2019 British Womens Motocross Championship – Season Preview
The UK hasn’t seen a Womens Motocross Championship quite like this for a long time running both youth and adult championship classes.
2018 was an incredible season creating two new British Motocross Champions. It saw British Womens GP MX Star Amy Goodlad contest the series to challenge for the title vacated by the injured 2017 Champion Beth Farmer, and we all witnessed some super racing with Goodlad and eventual winner Chelsea Gowland in the adults and Elisha Elliott getting the better of Jaysi Austin in the Youth.
All these incredible champions put a line in the sand as to the level the other girls had to aspire to and it became clear as the season progressed they were stepping up to the mark. In the adult class, 2017 runner up Leonni Tighe improved throughout the season chasing down the top two. She wasn’t the only one, from the north Taylor Scott and South of the UK young Charlotte Hall and Marni Saunders all earning places in the GB IMBA team.
Team GB IMBA Ladies MX Team
One of the biggest prizes in womens motocross is to earn their place on the Great Britain Ladies Motocross team to compete against their peers from across Europe. This is the perfect stepping stone to Grand Prix Motocross. It gives the UK girls a chance to experience International Motocross without the huge expense of the GP’s and is a great showcase to gain exposure to progress to GP competition. With the governing body, AMCA, subsidising some of the costs and covering entry fees it makes it a real cost effective way to taste International success.
Those girls successful in earning the position for this season out of the riders that are competing in this years Championship are; Chelsea Gowland, Charlotte Hall, Catherine King, Marni Saunders, Kayleigh Durston and Jaymee Garrood. All of these riders represented the UK last season in one race or more with only Gowland, Hall and King completing the full season. This is a strong UK team and hopes are high of team and individual successChelsea Gowland will be hoping to capitalise on her pole position form gaining 3 out of the 4 and several impressive race wins and go one better to become the first British girl to win the IMBA Individual European Motocross Championship title. Charlotte Hall got an impressive 10th overall but this doesn’t do her performance justice with some fantastic top 5 race results and with some strong pre season results and full on training program she will definitely be pushing for the top positions. Catherine King also has a strong set up this year switching from Husqvarna to Honda she is in determined mood to put together her best season both home and abroad.
Joning last years regulars are Kayleigh Durston, Marni Saunders and Jaymee Garrood all of which have put in some great results and have worked hard over the winter to raise their game to impress on the domestic and European stage.
BWMA British Championship – Pro-Class and National Adult Class
A new format for the adult girls to encourage all abilities to develop and reach their full potential has been introduced for the 2019 season. To help raise the profile of the top girls and encourage the motocross industry to recognise the elite girls of British Womens Motocross, the top 10 after round 4 will continue to compete in the BWMA Westermans International Ladies Pro-Class for the remaining 8 rounds, carrying over their points earned so far. These girls will be racing for next years IMBA places and Prize money for the top 5 at the end of the year from title sponsor Westermans International. Those girls from 11th down will continue to compete for the BWMA Westermans International National Adult Ladies Class with prizes from sponsor 1stMX for the top 3.
The format is hoped to increase competition throughout the field and create realistic goals for the girls still improving and the Youth girls to have a stepping stone championship for them to aim for as they move up to the bigger bikes.
With all this innovation the Adult class is going to be one ultra competitive season with the best female motocrossers in the UK battling out throughout the field for honors.
BWMA Westermans International Youth Girls Championship
2018 was the inaugral year for the Youth Championship and it for sure produced some exciting racing from some incredibly talented young girls. Elisha Elliott was eventual champion but some of the best racing of the series was between her, runner up Jaysi Austin and Grace Packman. This year Elisha will not be competing for personal reasons but hopes to be back in the adult class for 2020, this leaves Jaysi and Grace to continue their battle and pre season form, this is going to be a great battle between the two fastest youth girls in the UK at the moment. Joining them are a new crop of young girls all looking to make their mark on the championship including the only two 65cc riders, young Poppy Banning and Ellie Davidson, hoping to kick start the Rising Stars Class.
BWMA Westermans International Youth Girls Championship
2018 was the inaugral year for the Youth Championship and it for sure produced some exciting racing from some incredibly talented young girls. Elisha Elliott was eventual champion but some of the best racing of the series was between her, runner up Jaysi Austin and Grace Packman. This year Elisha will not be competing for personal reasons but hopes to be back in the adult class for 2020, this leaves Jaysi and Grace to continue their battle and pre season form, this is going to be a great battle between the two fastest youth girls in the UK at the moment. Joining them are a new crop of young girls all looking to make their mark on the championship including the only 65cc rider, young Poppy Banning, hoping to kickstart the Rising Star Class for 65cc riders.
This is a development to encourage girls of all ages to continue to compete in the sport from 65cc, 85cc bikes and then on to National Adult Championship, Pro-Class Championship and IMBA European Championship supported all the way by the BWMA and its sponsors.
It is a worthy ambition of the BWMA to help a rider progress and develop into the UK’s first Womens Motocross World Champion and that girl maybe riding a 65cc bike at this very moment.
The season is shaping up to provide some amazing racing through all the classes and without doubt new stars of UK Ladies Motocross are going to be made.