Australian Women’s Enduro Development (AWED) rider and multiple Australian Champion, Alison Parker, completed her ninth Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE) in Portland, NSW last week with another podium finish. Parker steered her Yamaha WR250F to third place in the 2010 event making it nine straight podiums for Parker in nine appearances at the prestigious event.
Parker battled hard throughout the four days and is happy to again be on the podium, behind fellow Yamaha riders Jessica Gardiner and Jemma Wilson.
“This event was fantastic. The trails were challenging, special tests spectacular and, thanks to some pre-event rainfall, there was no dust all week” stated Parker.
“I’m so pleased that the standard of female enduro rider in Australia continues to improve. I expected the younger women to catch me eventually and 2010 has been the year”.
“I’m also very delighted that, despite dramas early in the event, all but one female competitor was still riding on the final day”.
Parker is now preparing to travel to Europe where she will contest the inaugural International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) Women’s Enduro World Cup in Italy, Poland and France.
“I am so pleased that the FIM has recognised that women’s racing has developed to a point where an individual championship is warranted” said Parker.
“I have always made an effort to support races that support women and this is no exception. I consider competing in this World Cup a natural progression in my own career, after strong result both in Australia and at three previous International Six Days Enduros (ISDE)”.
AWED coaching commitments have increased in 2010, with all-female riding schools now being held in QLD, with Jacqui Beattie and Parker, and in NSW, with Level 2 coach, Kellie Meehan.
The next events for AWED are a fundraiser cruise in Mooloolaba, QLD on 1st May (contact Lance Ashton on 045864090 for further information) and all-female riding schools at Kenilworth on 2nd May (contact Jacqui Beattie on 0412 629 936) and Fairbairn Park, ACT on 15th and 16th May (contact Kellie Meehan on 0402 198 400).
AWED would like to thank Yamaha, GYTR, Yamalube, Suspension Matters, Fox, Barkbusters, Scott, Unifilter, Pirelli, Whipp’s Alloy Products, Quick Access Computing, Nine Two Decals, Galvin Constructions, Jamie Mackay Photography, Club Y and Camelbak for their ongoing support.