Ladies Day at the Raceway Mentor: Kiri Welsh

Ladies Day at the Raceway Mentor: Kiri Welsh

Author: Media/Thursday, August 25, 2016/Categories: State News



The Motorcycle Sportsmen of Queensland are proud to present their inaugural Ladies only trackday 'Ladies Day at the Raceway' at Morgan Park Raceway on October 9, 2016.

This is a fun day aimed at opening up the concept of circuit riding to ladies, and showing them how much fun you can have when you take your bike to the track.

Entries will be open on 29/08/16 via member.motorcyclesportsmen.com.au. In the meantime, register your interest on the Facebook event page.

Special pricing for this day will be announced shortly. Lunch and a welcome pack will be provided for all, and there will be giveaways throughout the day! Any participants who have never held an MA licence will be eligible for a free Come and Try licence for the day.

This day is being run with the support of the FIM Women in Motorcycling program, Morgan Park Raceway and Motorcyling Queensland.


Ladies day at the Raceway Mentor interview: Kiri Welsh



Name: Kiri Welsh

Age: 44

Years Riding: 7 years

Height: 175cm

Current motorcycles: 2012 BMW S1000RR

Past motorcycles: Ducati 848, 1199, 899, Aprilia Shiver, Honda XR250, 570 Husaberg, Suzuki DR450, Suzuki GSXR 750 & 600

What class of bikes do you currently race?
F2 (once), Club Racer

Can you describe a typical day at the track?
Riding my bike as fast as I can. Making new friends. Lots and lots of smiling

How did you feel the first time you rode on a track and compare it to the emotions you feel now when you ride? I was very very nervous the first time I rode on a track but once I was out there, I felt very much at home. This is the feeling I have now when I ride on the track

How did you get into riding on track? My first bike was the Ducati 848 and I promised myself when I picked it up that I would learn to ride the thing how it should ridden…learnt the way that that was not to be learnt on the road! My first ever track experience was a coaching day with Dave Fuller and Leo Cash :)

Do you ride anything other than sport bikes? I have pretty much ridden most types of bikes in my years - dirt, cruisers, mototards - but have found that sports bikes give me the most enjoyment at the moment.

Do you follow any professional racing series? Moto GP, WSBK, ASBK

Are you treated the same as a male racer and do you see yourself having the same opportunities and access to advance within the sport? I believe females are given more respect than males on the track, weather it be racing or track days.  Opportunities are out there for anyone who is willing to take them.  

Have you had any mentors who helped you get to where you are today? I get given advice on a regular basis by numerous riders from how ride to how to lock wire to how to position yourself on the bike…this list is endless, some I take on board, some I don’t.  I believe anyone person that rides can offer advice it’s a passion we all share and are willing to pass on.  

Who are your inspirations? Valentino Rossi!!

What do you do for fun when you’re not riding or racing? After the house is clean…I play Netball and Basketball a couple of nights a week.  I train 3 days a week in the gym, I find building strength to be a factor in keeping healthy

Any favourite foods? I love all foods. Beer is pretty good too ;)

What’s the last inspiring book you read? Into Thin Air (Jon Krakauer)

Any favourite movies or TV shows? Forest Gump and a couple of trashy UK TV soaps

What advice would you give someone who wants to get into track riding or road racing? Riding on the track is the safest place to ride a sportsbike fast!! The enjoyment I get from being able to ride a bike (to even half it’s capability) is the absolute best feeling you can ever have.


Stay tuned to me another mentor soon! For more information on Ladies Day at the Raceway, head to www.motorcyclesportsmen.com.au

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