ALBURY-Wodonga’s young champion Iilish Ross has made motorcycle history.
She recently became the first female in any discipline of sport to win in a male class when she competed in the Australian Junior Long Track Championships.
The 14-year-old beat the boys in the 13-under 16 boys standard wheel 85/150cc class at the championships, held at Raymond Terrace in Perth.
“The racing was incredibly close in every race,” Ross said yesterday.
“I was so pleased with how I rode and the results I managed to achieve.”
Ross also won two other national titles — the 11-under 16 girls 85-150cc class and the 13-under 16 girls 250cc class.
“It’s a nice record to achieve, especially after managing a third place in the same boys class at last year’s Australian championships,” she said.
“I really had my heart set on winning the boys race as well as the girls classes, which I also won last year.”
Ross will compete in four classes at this year’s Victorian GasGas senior and junior dirttrack titles at Broadford next weekend.
She will compete in the 13-under 16 girls 250cc, 11-under 16 girls 85cc, 13-under 16 boys 125cc and the 13-under 16 boys big wheel 85cc classes.
“I will be pushing to repeat my results from last year’s titles when I won both the girls classes.
“And I hope to achieve podium finishes in the boys classes.
“I finished second in one of the boys classes last year so it would be nice to improve on that.
“I love the track at Broadford. It’s one of my favourites. Dirt-track racing is always so close and the slightest mistake can cost you the race.
“I’d really like to thank my dirt-track coach Josh Antone, Stef Redman and Phil Ivanoff, who builds all my bikes and helps me out on race days. Also Yamaha Australia and Whitehouse Motorcycles.
“Racing in both the junior and senior classes will be really intense and exciting so I can’t wait. It will be a tough and demanding weekend but I’m really looking forward to it.”
Racing on Strath Creek Road, off the Hume Highway, will start at 9am on both days.