EMMA BRIS­TOW

Trial Magazine - - FEATURES - WORDS: EMMA AND JONNY PIC­TURES: TIM TIGHE AND MARK WAL­TERS (FIM GALA)

Many years ago, when my par­ents re­alised that I wanted to ride off-road mo­tor­cy­cles, we started on the ad­ven­ture that would take me to the very top of mo­tor­cy­cle sport. It’s been a tough old jour­ney, there have been tears and tough times, but I can stand so proud now as a four times Off-road

Mo­tor­cy­cle World Cham­pion – yes, I am very proud.

Af­ter my an­tics at the Scott Trial just one more event re­mained for 2015, the FIM Gala awards pre­sen­ta­tion, to which I was in­vited to col­lect my fourth gold medal in Novem­ber; I have won two for Tri­als and two for Su­perEn­duro. It was held at the Teatro Vil­la­marta in the Span­ish city of Jerez. To be amongst the best rid­ers in the world dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of world cham­pi­ons is some­thing spe­cial. My part­ner James and I trav­elled to Spain and en­joyed a re­ally ex­cit­ing evening, with the ic­ing on the cake be­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, which made me re­alise the enor­mity of what I had achieved in the world of mo­tor­cy­cling.

It was a move to the Sherco en­duro ma­chine for my first race of 2016, which was round one of the ACU Bri­tish Ex­treme En­duro Cham­pi­onship. With the very wet weather we have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing I knew the venue at Park­wood Of­froad, Tong, near Leeds would be very wet. On a dif­fer­ent note this will be the venue for the very first Ladies’ World Tri­als round to be held in July, so let’s just hope it will be a lit­tle drier!

Rid­ing the MRS Sherco 300cc four-stroke I had the usual dra­mas of rac­ing, in­clud­ing a big crash down the wa­ter­fall on the last lap, but com­pleted seven laps to fin­ish in 18th in my class and 27th po­si­tion over­all as David Knight com­pleted ten laps to take the win. My train­ing will now fo­cus around the Sherco tri­als ma­chine.

The two mo­tor­cy­cling dis­ci­plines, tri­als and en­duro, are so far apart that I feel it’s eas­ier to con­cen­trate on one at a time. The train­ing will now con­tinue in the sun­nier cli­mate of Spain as I move out there for a month to beat the win­ter weather in Eng­land – I hope!

Speak soon – Emma B xxxx

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