Fresh from her win at the opening FIM World Trial’s Championship round in the Czech Republic just four days earlier Emma Bristow had no time to enjoy her victory as she had to switch back to the Sherco Enduro machine for the XGames in Austin, Texas, USA.
The current Ladies FIM SuperEnduro World Champion finished 5th after a close battle for 4th in the closing laps of the race. Based at the famous ‘Circuit Of The Americas’ the event took place in blistering heat and humidity on the fast open track with big jumps with not many technical elements to the circuit.
A full starting grid of 12 qualifiers raced in the final which was broadcast on live television and attracted thousands of spectators. Emma set the 4th quickest lap time on her ‘Hot Lap’ not far from the front runners but after a bad start in the race she worked hard to fight her way back to a 5th place finish.
Emma Bristow: “I love this event as it’s simply an amazing experience to race in front of such huge crowds. I am a little disappointed with my result as I know I can ride much quicker but because of my world trials commitments it has made it hard to practise for the event”.
“On reflection it was always going to be hard to go from the trials discipline straight into the XGames- EnduroCross and a ‘race mode’ so I am pleased to walk away with 5th place. I am determined to return to Austin next year and compete for a medal”.
“The Sherco 250SEF was brilliant in the race and I have to thank the factory and Sherco USA for making it possible for me to race in the XGames – Thank you”.