A RE­WARD­ING SEA­SON

Trial Magazine - - TALK TRIALS - WORDS: EMMA AND JONNY • PIC­TURES: TRI­ALS ME­DIA

When you start to look at the 2014 world cham­pi­onships and the two-wheeled achieve­ments from Bri­tish rid­ers, Emma Bris­tow stands proudly amongst her male coun­ter­parts as dou­ble cham­pion in the Ladies’ dis­ci­plines. What’s in­ter­est­ing is the fact that the two world ti­tles, whilst both on mo­tor­cy­cles, are lit­er­ally miles apart as one is in Tri­als and the other Su­perEn­duro. Emma, as a pro­fes­sional ath­lete, has the full support of the Sherco fac­tory be­hind her and, as you will see as you read on, it has been a very re­ward­ing sea­son for both par­ties. Did you ever con­sider a ca­reer on two wheels as a child? I grew up in a farm en­vi­ron­ment and so with large ex­panses of ground to ride on I found my way to a Yamaha PW50 at a very early age. I loved the feel­ing of free­dom which al­lowed me to ex­plore and join in the fun with all the boys in the fam­ily. I be­came in­ter­ested in tri­als when I was around four years old and I was al­ways ex­cited to ride at the week­ends. As I grew up I started to contest the Youth Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships, tak­ing four ti­tles in the dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories be­fore I moved into the adult classes. Did you find it tough rid­ing against your male coun­ter­parts in the adults? When I was younger I found it in­tim­i­dat­ing as they al­ways seemed to im­prove and pick up tech­niques quicker than me. Now I rel­ish the chal­lenge as it al­lows me to en­joy my rid­ing on a higher level of sec­tions, which is to­tally dif­fer­ent to Ladies’ tri­als. I now find it one of the best ways to im­prove my own rid­ing level. When did you move into the World Cham­pi­onships? It seems like a long time ago but it was ac­tu­ally only in 2006, when I came 13th, and then in 2007 I was 14th as I was too young to par­tic­i­pate in the Isle of Man round. I pro­gressed to 6th po­si­tion in both 2008 and 2009 and then to 4th in 2010. In 2011 I moved to the new Ossa team and pro­gressed to 2nd, which I then re­peated in 2012. How did the move to Sherco in 2013 come about? I had rid­den with both Gas Gas and Ossa, who I am eter­nally thank­ful to for the support they gave me, but with Sherco I was given the boost and team support that I needed. Both the Sherco boss Marc Tessier and the UK im­porters Mal­colm Rathmell Sport gave me the con­fi­dence to move my rid­ing to another level. In 2013 you again fin­ished sec­ond when you looked to set to take the win. I felt very con­fi­dent on the Sherco and ar­rived much im­proved on the pre­vi­ous year. The cham­pi­onship went down to an ex­cit­ing fi­nale but un­for­tu­nately didn’t go my way that year. You only count the best three scores from the five rounds? That’s cor­rect – and I think this rule

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