‘You ride like a girl’, I wish I was as fast as these girls!

2022 Penrite ProMX Championship
Round Four – Gillman, SA – May 29

EziLift MXW

In the dark past, not so long ago, there used to be wind-ups and mickey taking to fellow riders along the lines of, “you should give it up, mate. You ride like a girl!”

After witnessing the first two rounds of the Ezilift ProMX Women’s Championship, there’s a lot of blokes out there, including yours truly, that wish they could indeed ride a motocross layout as demanding as Gillman, like one of these girls.

Yes, in the past there have been plenty of ladies that have featured in road racing but not as many in motocross at a top level.

In the 21st millennium that has definitely changed, as there are several young ladies that would have many guys choking on their roosts.

The entrant numbers mightn’t be the same as their male counterparts, with 22 on track, but for anyone – male or female – to attempt to conquer the Gillman layout, They must have a certain level of talent, competitive spirit and desire, but those at the front of the MXW field are seriously talented and amply demonstrated the determination and commitment that is required to conquer the challenges of a motocross track, male or female – particularly at a national level.

Gillman hosted the second round of the women’s title after the opening round at Wonthaggi back in March. Admittedly it was much the same as far as who finished where and most of the racing was processional, but it was still impressive to watch their ability on the track that ever-changing and as many lines as the track was wide.

It confirms what I have uttered during my commentary for years: Motorsport is a level playing field for all. Don your riding gear, whether leathers or dirt gear, helmets boots and gloves, and you are just another competitor to beat. Our sport is truly equal for all and there are more and more women getting out on tracks at their attraction to adrenaline.

Charli Cannon

Charli Cannon (Yamalube Yamaha Racing) is the pacesetter in women’s motocross in Australia and has won all four races in style. Earlier in the year at the Queensland state titles, Cannon won the MX3 class and beat all the boys in the process…

She also entered the Maxxis MX3 class at the second round qualifying in Mackay, 23rd (out of 48 entries) but was imposed a three-spot penalty due to a track infringement. Brother. Jake was 22nd, just 0.641 sec in front. Unfortunately, she was forced to withdraw from the meeting after injuring her ankle during that session.

No doubt there is some great sibling banter between the pair on the training track!

The track was confronting to all riders and the way the women rode the track reflected their ability, evident with some of the lap times in qualifying.

Emma Milesevic

With Cannon’s form reflected that she was obviously the favorite to be fastest in qualifying, and that she was, Charli’s time of 2:13.013 would’ve placed her ninth in the MX3 class.

Emma Milesevic (Team HRC Honda Racing), Madison Healy (Shepparton MC Honda) and Madison Brown (Yamaha) were next quickest. Milesevic’s time would’ve put her 18th in MX3. Not too shabby at all.

EziLift MXW Moto One

By the time came round for their first 15-minute+1 lap moto, the track had been carved up severely by the four qualifying sessions, a MX1 Superpole session and two motos, so the ruts were getting close to axle-deep.

EziLift MXW Moto One

Cannon, as expected, headed off to establish a five-second lead over Milesevic after the opening lap, and by three-laps down the talented Queenslander had over 33-seconds in hand to second place.

EziLift MXW Moto One

While Cannon was firing up front, the battle for third between the two Madison’s; Healey and Brown, along with Taylor Thompson, was extremely entertaining as they didn’t give each other an inch swapping positions a few times. Thompson holding down third until the second last lap as she made a slight mistake that allowed Brown and Healey to get through for third and fourth respectively.

Cannon took the flag by over half-a-lap over Milesevic. Brown third after getting the better of Healey on the last lap, after the latter also made a mistake in the closing stages.

Charli Cannon

EziLift MXW Moto One Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Charli CANNON Yamaha YZF 250 17m55.495
2 Emma MILESEVIC Honda CRF 250 +42,454
3 Madison BROWN Yamaha YZF 250 +55.258
4 Madison HEALEY Honda CRF 250 +1m13.998
5 Taylor THOMPSON Yamaha YZF 250 +1m38.647
6 Amy PARTSCH KTM SXF 250 +1m55.805
7 Amie ROBERTS Yamaha YZF 250 +2m09.951
8 Danielle FOOT Husqvarna TE 250 +2m12.744
9 Emma HAYLOCK Husqvarna FC 250 +1 Lab
10 Tahlia DREW Yamaha YZF 250 +1 Lab
11 Holli GEEVES Yamaha YZF 250 +1 Lab
12 Tarja MORRIS Honda CRF 250 +1 Lab
13 Brooke MARCUS Yamaha YZ 250 +1 Lab
14 Megan BAGNALL Honda CRF 250 +1 Lab
15th SAMANTHA MACARTHUR KTM EXC 150 +1 Lab
16 Sienna GIUDICE KTM SXF 250 +1 Lab
17 Holly VAN DER BOOR Yamaha YZF 250 +2 Laps
18 Charlotte BERRILL Honda CRF 250 +2 Laps
19 Keira COLLINS Husqvarna FC 250 +2 Laps
20 Ellie BEECROFT Yamaha YZF 250 +3 Laps
21 Naomi Findlay Yamaha WR 250 +3 Laps

EziLift MXW Moto Two

The second MXW moto was the last event of the day, and it was contested in the most trying conditions. The clouds had closed in, the wind had picked up volume and, after a full day’s riding by three other classes, the track was brutally unforgiving.

