COURTNEY Whyte-Dennis (pictured right) is used to pushing herself in motocross, but she’ll be taking it to another level when she ventures to Europe next month to put her talents to the test.
Recently racing in Australia’s MX2 pro class, Whyte-Dennis has secured an opportunity to compete in the final two rounds of the FIM women’s championship.
With family in Echuca, she has a strong connection to the local area with Moto Shack Echuca also a supporter providing help with her bikes.
She will head to the Assen circuit in the Netherlands for round five of the women’s championship on September 10, before heading to France’s Villars-sous-Ecot circuit for the final round a week later.
Having raced motocross for 10 years, Whyte-Dennis said she’d been enjoying competing at a state and national level for the last four.
‘‘There’s no one specific thing I like about it; I love everything about the sport from training to racing,’’ she said.
‘‘Every race is a challenge and nothing is ever easy. I like the adrenaline rush and the feeling of success.’’
Having placed second in the women’s class of the Victorian titles, she also currently leads the Gippsland championships, stepping up to the national level with recent appearances in the MX2 class.
Whyte-Dennis said the high level of competition has made her a better racer.
‘‘It’s the biggest challenge by far in Australia because it’s the top level over here,’’ she said.
‘‘But at the same time, I know I’m not in contention for a title racing with those guys so it’s all just about having fun with no expectations, and I really enjoy racing that class even though it’s a big challenge.’’
She secured a position with the I-Fly JK Yamaha Racing team, where she will ride an unfamiliar Yamaha YZ250F.
Used to competing against the men in MX2, Whyte-Dennis said the Women’s World Championship would be even hotter competition.
‘‘Comparing the MX2 boys in Australia to the front-runners in the girl’s in Europe, they wouldn’t be far off the top guys over here,’’ she said.
‘‘That will be the biggest challenge to date as I’ll be on a different bike brand and set-up over there to what I race here in Australia.
‘‘There are a lot of girls that race here in Australia but a lot of them also don’t support a lot of the bigger events which is disappointing.
‘‘But in saying that, last year’s women’s national round at Coolum was the biggest field at the nationals that weekend.’’