Rubbing knee sliders with a pack of bloodthirsty guys into turn one on a Yamaha R1 in the Superbike class might not be every girl's idea of Sunday relaxation, but for Brisbane rider Dianne Jones - it's how she feels truly alive.
Name: Di Jones
Age: Do I have to
share? Ok... I’m 40
Bike: Yamaha R1-M
myself & I (i.e. Exceed Advisory Services)
I ride a motorcycle
because: there’s something about it that can’t really be captured in words
- it’s along the lines of the feeling of actually being ‘truly’ alive and free.
Plus, it is addictive, and way more fun than the alternative - like a shoe or
handbag collection? (laughs)
The reason I compete
aboard one: is two-fold. I enjoy the
ongoing challenge of constantly seeking to improve my skills and bike - plus I
probably wouldn’t have a licence for long if the only place I could address my
need for speed was on the road!
What I love about my
bike is... Well, it’s like the little girl with the curl in the middle of
her forehead. When she is good she is stupidly quick and a whole lot of fun,
but when she is bad... Well, let’s just say there have been many days where our
friendship has been tested! I also love
the rawness of the power of the M. It is an animal that just won’t be tamed.
My discipline of
motorcycle sport is: Road Racing (Formula 1 / Superbike) and the thing I
love about it is ‘attempting’ to wrestle something way too big/powerful/grumpy
for someone my size around a race track. Plus, the feeling of achievement that
comes from finding a way to make that happen while mixing it with the guys at
The biggest high I
ever got from competition: was possibly a split between getting into the
12s for the first time at Mallalla (on a four-year-old road bike) in 2011,
coming 3rd in the ASBK Prostock 1000’s (C&D Grade), or the craziness of
racing four-abreast into turn one at Queensland Raceway on a Ninja 300!
track/place to compete is: Sydney Motorsport Park and the thing I love
about it is the rhythm this track provides once you get the bike set up
properly. It flows, but still has a bunch of off-camber sections that keep us
The person who taught
me the most about my sport is: Jamie Videon. He coached, raced with/against
and turned spanners for me for a couple of years. His knowledge of all things
racing is amazing (sadly, illness saw him retire from the sport).
whose backing makes all the difference is/are... This is a tough one for
me. My family have never seen me ride so
I’ve pretty much just had to go it alone over the years. The things I’ve learnt
have been due to the kindness of my fellow riders and officials who have been
willing to answer my stupid questions, observe them working on their bikes or
to help me fix something. While I don’t
have family support per se, I do have heroes… All the friends I’ve made through
racing who understand the highs and lows and keep encouraging me to get out
there despite the setbacks (you all know who you are!!), the officials who
tirelessly spend their weekends organising fun for us, and the other
competitors who have welcomed me into their paddocks all over Australia.
Outside of my
motorcycle life, I am: a freelance Business / Leadership Coach. I help
people and businesses to reach their highest potential. It’s a really diverse
and rewarding role but it does take me to just about every airport in the
country, so my ability to get any free time to get on two wheels is very
limited. Who needs practice anyway? (laughs).
People might be
surprised to know that I: was a heavy vehicle driving instructor in the
Army, I am a certified mindfulness practitioner and I build / repair bikes as a
hobby (many thanks to You-Tube and Workshop Manuals for my mechanical
This year my goals
are to: actually complete a whole race meet on the M - I’ve had terrible
luck over the last year (in many areas) - but I’m determined to make this my
best year yet! PB’s are going to fall!
The aspect of my motorcycling that I'll be focusing on most
is? Having more fun!