MORIAC motocross champion Danielle Foot has started her national junior motocross campaign admirably after winning her first two finals in the 85cc/150cc Girls 12-u16-year-old class at the 2015 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championships at Bunbury, Western Australia this week.
The prolific rider qualified for all three of her classes; the 85cc/150cc Girls 12-u16-year-old class, the 100cc-150cc/200cc-250cc Girls 13-u16-year-old class, and the 85cc/150cc 9-u12-year-old class at the start of the week and won two finals in the 85cc/150cc class.
She also finished in eleventh-place against the boys in the 85cc/150cc 9-u12-year-old class. “Qualifying went well. I qualified first in both my Girls classes by a few seconds. I also qualified in eleventh in the Boys class which I was pretty happy with,” Danielle said.
“In all the Girls classes I had first gate pick which was good to have under my belt,” Danielle added.
“In the 150cc/200cc-250cc Girls class I didn’t get off the gate very well so I was last off the gate. I passed a few people but I fell off in the first corner so that put me back.
“I was last then I caught up to seventh, and pushed myself the whole race, and managed to get up into second,” Danielle, who achieved the fastest time of 01:59.423 on Lap 3, said.
“I did it the hard way but it was good to get some points. In the 85cc/150cc Girls class I led from start to finish. I pulled away halfway through one of the races and had a little bit of bobble but I still managed to win,” Danielle said.
Danielle said she likes the sandy track and believes all those countless hours practicing on the sandy track at Rosebud has definitely helped. “Training at Rosebud definitely helped.
“It’s really rough, there are big braking bumps, and the sand really grips at your tyres, but it is good fun track,” she added.
The 15-year-old has had a sensational year on her dirt bike, winning her fourth consecutive Girls 12 to under-16 title the 2015 Penrite Hattah Desert Race in July, and finished third overall in the women’s 14+ class at the 2015 Amateur National Motocross Championship in the United States in August.
Danielle would also like to thank MotoTech Geelong, Oates MX Coaching, JC Suspension, KTM, Troy Lee Design, Main Event Fitness, Fist Handwear, Grovedale Carpet Court, West Coast Floors, Will Max Graphics, Motul, Oakley, and Pirelli Tyres.
She would also like to thank her parents for helping her get to Bunbury to compete in Australia’s biggest motocross competition for juniors. “It’s not cheap to go over there and race so I’d really like to say a massive thanks to them,” Danielle added.
On the rest of the AJMXC, Danielle added: “Thursday and Friday are my biggest days this week.
“I hope to try and get some good starts, be consistent and stay smart, and stay strong for all the races and keep fighting until the chequered flag,” she added.
The Australian Junior Motocross Championships takes place in Bunbury, Western Australia from September 23 to October 3. To follow the event through the week please visit: www.ajmxbunbury2015.com.au.