Bristow makes a stunning start to defence of her world crown

Emma Bristow.
Emma Bristow.

Emma Bristow has begun the defence of her Ladies’ FIM World Trials in spectacular fashion.

She came away from the opening two rounds of this year’s series, held just outside the small village of Sokolov in the Czech Republic, on top of the points table.

Emma, from Alford, finished second in round one behind Rebekah Cook, but won round two to sit in first spot in the standings, two points ahead of her fellow Brit.

“I am very happy to come away from the two days of competition with the championship lead on the Sherco,” she said.

“On day one I did not ride to my true form, but I used my experience to move into the lead after the second lap.

“A five mark penalty on section six pushed me off the top spot of the podium. Day two was a fresh start and with it I showed why I am the Ladies’ World Trials champion with a very comfortable victory.

“I parted with just a single mark on section one on my first lap and followed this up with two consistent lap scores of six on both the second and third laps to take the top spot on the podium.”

The organising club had a laid out 12 hazards to be ridden three times around a 10km course for the 23 ladies competing.

Due to the nature of the terrain, some of the hazards were changed slightly for day two.

The estimated 2,000 spectators watched the action unfold in the predominantly wooded area which had a river running through it.

“The whole team has worked very well this weekend and once again I have proved how good the Sherco machine is on a wide selection of hazards,” Emma added.

“I would like to thank all my sponsors who keep me at the cutting edge of the sport in the world of ladies.”