ASHLEA Bates has moved back into second place on the rankings with one round remaining in the Australian Women's Motocross championships.
But she faces an uphill battle stopping world champion Katherine Prumm from taking the title after finishing runner-up to the New Zealand-based rider in both round three events held in Toowoomba on the weekend.
Before heading to Echo Valley the Boambee teenager said she wanted to overtake Kristie Gillespie before issuing a challenge to Prumm.
"She said she'd do it and she was true to her word," mum Jo reported.
"Kristie got into trouble in both races and finished out of the placings. The rain made conditions terrible and they were riding all over the place in mud and slush which probably suited Katherine better than the other competitors."
Prumm cleared out in both six-lap races winning event one by 1min: 22.091sec and the second event by almost two minutes.
Riders now head to Horsham in Victoria for the final round on July 15.