With the first round of the WoW MX Series just days away, it isn’t just regular motocross racers gathering for this weekend’s WoW series Opener at Queensland Moto Park.
With the catchphrase "Ride Like a Girl" as its proud slogan, the WoW (Women on Wheels series) is a brand-new concept designed to showcase Queensland’s fastest females, and grow confidence and ability in riders of all grades.
The three-round series has drawn plenty of interest; not just from the motocross regulars, but also from former racers and one or two high-profile dirt track and enduro racers as well.
With the fun and camaraderie of three, two-day women’s events each a month apart, as well as the specific training advantages that only motocross offers, some of Queensland’s top girls from other disciplines have been quick to throw in an entry.
Enduro racer Ebony Nielsen intends to make sure there’s at last one enduro bike headlight in amongst the motocross number plates on the start line.
The 20-year-old Bendigo bank teller from Kingaroy currently holds third in the Husqvarna Queensland Sprint Series and finished seventh in the AORC opener a month ago, and she’s keen to hone her craft.
“I think motocross is great way to work on your speed,” says Ebony. “There’s nothing like that mass start at an enduro, and that bit of agro as riders push each other for position. It’s good fun to do something a bit different.
“I also think the natural terrain track will suit me a bit better – I’m not too much of a jumper. I’m more used to jumping logs!
Aside from the advantages to her technique, Ebony rates the social attractions of the WoW series highly.
“It’s just good to meet new girls as well. You make new friends and new people to ride with - I’ve still got friends from last year texting me to ask if I’m going, and it’s good to know a lot more people will be coming to this one."
Briony Hendrickson will surely be one of the most decorated riders to roll onto the start line at QMP – she’s a former A-grade motocrosser who turned to dirt track five years ago and won 11-straight Queensland and 6 Australian dirt track titles.
The 25-year-old high school PE teacher finds the WoW Series concept too tantalising to ignore. “I love the high speed and the adrenaline of dirt track but I’m also a big advocate for women’s racing, so I want to get in on this.
“There are plenty of good riders I’m really looking forward to watching, too.”
Briony will trade her CRF450 dirt tracker for a CRF250 for the event, but even though she hasn’t raced at QMP for five years, there are few nerves if any.
“A bike is a bike, so I’m sure it will be fine. QMP is a great park that’s very family oriented, and motorcycling is a very small world, so I’m really looking forward to catching up with my motocross family instead of my dirt track family for a change.”
Entries for Queensland’s newest women’s motocross racing series will remain open until Thursday midday.
Supp regs are available here:
Nominations are open on Ridernet, and close at midday on April 12
Race cool tracks * Meet new friends * Get faster * Get smarter * Ride like a Girl!
It's gonna be fun... don't miss out!
WoW MX Series Dates:
Round 1 (QMP), April 14/15
Round 2 Goondiwindi, May 19/20
Round 3 Warwick, June 9/10.