HM Plant Red Bull KTM’s Natalie Kane concluded her 2010 season yesterday in style with a 100% win record in the British Ladies Motocross Championship to clinch her fourth national title with total dominance at the final round at Blaxhall Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Kane, who has been battling a wrist injury for the majority of the year, confirmed that she is the fastest female motocross racer in the UK with another fine performance this weekend aboard her HM Plant Red Bull KTM 250 SX-F in the demanding, wet conditions earning maximum points once again in the British Ladies series.
19-year-old Kane overcame a technical problem in qualifying that left her just 17th on the gate for the races to dominate both of the 15-minute plus two-lap motos with a massive 40-second advantage in the first heat and 30 seconds in the second.
Kane has maintained a 100% win record to take her fourth British championship title with a 33-point advantage over second placed Stacey Fisher. Despite struggling with a lack of strength in her damaged wrist, Kane has been determined to finish the season and can be pleased she has managed to earn herself a creditable sixth place in the Women’s World Championship, as well as taking the British Championship honours.
Having achieved her aim of finishing the year, the Irish youngster can now focus on making a full recovery with surgery on the wrist she injured some months ago in a training incident. While throughout this season Natalie has seen many specialists, the broken bone in her wrist has continued to give her pain and having concluded her season she is intending to get it completely fixed before attacking the 2011 season.
Natalie Kane #44: British Ladies Champion 2010
“It was a good end to the season to win the British and to have won every race this year, even though the weather was pretty bad today. It’s been a tough year with injuries and it hasn’t quite gone to plan, so now I am going home to see another specialist about my wrist, which we think needs an operation as I have torn the ligaments off the bone that was broken. I’ve just been trying to finish off the season by taking painkillers and doing the exercises, but the team has been brilliant this year so thanks to everybody and to all the sponsors. Everyone has been so supportive and stuck by me even though I haven’t got the positions in the World Championship that I wanted to get and I haven’t done all the promotional stuff that I should have been doing because of the injury. I hope to stay where I am for next year, the KTM has been great and my aim is for results in the World Championship. I also hope to do some AMA women’s races next year, and ride in the main British Championship to help develop my confidence and speed, so there’s a lot to look forward to.”
Roger Magee: HM Plant Red Bull KTM Team Manager
“Natalie has been very determined throughout this season to continue racing regardless of the difficulties she has had with her problematic wrist injury, which has meant her season has been quite up and down. She now has another British Championship win, which is a credit to her determination as well as a very positive sixth position in the World. She has adapted to the KTM well this season and I’d like to thank all of our sponsors for helping us achieve another British championship, the team’s fourth in three years. I hope Natalie can now rest as well as get the wrist completely fixed before next year, where she will be once again aiming to win the World championship.”