Courtesy of Sharon Cox
Sara Andersen proved #325 racing career aims to win, taking EMX Women Round 3 Overall going 1-1 at Slagelse Motocross circuit in Denmark at the weekend.
Out racing her peers with sheer speed, claiming pole in Qualifying Race on Saturday, followed by taking early lead in Race 1 and repeat in Race 2, Sara finished 1st Overall with comfortable gap ahead of close rivals 4x WMX Champion Steffi Laier, and WMX Rider Lynn Valk bringing up 3rd place.
As Sara states: ‘The weekend went absolutely perfect! Saturday started out great. In free practice I was 4 seconds faster than rest of EMX Women! Free practice doesn’t count for anything at all, but it can still be important, because for the rest of the weekend I knew I was able to ride much faster if I really had to’.
‘In timed practice I was again the fastest rider on the track. In Qualifying race I was around 7th in the first corner, but I made some quick passes and took over the lead on lap 3 or so. I was really happy about my riding, because the track is really small and it’s hard to pass even the lappers’.
‘Sunday was even better and I started out the day with warm up, and I was again fastest girl on the track. Both my races were pretty similar. I got the hole-shot, made a gap and rode it home safe. Perfect weekend!
With great self-confidence in place, Sara wasn’t fazed by lack of racing previous EMX Women Rounds 1 and 2, having put in hard work at home, and training in Spain earlier in the year.
#325: ‘I just wanted to go out there and have fun. The best way to have fun is to win, and I knew I was able to win’.
‘I have not been riding all the EMX Women Rounds, but I wanted to prove to myself and everyone else that I could have been one of the girls competing for the Championship. And I think I did!’
Training and racing on hard-pack has provided necessary preparation for WMX Round 2 in Agueda this coming weekend, a track Sara likes finishing 10th Overall in 2018 WMX at MXGP of Portugal.
#325: ‘The track was hard-pack at the weekend, but I wouldn’t say it was good training for Portugal in any way. It’s very small and dusty… but the circuit in Portugal is great. I was there last year, but the weather was very bad and therefore also the track. But I think the track is nice and I can do well on a track like that’.
With plenty of confidence to race amongst the best Women MX Riders in the world, Sara makes most of developing her potential in between WMX Rounds- maintaining momentum to the final chequered at WMX Round 5, September 8th.
#325: ‘I will ride a lot of races in Denmark and Sweden in between WMX Rounds. And I will just keep working hard on and off the bike’.