Women making their mark in motocross arena

Posted: March 25, 2013 by JonoShmono "SykOse. Live. Extreme." in Motocross, Motor
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Jenna Lupo, of Legana, Morgan Wright, of Ulverstone, Shannan Logan, of Hobart, Abbie Clark, of Hobart, Sarah Knee, of Launceston (front), and Caitlin Viney, of Perth, are delighted that more women have taken up motocross.

Jenna Lupo, of Legana, Morgan Wright, of Ulverstone, Shannan Logan, of Hobart, Abbie Clark, of Hobart, Sarah Knee, of Launceston (front), and Caitlin Viney, of Perth, are delighted that more women have taken up motocross.

┬áMANY families experience sibling rivalry, but Launceston’s Knee family has taken it to another level.

Sarah Knee and her brother Robert don’t lock horns over swimming, bathroom time or computer games – they race motocross.

Although Sarah admitted that her brother was quicker around a track than her, she harboured ambitions of reversing that one day.

And if the boom in women competing in the traditionally male-dominated sport is any indication, that could be one ambition she realises.

After years of mixing it with the boys on the motocross track as one of half a dozen women, Sarah said that she was delighted there were so many women racing this year and that they had their own championship for the first time.

Sarah was yesterday one of 14 women competing in the first round of the three-round Tasmanian Women’s Motocross Championship.

“I’ve been racing since I was a little kid – I wasn’t very competitive then, but through the years I’ve begun to get more competitive and now I get to ride in two series, one with the boys and one just for the women,” she said.

“Some of the boys are a bit feisty – the girls are more relaxed and have a bit of a giggle and have a good time, but we still yell at each other when we go past.”

Sarah’s mother Christine said that the women’s numbers skyrocketed after the Launceston Motocross and Scramble Club hosted a women’s ride day.

The second round will be held at Scottsdale’s Santarena Park on April 28, with Penguin to host the final round on May 19.

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