Motorcycling Queensland's 2015 International Rider of the Year Jemma Wilson has been busy competing at the World Enduro GP throughout Europe. She updates us on her latest trip:
I arrived back in Australia on the weekend after seven weeks away in Europe racing the first six rounds of the World Enduro GP's. We competed in Finland, Sweden and Spain and after the three weekends of racing I am placed fifth overall.
The world champs are always tough and this year was no exception. Finland was full of big rocks and big bog holes, Sweden was wet and apparently it was rather similar to riding in snow and Spain had some huge hillclimbs.
I went into the event believing that I had done the work and had the speed to be on the podium but after eight months since the last round of the worlds for the ladies class there were huge changes in our field.
Despite not getting the position that I wanted, there are still huge positives. For example, in the past the Extreme Tests have been a downfall for me, but I did all the obstacles this time around, no chicken lines for me, and I had the pace in a lot of the tests and was always 'just there' but never quite quick enough.
I want to thank everyone for continuing to support me especially Yamaha Australia, Yamaha France and Chalon Moto for their assistance in getting me organised with a WR250F, and Fox Europe and Fox Australia for working together to get me the gear.
Also, a huge thank you to Mansell Concrete, Ultimate Protection Security, River Dental Gympie, Gold City Steering, Yandina Auto and Allsports Physio for their financial support.
I am very proud of getting over to Europe and competing again for this season. It is a huge endeavor as a privateer just get to the end.
Now, to focus on the remaining rounds of the Australian Offroad Championships. I have a comfortable lead at this half way mark and hope to stretch it out next weekend in Hedley, Victoria!