I threw the bike away from myself and closed my eyes.
I very clearly remember thinking I was in big trouble and suddenly felt myself slam headfirst into the hard dirt, followed by my left hand shoulder and side.
I have been riding motorcycles on road for around 10 years but only in the last twelve months had I taken up dirt bikes on my 2007 KX125.
Sunday, 8 June 2014, I was competing in my first ever race, Round 1 of the Ulinga Cup at Beverley Districts Motorcycle Club. I was in the Vets/Ladies race. I wore a Fox V3 Helmet, Scott Goggles, TLD Jersey, TLD Pants, TLD Gloves, Fox Comp 5 Boots, a soft One Industries Vest, a pair of Polisport Knee Guards and my boyfriend’s old Leatt GPX Neck Brace.
I was happy with my performance throughout race one, and even happier in race two when I made a passing manoeuvre and stuck it to finish out the race in second last position, rather than dead last.
I was with a big group of friends who all had their own bikes. I encouraged one of them to use my bike in his last race as he wasn’t taking the racing that seriously anyway and my bike could do with a good run since I was a novice and rarely used it to it’s full potential. He came back from the race and handed the bike over, I went to start it – no kick starter! It had fallen off on the course somewhere. He offered his bike up, a KX250F and I jumped on and raced to the starting gates.
I noticed straight away that the throttle was ridiculously more responsive than the KX125 but continued on and started the race anyway. I got to the end of the start straight and decided this wasn’t the best idea to continue on as I was uncomfortable but since I wasn’t really aware of where to pull off the track safely, I decided to continue at a slower pace and pull off after one lap. I’d gotten to a left-hander that had been getting rougher throughout the day and by this stage had some intense breaking bumps just before the corner on the outside line. I hit the first breaking bump and must have accidently grabbed a handful of throttle and sent myself, FMX style, over the berm.
I threw the bike away from myself and closed my eyes. I very clearly remember thinking I was in big trouble and suddenly felt myself slam headfirst into the hard dirt, followed by my left hand shoulder and side. I was able to stand, and wheel the bike back to my pit tent kindly assisted by a gentleman that was attempting to get a better view of the track. He said I was heading right for him and was lucky to miss him. Another lady said she’d seen the whole thing and was surprised I’d gotten up because “it was huge!”.
Although a little dazed and confused I was fine. I had a really sore, stiff neck, a grazed shoulder and leg, muscle soreness but nothing broken. My helmet took the brunt of the crash as the foam lining pulled away from the shell and broken up from the jaw line and up the cheek, won’t be wearing that one again!! I 100% believe, with every fibre of my being, even though I wasn’t seen to by medics, had it not been for my neck brace, I’d have left the track in the back of an ambulance or helicopter, just as someone else had done the same day under the same circumstances.
I’m very lucky and so, so grateful that your product was there for me so thank you so much for doing what you’re doing and keep up the good work!
Perth, Western Australia