Enduro legend Jess Gardiner swaps dirt for tar at Wakefield Park

Six time ISDE world champion Jess Gardiner will swap the dirt that she has dominated for so long for the tarmac and a Yamaha YZF-R7 on Anzac Day, as part of an exclusive women only track day at Wakefield Park Raceway.

In the off-road arena, Jess is unstoppable, with the inspirational 29-year-old running her own Yamaha JGR Ballard off road team. Fresh from a dominant performance at the AORC even in Queensland, she’s keen to share her experiences with female riders.

“I’ve never ridden a road bike on a circuit before so I’m pretty excited,” Jess said. “Who knows, this could be the start of my road racing career.”

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In an event organised by Motorcycling NSW and Stay Upright, the Australian Women in Motorcycling (AWIM) Circuit Racing Academy day promises to be an unforgettable experience packed with opportunities for women of all riding levels.

Gardiner will join road racers such as Peter Goddard, Steve Martin and Laura Brown for multiple on-track coaching sessions based on ability and experience level.

“I will also be involved in the off-track presentations and will chat about how to get involved in our sport and will be fielding questions, so come on down and say hi,” she added.

Gardiner, who has been an inspiration for women since becoming Australia’s first female enduro world champion back in 2013, will talk dirt track racing too, having also helped Yamaha with its BLU Cru pop-ups at various events.

Entries are still open to female riders through Motorcycling Australia, regardless of skill or racing discipline. Tickets are $175 and you’ll need to bring your own bike and gear/leathers. Everything else will be supplied, including lunch.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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