NOWRA’S Chloe Bowers has raced to some top positions in the first round of the 2014 NSW Motocross Championships held at Dubbo last weekend.
The Southern Highlands Motorcycle Centre Racing Team rider placed third overall in the 12 to 16 year all female 85cc two stroke/150cc four stroke and second overall in the 13 to 16 year all female 100cc-150cc two stroke/250cc four stroke events.
With some tough competition from girls all over the state, Bowers prevailed over the rough, challenging and adverse track conditions to achieve her outstanding podium results.
In her first race of the weekend, the 85cc two stroke/150cc four stroke all female division, she crashed hard early in the race, placing her last.
But she quickly recovered to claim fourth at the waving of the chequered flag. During this race Bowers also claimed the fastest lap time of the day for the division, completing the 1.9 kilometre track in a time of 2:02.436.
With the management of better gate picks and starts, she finished the last two races of the 85cc two stroke/150cc four stroke all female division with a third and a second, totalling her points at the end of the day with third overall in the class.
This was the first time Bowers had raced at the Dubbo track since the 2013 NSW Motocross Championships, where she placed fifth overall for the 85cc two stroke/150cc four stroke all female division.
“This year’s track conditions were a great improvement from last year, thanks to mother nature holding off the rain for blue skies,” Bowers said.
Being the youngest competitor in the 100cc-150cc two stroke/250cc four stroke event, Bowers was extremely fast on her 250cc four stroke, lapping the field in each of the three races, claiming a third and two second places to clinch the second overall for the first round.
“Racing at a state level is tough, especially against previous NSW Motocross Championship winners, and for me to come away with third and second places for the first round is a great start to the championships,” Bowers said.
“I am looking forward to the next rounds and hoping to improve my results.
“Without the help and support of friends, family and sponsors, I would not have been able to achieve these awesome results. I would like to give a big thank you to Southern Highlands Motorcycle Centre, Girl Rider Australia, Bomaderry Bowling Club, R & D Warren Earthmoving and Transport, Tee N Cee Graphics, Shane and Mel Mackay and all my supporters.”