Teenage sensation Meghan Rutledge has won the 2011 Motul Pirelli Australian Women’s Motocross Championship in Coolum.
The 16-year-old from Picton, New South Wales, mastered the wet and muddy conditions to win all five motos, putting together one of the most dominant performances seen at a national championship.
Making her achievement all the more remarkable was that this was the Kawasaki star’s debut at a senior national championship event.
Two Kiwis at the event – Rangiora’s Kimberley Murphy and Raetihi’s Letitia Alabaster – had a difficult time of it.
Murphy, riding for the Motul Suzuki Team, finished 14-10-3-3-17 in her five races, while Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Alabaster (pictured above) managed 8-5-18-14-4 in her five outings.
Murphy finished the championship ranked seventh overall, while Alabaster wound up eighth overall.
A delighted Rutledge said to become the latest in a long list of star riders to win the Australian Women’s Motocross Championship was a huge honour.
“I absolutely stoked,” Rutledge said.
“It’s been my first year of seniors and to win the Australian Motocross Championship is such a big accomplishment and I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved.”
Reigning champion Kristy Gillespie couldn’t match Rutledge, settling for second in four of the five motos and second overall in the championship.
Western Australian young gun Jess Moore rounded out the podium positions, with top five finishes in all motos including a second in the final race of the championship.
The 2009 Champion, Tori Dare, and Queensland star Courtney Knight rounded out the top five finishers.
WMX Championship Class
1 Meghan Rutledge (Kawasaki)
2 Kristie Gillespie (KTM)
3 Jess Moore (Honda)
Womens Lites Support
1 Caprice Russell
2 Karissa Jones
3 Chelsea Gray
Junior Girls Lites Support
1 Mackenzie Tricker
2 Tayla Jones
3 Alexa Whyte
Junior Girls 85cc/150cc 12-u16 Support
1 Tayla Jones
2 Codie Winston
3 Bailey Sanders
Junior Girls 85cc/150cc 9-u12 Support
1 Chelsea Carter
2 Taylah Haidley
© Main photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
This photo by Mat Cox shows New Zealand’s Kimberley Murphy (bike N1) in close pursuit of eventual winner Meghan Rutledge.