LOCAL rider Jessica Moore is the new Australian women’s motocross champion.
The KTM rider was one of 29 females who took to the track at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast last month for the final of the MX Nationals.
Though Meghan Rutledge proved early she was one of the women to watch over the weekend, posting the fastest time during qualifying, Moore was second quickest followed by defending women’s champion Maddy Brown.
In race one, Brown and Rutledge pulled away from the pack to battle for the lead but on lap six, Rutledge went down in a turn leaving Brown to victory followed by Moore and Tayla Jones.
In race two, Brown again launched to the race lead but Rutledge was soon on her tail.
However, on lap two, both riders went down whilst battling for the lead, leaving Moore to move in to top position ahead of Emma Milesevic and Jones.
The following day saw the third race with Brown and Rutledge again battling for the lead, with Rutledge winning from Brown and Moore.
In the final race, Moore took the holeshot but after one lap, Milesevic had snatched the race lead.
After two laps, Rutledge closed in and made a pass on Milesevic to move in to number one, while Moore dropped back to third and Brown surprisingly in sixth.
But by lap five, Brown had moved up to fourth and she soon made the pass on Moore.
As the race reached its final stages, positions looked as if they had been decided, however, when the chequered flag was displayed, Brown slowed down prematurely allowing Moore to snatch back third position on the line, costing Brown the championship.
The race win went to Rutledge ahead of Milesevic in second.
“It’s been four years since I’ve raced a women’s national, just because of injuries and stuff like that, so to take it out today is unbelievable,” Moore said.
“The way we did it in that last race: I pumped up, and I was so far back, and I saw that Maddy shut off early and I just went for it and took it across the line.”
Moore won the championship by just four points from Brown on 123 and Rutledge on 119.