Bates may claim motocross title

WITH only one round remaining of the WEM Women's Australian MX Championship, Sawtell teenager Ashlea Bates is in with a real shot of claiming the open-age national title.

The 17-year-old currently sits in third position on the series points list, 26 points behind world champion Katherine Prumm.

But Bates can easily make up that gap and take the national title as Prumm will be absent when the final round is competed on June 22.

The current standing is due to another consistent performance on the weekend at the Newry track in Victoria.

Despite wet conditions in the lead-up to the event, preparation of the track was up to a high standard with riders enjoying the very technical track even though it was rough.

Racing in a field of 21 riders, Bates had a terrible start to the opening race of the round.

She took off in third-last position but pushed the power button on her TC250 to move up to seventh spot by the first turn.

"Being a concrete start, my back tyre just lit up at the start so I put my head down and worked my way through the pack," she said.

"I ended up with an arm pump so I just tried to ride smoothly to finish the race."

Finishing in fourth position in the second and final race was enough for the local terror of the track to move up to third spot and find herself on the podium.

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