start the EWC season. In the past, I have panicked a little at the opening rounds and not rode like I know I can.
We then headed up to Portugal to race the next two rounds the following weekend. The tracks were pretty tough and I unluckily went for a swim… with the bike. I couldn't get the water out in time and DNF’d. But Jon eventually found me in a little village in a random garage, with kind Portuguese strangers and got back to Parc Ferme and fixed my Yamaha and I finished in fourth again on Sunday. This put me in fifth overall. We jumped in the car and drove the 2200kms to Belgium to Dean Ferris’, left the car there and jumped on a plane to Adelaide to race the AORC. I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t the least bit tired and cranky on the drive back to Queensland that Sunday night/Monday!
I have just returned from Belgium where I hung out with Dean Ferris and his girl Jaclyn for a week or so, and then another ‘Queenslander’ (I know Dean technically isn't a Queenslander but we claim Kyogle as our own), Rebecca Smart who is living in Holland and racing rally cars with her Dutch fiance. I love getting to catch up with Aussies overseas.
After riding with Dean and tackling 11kms of orienteering with Bec, we cruised down to the bottom of Belgium for rounds five and six of the EWC’s. Jess Gardiner was injured and I was riding well so I got my first ever podiums at the Worlds and am now sitting in third overall!!!
So… that is my season so far. It has been getting better and better and I have been working harder and harder, and am now looking towards the final two rounds of the AORC in Dungog (NSW), the ISDE in Slovakia, the last two rounds of the Worlds in France and the A4DE in Tasmania… then the off season, haha.
Thanks to all my sponsors and Gally, Craig and Jon for everything so far this year and I hope it keeps going well so we have some great results to show for all the work!