Rebecca Bateman has turned to the Supermoto Cup Series this season.
Rebecca Bateman has turned to the Supermoto Cup Series this season.

Super rider on track



A SPATE of injuries has forced Husky Chick Racing rider Rebecca Bateman to step away from motocross for a time and focus on Supermoto competition, starting with the second round of the Moto Mayhem Supermoto Cup Series at Mt Sugarloaf Raceway in Newcastle on Sunday.

The Australian women's defending Supermoto champion is excited about making her first appearance in Supermoto for the year and will use the event this weekend as preparation for her Australian championship defence.

"I'm really looking forward to being part of the Moto Mayhem Cup Series and hopefully I can do enough to get into the winners' circle and help in preparation for my national title defence," Bateman said.

"I have had a few bad crashes at recent motocross meetings and that has deflated the confidence levels a little bit, but I'm looking for a boost in confidence this weekend."

Competing in the Women's All Powers class, Bateman will ride her No. 1 Husqvarna TC 450cc, competing in Supermoto for the first time in six months.

"I'm a bit behind the eight-ball and am playing catch-up," the 21-year-old said.

"But the Newcastle track is one of my favourites.

"I feel I can still be among the front-runners and hopefully, if everything falls into place, I can be in the victory lane by the end of the weekend."



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