Mid Ar­gyll mo­tor biker Elaine takes on the world

The Oban Times - - Sport -

AR­GYLL dirt biker Elaine MacEach­ern bat­tled with the world’s top mo­tocross riders af­ter rac­ing in France re­cently.

The 19-year- old ac­coun­tant from Orm­sary trav­elled to Ernee, France, to com­pete in the third round of the FIM Women’s Mo­tocross World Cham­pi­onship on May 28 to 29.

Af­ter re­cov­er­ing from an in­jury that left her out of the last round of rac­ing, Elaine proved her met­tle once again against the world’s top riders by fin­ish­ing 22nd over­all af­ter two days of hard rac­ing.

In race one, on the Satur­day, Elaine got off to a good start but two crashes meant she fin­ished in 27th po­si­tion and was left dis­ap­pointed with the day’s ac­tion.

Keen to make amends, Sun­day was a more suc­cess­ful out­ing for Elaine as a good start off the line saw her push into third po­si­tion. Al­though drop­ping back a few places on the first lap, she re­mained in the top 10 for the ma­jor­ity of the race. A mid-race crash cost her more spots but she hung on for an 18th place fin­ish and three points.

The three points meant she fin­ished in 22nd po­si­tion for the round of rac­ing and ce­mented her place as the high­est-ranked Bri­tish fe­male.

Elaine said: ‘The week­end in France was up and down. On Satur­day I qual­i­fied 27th, which is pretty dis­ap­point­ing. I was feel­ing a bit bet­ter on Sun­day and I was sit­ting in the top 10 the ma­jor­ity of the race be­fore drop­ping it in the cor­ner.’

The strong per­for­mance in France has spurred Elaine on to im­prove her po­si­tion in the next round of the cham­pi­onship in the Czech Repub­lic in July.

Speak­ing about her hopes for the next round, Elaine com­mented: ‘At least I know I should be top 15, if not the top 10. But I re­ally need to get more time on the bike and more fit­ness train­ing. It was pretty sweet con­sid­er­ing my bike is pretty much stan­dard and con­sid­er­ing I was in­jured and missed round two in Italy.’

In the weeks run­ning up to the race in France, Elaine was train­ing with for­mer Bri­tish Pro Mo­tocross rider Bryan Macken­zie.

Orm­sary’s Elaine MacEach­ern in ac­tion at the FIM Women’s Mo­tocross World Cham­pi­onships in France re­cently.

Elaine MacEach­ern.

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