Meghan Rutledge is a household name in the Australian Motocross (MX) discipline. 2019 will see her head over to compete in the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship! With an impressive resume that includes being a runner up in the 2013 and 2014 FIM Women’s World Motocross Championship, Women’s Champion of the Hattah Desert Race, plus being crowned 2018 Queen of MX!
Rutledge sat down with Motorcycling Australia to give an insight into her experiences competing overseas, her proudest achievements to date and what she misses most about home back ‘down under’.
What event/series are you currently preparing for or currently competing in?
In 2019 I will be competing in the King of MX series, East Coast MX Series, Australian Womens MX Campionships, Hattah Desert Race and at this stage only the first round of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship.
What’s the best thing about racing overseas?
I love the fierce competition and how there is such a large number of women that compete overseas! Plus, I get to travel and see some amazing parts of the world.
What have you found to be the hardest thing when adapting to your new country?
I find the language barriers really hard over in Europe! Things like being able to read a food menu to know what exactly you are ordering is surprisingly difficult.
What do you miss most about home?
My family, my friends, my dog and a familiar language.
How are you preparing for your upcoming event?
My on and off bike training has picked up and I’m in the gym two times a day, whilst also mountain bike riding. I make sure i do on-bike training most if not every weekend and also changed my eating plans to help with my fitness goals, plush helping keep my energy levels where they need to be.
What’s been a highlight for you in your racing career?
At 16 years old I took a race win at my first ever AMA event in the Women’s class, which equalled the feeling I got when finishing runner up in the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championships in 2013 and 2014.
What is your single most motivating force?
I am very self motivated but my partner Aaron will never let me fall off track. He keeps my head clear and my feet grounded, and that helps keep my motivation exactly where it needs to be to be.
Who has helped you the most in your career?
Definitely without a doubt my parents! They have been there for the full 18 years of my racing life. Now with my partner Aaron Lincoln joining the force he has become the person I look to for advice when I need it. I feel like he has stepped up and really pushed me to be the best version of myself, refusing to let me give up on my dream. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have even thought about going back to competing in World Championships, and to be 100% honest I think I would’ve given up racing in back 2017.
Tell us a bit more about what you hope to achieve and what you have already achieved?
This year my ultimate goal would be to walk away completely successful in Australia, just like my 2018 season. In Europe for Round 1 of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship I would love to see myself back up on the podium!
In 2018 I was crowned Queen of MX, I finished first in the Australian Women’s MX Championships and the Women’s Hattah Desert race.
In 2013 and 2014 I finished runner up in the FIM Women’s World Championships.
Do you have a special message for your fans back home?
I really appreciate all my fans support and will strive to do my absolute best and make everyone proud.
Favourite thing to do besides motorcycling?
Downhill mountain bike riding and jet skiing!
Embarrassing fact about you?
I am petrified of the dark…
Describe yourself in three words
Fun, energetic, outgoing