EziLift MXW Moto Two

It appeared for all money that the forecast weather report for a massive rain dump was about to occur.

Thankfully, the rains did hold off, but the fourth round missed being completely flooded out by a little over four hours. Monday dawned and what was once an excellent motocross track had been transformed into an area more suited for jet boat racing.

This is what Gillman looked like the day after racing, ProMX dodged a bullet.

The weather gods must like motocross.

Charli Cannon

As for the second leg, Cannon again, grabbed the holeshot but Milesevic stormed out of the gates determined to give Cannon a run. For half a lap Emma was right with Cannon, almost grabbing the lead, but the Honda rider slightly overcooked a corner, tagged the rear wheel of Cannon’s Yamaha and almost came to grief.

That was the end of her assault, but it has given her that little bit of confidence that she will work on in order to try and close the gap to the pacesetter at the MXW final round at Coolum in August.

Emma Milesevic

If you happen to be at the final round of the ProMX series at Coolum in mid-August when the girls take to the track, please don’t dismiss it as a novelty event. Hang on the fence for a while and just see how talented these individuals are. You’ll be impressed.

WMX Round Podium
Charli Cannon
Emma Milesevic
Madison Brown

EziLift MXW Moto Two Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Charli CANNON Yamaha YZF 250 18m10,690
2 Emma MILESEVIC Honda CRF 250 +16.018
3 Madison BROWN Yamaha YZF 250 +1m01.281
4 Madison HEALEY Honda CRF 250 +1m14.757
5 Tahlia DREW Yamaha YZF 250 +m:00.432
6 Amie ROBERTS Yamaha YZF 250 +2m13.274
7 Danielle FOOT Husqvarna TE 250 +2m31.029
8 Amy PARTSCH KTM SXF 250 +1 Lab
9 Emma HAYLOCK Husqvarna FC 250 +1 Lab
10 Holli GEEVES Yamaha YZF 250 +1 Lab
11 Megan BAGNALL Honda CRF 250 +1 Lab
12 Tarja MORRIS Honda CRF 250 +1 Lab
13 Holly VAN DER BOOR Yamaha YZF 250 +1 Lab
14 Brooke MARCUS Yamaha YZ 250 +1 Lab
15th SAMANTHA MACARTHUR KTM EXC 150 +1 Lab
16 Sienna GIUDICE KTM SXF 250 +1 Lab
17 Keira COLLINS Husqvarna FC 250 +2 Laps
18 Charlotte BERRILL Honda CRF 250 +2 Laps
19 Naomi Findlay Yamaha WR 250 +3 Laps
20 Ellie BEECROFT Yamaha YZF 250 +3 Laps
Charli Cannon

EziLift MXW Points

Pos Rider Bike Total
1 Charli CANNON Yamaha 100
2 Emma MILESEVIC Honda 88
3 Madison BROWN Yamaha 80
4 Madison HEALEY Honda 66
5 Amie ROBERTS Yamaha 59
6 Danielle FOOT Husqvarna 57
7 Amy PARTSCH KTM 52
8 Tahlia DREW Yamaha 40
9 Holli GEEVES Yamaha 40
10 Taylah McCUTCHEON Yamaha 36
11 Megan BAGNALL Honda 34
12 Holly VAN DER BOOR Yamaha 30
13 Taylor THOMPSON Yamaha 27
14 Emma HAYLOCK Husqvarna 24
15th Tanesha HARNETT Honda 24
16 Sienna GIUDICE KTM 23
17 SAMANTHA MACARTHUR KTM 20
18 Tarja MORRIS Honda 18
19 Keira COLLINS Husqvarna 16
20 Brooke MARCUS Yamaha 15th
21 Charlotte BERRILL Honda 13
22 Samantha BEECROFT Yamaha 7
23 Ellie BEECROFT Yamaha 6
24 Stefanie TEIXEIRA Honda 6
25 Naomi Findlay Yamaha 2

2021 Australian ProMX Championship Calendar

  1. March 27 – Wonthaggi, VIC
  2. April 10 – Mackay, QLD
  3. May 1 – Wodonga, VIC
  4. May 29 – Gillman, SA
  5. June 26 – Maitland, NSW
  6. July 24 – Coffs Harbor, NSW
  7. August 14 – QLD Moto Park, QLD
  8. August 20-21 – Coolum, QLD

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