Danielle Foot is on a mission to set her own Finke Desert Race record straight. Foot placed second in the 250cc two-stroke class in 2017 and was determined to go one place better in 2018. A crash on day-one of the 2018 race resulted in a broken collar bone and pausing her Finke plans for another 12-months.
“It was disappointing to crash out last year,” said the Victorian lady racer. “I was well prepared and ready for a tough race but it was cut short and I ended up having surgery to repair my collar bone. But I’m back this year determined to give it my best. I’ve been training hard off the bike and enjoying some quality riding so I’m keen to see how I go.”
Danielle Foot will be racing her fourth Finke Desert Race this year, having started in 2016 where she recorded a very impressive 72nd place overall. The determined racer from Geelong, 76km west of Melbourne will race a Sherco 250 SE Factory edition with backing from Road and River Sherco.
“I love the 250 two-stoke Sherco,” Foot explained. “It’s a lot of fun because it has great power that is well suited to racing the desert. It is very responsive which is great for immediate throttle response, but it’s smooth and strong. It can pull gears and burn through the desert like a missile. Plus, it has a tough two-stroke sound that makes me smile. I love it. Racing Finke is different to any other racing I do. You need to be in the right mode for fast, high-energy racing and I can’t wait.”
While the 250cc class win is in her sights, Foot also stands a great chance at becoming the fastest female racer at Finke 2019.
“The fastest female title would be great, but I just want to do my best and see how far up the field I can get.”
The Finke Desert Race will be held in Alice Springs over the June long weekend, June 7 -10. Up to 600 riders will race a 226km track south from Alice Springs to Apatula on the ancient Finke River before racing back to Alice Springs the following day.
More information can be found at www.finkedesertrace.com.au
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