She made hard work for herself, but, in the end, her talent shone through and Taihape’s Sarah Elwin celebrated another winning performance at the weekend.
The 20-year-old was simply too slick for her rivals in the women’s class at the weekend’s annual Waikato Motocross Championships near Te Kuiti.
Elwin took her Yamaha YZ250F into the lead early in each race, but uncharacteristic mistakes in the day’s first two of three races left her sampling the soil and she was twice forced to battle through the entire field to take the wins.
She then made it three wins from three starts with a perfect start-to-finish win in the last women’s race of the day, leading Te Awamutu’s Rachael Archer and Cambridge’s Amber Harris to the top of the podium.
“It was a bit of a rough start to the day and I certainly made things difficult for myself,” Elwin agreed.
“I just needed to relax and concentrate on riding my own races. The heat was intense and I was a long way behind (after dropping the bike) and just had to keep telling myself not to give up, just to keep going.
“It was good to see Rachel (Archer) and Amber (Harris) riding their 85cc bikes so well and giving everyone a run for their money.
Tauranga’s Oceanna Hardwidge finished fourth overall on the day at Te Kuiti, with Te Awamutu’s Chloe Steel rounding out the top five.
Struggling with her fitness, former national champion Elwin had been disappointed that she finished only third overall at the women’s national near Opunake last month.
“I’ve not been 100 percent lately and I will now rest up to let my old shoulder and back injuries heal properly before my next big event, the annual Whakatane Summercross just after Christmas,” said Elwin.
Elwin is supported by Motorcycle Central, MX Antix, Ndub Designs, Moss Institute, BikesportNZ.com, Oakley goggles and SFX Seats.
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