The Oceania region will be well represented at the opening round of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship at Valkenswaard, Netherlands this coming weekend. Making the trek is Meghan Rutledge (Australia), Tahlia ‘TJ’ O’Hare (Australia) and Courtney Duncan (New Zealand), who are currently putting the final touches to their race preparation in what is set to be an exciting season!
Over 40 of the world’s most talented female Motocross (MX) riders have entered the event for the opening round of the World Championship and all will be fighting for a place on the podium.
Australia’s current Women’s MX Champion, Rutledge, has also travelled to the Netherlands to compete in Round 1 of the Women’s World MX Championships. Meghan will be the surprise package for the event having not competed on the world stage for a little while, but she is currently fitter, stronger and riding with a level of skill and determination that will see her battling with the top riders for a place on the podium.
Motorcycling Australia caught up with TJ who recently relocated to Europe in February this year to follow her dreams and further her racing career. Based in Belgium with the KTM DIGA Racing Team, TJ has been putting in a solid effort training on and off the bike with the team and also having several opportunities to ride across Europe.
“I’m really enjoying the whole experience and I’m very thankful to the team for helping me bring out the best in my riding,” highlighted TJ.
Keep an eye out for the talented young gun from Australia as she hits the World stage for the first time this weekend!
New Zealand’s Courtney Duncan, riding for her new team Bike it DRT Kawasaki will be looking to go that final step, which has eluded her previously, to take out the women’s World Championship. Courtney is no stranger to the intense competition, and will no doubt be out there giving it her all!
The stage is set for some explosive action in the women’s MX scene. This weekend’s event is arguably one of the most exciting women’s sports in the world! Make sure you stay tuned and support our girls over on the world stage, giving their all and doing Australia and New Zealand proud!
Further information on the event can be found here.
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