Junior Albury-Wodonga rider Illish Ross’ 2014 Victorian dirt track title hopes suffered a blow at Mildura’s Jambaroo Park last weekend, the 14-year-old returning home with a headache rather than silverware for the trophy cabinet.
Ross was competing against the boys in the 13 to under-16 125cc class when a rider in front of her went down and she was unable to avoid him, ending up on the track.
“I told my dad that I wanted to keep going but apparently I was a little concussed so he sat me out for that race and I ended up going to hospital for a check-up,”she said.
“I have a little bit of bruising, but other than that I’m OK.
“I was just about to pass into second but he went down in front of me and I had nowhere to go.”
She said incidents like these happen in racing and it won’t be the end of her 2014 season.
“Hopefully I’ll be racing again in two weeks,” she said.
“You’re never going to keep me down.”
Victorian Championship events are run under strict safety conditions with Motorcycling Victoria, the State Controlling Body for motorcycle sport, always ensuring rider safety is of paramount importance.
Ross will compete in the Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships in Cowra on April 19 to 21.