Onwards, Upwards & on the gas! British Women’s Motocross … Lets produce a British World Champion
I started racing Motocross back in 1976 with the YMSA, my dad, Ken Marriott, was secretary at the time and my elder brother was racing, when he was too old for the YMSA we had to go adult racing but there was nothing in Leicestershire at the time so my dad started a new AMCA club the Leicester Hunters. He helped grow the sport in Leicestershire and started two other clubs to cope with the growth, Coalville Moto and Shepshed Sporting all of which are still going today. I reached the expert class and won a few races, then stopped, had the kids and came back again, it was this second time that Vicky my daughter took an interest.
Your Daughter Vicky rides, how long has she been racing?
Vicky started late at 13, she played football for Leicester City under 14’s at the time but I would give her rides on my bike and she soon got the bug. Once she progressed from the 85cc I quit racing and bought her a CRF250 Honda. I coached and trained her and she soon mastered it and loved the sport. Unfortunately she had some bad injuries including a brain hemorrhage which was touch and go as to who she would be when she came out of it, but fortunately there are no after effects and she continued to progress, breaking a few bones along the way.
It seems like the British Women’s Motocross Association has been in the offing for sometime, tell us how your vision came about?
We have been following the Association and the first year of the British Womens Motocross Championship from it’s inception, how hard was it to get it off the ground?
How was the series been received by the riders?
There were a few people who weren’t sure of the series, do you think the success of this year has won them over?
Your involvement in Womens Sport seems to be transcending beyond Motocross tell us about your links with Women in Sport?
There seems to have been great camaraderie between the British riders taking part in the IMBA European Championships, that must be great to see?
I know there are huge plans for the future, what is changing in 2018?
What is the plans for the longer term?
Tell parents and riders how they can get involved and what they should expect from being a member of the BWMA?