Unstoppable Gowland! IMBA Ladies European Motocross Championships Home Round – Race Report and Results
If that was a demonstration of control behind them the battle for the top ten positions was more closely fought. Britains Marni Saunders gated well in the top 10 and battled her way up to an incredible sixth place with huge energy and determination to fight her way to the top. Next was Kayleigh Durston for Britain who was looking incredibly strong, finishing 12th and after struggling to break into the top 20 last year she was battling with the best finishing ahead of young Chloe Richards on her International debut who looked at home in this company with a 13th place. Britains next two International debutants Hannah Jones and Georgie Potter rode solid races, Jones had the speed but she felt the tough track conditions and dropped back to 18th ahead of the British convoy of Georgie Potter 19th, Lily Moreland 20th, Jaymee Garrood 21st who recovered from a crash with team mate Bethany Allison 23rd just behind young Esme King 22nd. For many, the nerves got to them not allowing them to relax and race their usual race but the experience would help them improve with race 1 under the belt.
Behind her again the racing was close. Saunders was in the thick of it racing hard finishing in another 6th place. Kayleigh Durston was so close to breaking into the top ten but just couldn’t improve but happy with another solid 12th place ahead of Chloe Richards again in 13th. There was two super performances by the Brit newcomers Georgie Potter and Lily Moreland breaking right into the top 20 with Potter taking 17th and Moreland 19th, Jaymee Garrood who has been strong in the domestic championship all year was really struggling to find her usual smooth rhythm finished in 21st ahead of Hannah Jones who burnt herself out running the first half of the race in the top 10, the speed is there the results will come. Esme King who again has the speed was struggling to find a rhythm on the tough challenging track came home in good 24th following a fall in the early stages of the race but poor Bethany Allison broke a gear lever and took a dnf.