Queensland's fittest and toughest female motocross warriors are soon to clash on the high-speed Mozzie Creek track at Emerald, to fight for the Queensland #1 plate on July 21/22.
The C&J Excavator Hires QLD Women’s Motocross Championship will see some of the heaviest hitters from south-east, central and north Queensland, including defending Queensland Champ Nicole Kenny (image #1), who has been building towards a big performance.
Twenty-year-old Kenny’s been in ominous form in the recently-concluded CQ MX series, where, apart from going undefeated in the Women's class, the Moranbah Heavy Vehicle Operator finished a spectacular third against the boys in the MX1 support class on her KX450F.
“I was pretty stoked to get that third against the men. I enjoy racing the boys - they’re not afraid to push me around and I’m always battling with somebody.
“As soon as I won the state championship last year I decided I’d try to defend it. I’m feeling pretty confident because I’ve been riding good all year.”
She's not likely to have things all her own way though. Mozzie Creek is a fast track and if a taste for speed is a factor, enter Rockhampton's Ellyse O'Connor.
Last month the 29-year-old Origin Instrumentation Technician (pictured standing) earned the title of Finke's Fastest Woman at the famous Alice Springs to Finke Desert Race in the Northern Territory.
O'Connor hasn't raced a Queensland title since 2016 when she was fifth, and this time round on a track she loves, she can't wait to prove how far she's come.
"There will be a few fast girls going," she said, "but Emerald is one of my favourite tracks, because I love the wide-open, fast tracks with big berms.
"The only thing is that the start straight is long and Nicole is on a 450, so I'll have to try hard to get a good start on my 250 so I don't end up eating rocks from her 450!
"There are a couple of other pretty fast girls to watch out for too, like local girl Ashleigh Thompson - who could be on a 450 as well - and Chelsea Carter from Brisbane will be one to watch out for as well."
Chelsea Carter (image #5) has been the dominant girl in this year's South-East Queensland championship, the 19-year-old going undefeated throughout the series.
She finished fifth in last year's Australian championships at Coolum, but had a "bad run" in the 2017 Queensland titles where she finished ninth - a fact she's determined to make up for this time around.
"I’m very excited for the challenge in this year's QLD titles - last year's results were not what I worked so hard for so I’m looking to redeem myself.
"It would mean a lot to me if I won; I placed 2nd in my first state title in 2016, so winning it this year would be a major for me!"
Carter's weapon of choice is the two-stroke Yamaha YZ250, and though she's a Mozzie Creek rookie, she's excited to meet the CQ girls on home turf at Emerald.
"I’ve never ridden Mozzie Creek before, but I have no trouble adjusting to new tracks and I’m very positive my YZ250 won’t disappoint me!"
While the talent on track will be red-hot, the credentials of the championship’s Event Ambassador standing trackside – enduro racer and 5-time ISDE world champion Jemma Wilson - will eclipse them all.
The Gympie veteran will share her knowledge and the fruits of international experience with the host of eager and ambitious junior and senior women looking to learn what it takes to get the best out of their racing, whether at a recreational or an international level.
The event takes place at Mozzie Creek, Emerald on July 21/22, with more info here: