TRADITIONALLY postie bikes are used to deliver mail but this Sunday, November 1, Albury-Wodonga motorcycle star Iilish Ross will ride the iconic machine around the closed streets of Cessnock in New South Wales in the hope to sign and seal a strong result during the 2015 Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix.
The 16-year-old Australian junior dirt track champion will race a Honda CT1 100 Postie Bike as part of the Central Hunter Police Force’s community engagement event to emphasise and promote safe and lawful motorcycling.
“The Australian Royal Hotel in Cessnock nominated me and Amy Webb from Coffs Harbour in a team. We’re the only girl team that has ever competed at the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix. Neither of us has ever ridden a postie bike before but we’re keen on giving it a go,” Iilish said.
Iilish will be looking forward to racing in the closed streets of Cessnock in a Le Mans-style start that goes for 24-laps. A single rider must not ride in excess of 14 of the 24-laps and will incur a one-minute penalty if found breaking the rule.
“It’s all to have a bit of fun really. We’ll be racing against the guys so we’ll be aiming for a reasonable finish for our first time out and come back better and stronger next year once we know what the competition is all about,” Iilish said.
Iilish expects the event to be a little bit different from racing more powerful road bikes like she does during the Australian Superbike Championships. “Postie bikes don’t go too fast. I think they get up to about 80-90km/h. They’re pretty standard and we’re not allowed to do a lot of modifications to them,” she said.
“We’re hoping for a good result and show to everyone out there that females can mix it with the boys,” Iilish added.
Iilish would like to thank Tonzi Race Graphics, Coffs Motorcycles, Motul, Pirelli, Flick’s Sportswear, Chaz Hern Racing, Bell Helmets, RST Leathers, and the Australian Royal Hotel.
The Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix will kick-start a busy period of racing for Iilish who will be competing for the next five weekends.
On November 7-8, she’ll be racing in a 50 kilometre endurance race in Mallala, South Australia, will take part two consecutive dirt track practice weekends, compete in the 2015 Motul Victorian Road Racing Championships on November 28-29 at Broadford, and contest the Victorian Dirt Track Championships in Albury-Wodonga on December 5.
You can follow Iilish’s progress throughout the summer on her official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Snoop-Iilish-Ross-Racing-21.