The iconic Manjimup 15000 introduced a women’s class for the very first time at this year’s event and it proved to be a spectacular success. A massive 29 women came from all over Western Australia and interstate to be part of the event and provided the crowd with some incredible racing.
Current Australian Women’s MX Champion Jess Moore commented that the numbers were amazing and compared this to seeing only slightly higher numbers for the national championships.
The Manjimup 15000 at the Cosy Creek circuit has always been an iconic event in Australia dating back to before the Des Nations in 1992, but now with Willie Thompson and Dirt High Promotions at the helm; it has grown to a new level. Attracting competitors from all over the state, national team riders and international riders from New Zealand, USA and Europe, this event would have to be Australia’s biggest and best.
Willie Thompson and Dirt High Promotions have recognised the growth of women’s participation in the sport and made the call to dedicate a class to the women in an already packed 3 days of racing at the amazing Cosy Creek circuit. Getting together with sponsor WA Assetts –The Bathroom Renovators who put up $2500 in prize money, the women were treated to practice on the Friday and then 4 rounds of racing on Saturday.
The racing on the day was intense with many battles being contested throughout the field. Current Australian MX champ Jess Moore took out the event and reported this was her favourite track in all Australia and she was happy to be a part of the first women’s event. Chelsea Blakers – South West Yamaha, and Lily Kent - Wellard BRM Yamaha took second and third on the podium in a hotly contested battle for the final positions which saw Cullys Yamaha rider Hannah Bagnall narrowly miss a spot on the podium.
Tiarna Hansen travelled from Tom Price and to be able to compete in the event and took out a credible 5th place in her first year in senior competition. Casey Crisp put in a solid day and reported it was a great being a part of the event, seeing the crowd cheering as they made their way up Rock’n’Roll hill was a fantastic experience. All the girls reported having a great day out and were appreciative of the opportunity to have their own class.
The Motorcycling Western Australia Women’s committee is dedicated to support the growth of women in motorcycling and is pleased to see that promoters are starting to offer dedicated women’s classes at such high profile events , a credit to the Dirt High team for setting the bar pretty high.
Moving forward with planning for the 2018 event, it is hoped to make the Manjimup 15000 one of the most iconic events for women as well as men by attracting entrants from all over Australia and perhaps, with some support, to bring some international riders across to the event. That would be an amazing achievement!!
Stay tuned and keep in touch as we look to making this event even bigger and better in 2018.
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