Tamara Gray and Courtney Knight with their 2010 YZ250Fs
Courtney Knight in action

Queensland Yamaha Girls Ready To Go

24 Feb 2010

The Queensland Yamaha Girls Motocross Team is poised to start its 2010 racing campaign this Sunday at the opening round of the Go-Girls Women’s Off-Road Series at Kingaroy. Courtney Knight, Tamara Gray and Brooke Thiemann will be looking for a strong start to the season on the all new 2010 YZ250F machines.

The already successful trio are aiming for bigger and better things in 2010 by looking to dominate the local Queensland races and achieve success on a national level.

Courtney Knight, the 16 year old from Currumbin on the Gold Coast, is the team’s rising star this year. Knight is riding for Team Moto Yamaha Moorooka and is eagerly anticipating her first season in the senior ranks. The former multiple junior state champion had this to say about her upcoming season:

“It feels like I have waited forever to progress through juniors and now compete at a senior level. It's something I have been looking forward to and working hard towards for a long time. I have put a lot of effort in over the past twelve months training with Stephen Gall and Y-AIM’s Chris Urquhart. So this season I am really hoping that I can rise to the challenge.”

Tamara Gray returns to racing this season after a knee reconstruction which dramatically cut short her 2009 season. Gray, now 26, represents the new Bayside Yamaha dealership at Capalaba. Holding multiple state titles herself she will no doubt be a strong force to be reckoned with on the start line. Residing in Holland Park in Brisbane, Gray commented on what this year holds for her.

“I am just enjoying being back on the bike right now. Eight months off was tough, I've never had such a big break, even after my back injury. However the batteries are fully recharged and I am just trying to spend as much time riding as I can. Fitting that in around a full time job is always tough, but I am doing my best and I am looking forward to seeing how this season pans out.”

Brooke Thiemann, current QLD #4 has returned for another season and as always will be a strong contender for any of the state based races. Thiemann, also the current QLD Natural Terrain MX Champion will be representing Caboolture Motorcycles. The 27 year old has recently moved to Traveston near Gympie securing her own personal riding compound which no doubt she will put to good use for defence of her crown in the latter part of the year.

“I had a great year last year, and with every year I seem to get better and better. I am just loving riding my bike right now and moving out to our new property has been fantastic. It’s everyone’s dream to ride straight from their back door and hopefully this year I can use that to my advantage.”

The team’s race calendar looks pretty full this year with the Go Girls Series, the Queensland Motocross Championships, the Queensland Natural Terrain Motocross Championships, Australian Motocross Championships and selected Off-Road and Dirt Track events scheduled.

As always the efforts of the team are made possible with the help of their sponsors. Yamaha, Team Moto Yamaha Moorooka, Bayside Yamaha, Caboolture Motorcycles, Fox, Motul, Alpinestars, Kustom MX, Ice-o-tonic Slush, GYTR, RK, Polisport, Hiflo Filtro, Vee Rubber, and JT sprockets. Dirt Bike Chix has also joined as a new sponsor this year supplying the girls with some inspiring casual apparel which you can check out on www.dirtbikechix.com.au.

Images: Daniel Mackenzie
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