Queensland Women's Motocross Champion Nicole Kenny is thrilled at the prospect of measuring herself against the country's best female riders at this weekend's round of the Women's National Champs at Coolum.
The event is the last round of the MX Nationals, and incorporates the second and final round of the Women's national champs, which began at Manjimup, WA in June.
The occasion will be Kenny's first visit to Coolum, just three weeks after the Mad Dog Kawasaki KX450F rider successfully defended her Queensland title at Emerald.
"I haven't been to Coolum before so I've been watching heaps of MX Nationals footage. I'm looking at all the straights thinking the 450 might go alright there. It reminds me of a place where we train - big wide open straights with ruts and all whooped out with braking bumps, and if you can last ten minutes there you're going okay."
A rookie at national level, Kenny has set herself the goal of a top-five finish, but is determined to just focus on doing her best, and letting the outcome take care of itself.
"I haven't got any pressure on me at all, I didn't do the first round, and I'll be running my normal F41 instead of the big number 1 like I had at Emerald."
The 20-year-old from Moranbah concedes the local girls, including the likes of national #5 Chelsea Carter (with whom she traded race wins at Emerald), might be tougher since they'll have the local knowledge this time round.
"Presumably they'll have raced there a bit so they might be up a level - I might have to steal a few lines off them!
"At least I've got plenty of support though, there's a tribe coming down to cheer me on."
The Queensland contingent will take on formidable competition, including the likes of defending Champion Maddy Brown, Meghan Rutledge and Jess Moore.
Pics: Nicole Kenny focusing on the startline with Dad Shawn, and comparing notes post race with Qld Vice Champion Chelsea Carter. Images: JP