Off Road

Catching Up With Tayla Jones

Author: Aaryn Minerds

Author: Aaryn Minerds


Tayla Jones certainly continued to leave her mark on the Australian Dirt Bike racing scene in Australia throughout the 2014 season.

There is no rider male or female that has competed in the variety of events in a single year than Tayla Jones has lined up to race in 2014. Not only has Jones raced at the Troy Bayliss Classic, The Australian Enduro-X Nationals, The full AORC championship, Hattah, Finke, The Australian Supermoto championships, the Australian Women's motocross championships, the rider who hails from Good Hope, New South Wales, has finished on the podium in every event or series, apart from Finke where she still managed a super impressive 4th place in 250F class!

While Jones has had a loaded season to date, things are not about to stop for the 18 year old, with a trip the the united states about to get underway where Jones will tackle two rounds of the GNCC series as well as doing the Full Gas Enduro sprint race and a round of the American Womens motocross championship, before jetting to Argentina to defend the Women's Trophy at this 2014 International Six Day Enduro for Team Australia along with Jessica Gardiner and Jemma Wilson.

We caught up with Tayla just day's before she heads off for her latest racing adventure for 2014.
Tayla Jones has landed on the podium at every race or series she has entered in 2014 apart from Finke where she missed by just one spot against the men in the 250F class - Credit: RideHQ
Fullnoise: 1st Up Tayla you have had a sensational 2014 season todate that has seen you compete in a huge variety of events, exactly what events have you raced in so far in 2014.

Tayla: I have had a great season racing just about every kind of discipline in the sport. I started off the year doing the Troy Bayliss Classic which was a dirt/oil track meeting. Then came the Enduro-X series before starting the Australian off road season. In-between all of the off roads I raced the Australian women's MX titles, the Finke and Hattah desert races and also went up to Queensland to race the Australian super motard championships.

Fullnoise: Talk us through your results in all the events you have raced in 2014, from AORC, A4DE, Finke, Supermoto and everything else.

Tayla: I was stoked to start the year off with a win at the Troy Bayliss classic, that sort of got everything going.

I was unsure how I would go at the Enduro-X but I did a bit of training with Chris Birch before hand which helped heaps and I came way with second for the series with a win at the Sydney round.

In the Aussie off roads I was having a great season finishing on the podium at every round and getting a couple of wins along the way, but everything does not always goes to plan and unfortunately I suffered a DNF at the final round in VIC which cost me 2nd overall for the championship but I am happy to have still made the overall podium.

The women's MX nationals was just like a turn up and race sort of thing because I had no preparation or training in the lead with all of the offloads so it was cool the end up 3rd for the championship.

The supermotard was also like that, I just rocked up to Queensland with a new bike that I hadn't even risen before and chucked a set of borrowed motard wheels on and away I went. It was a super fun event and it was cool doing something new. I ended up winning the women's title and came 7th in the pro s2 class.

This year was my first ever time competing at the Finke desert race and it has become one of my favourites events to race. It was a completely new experience and it took a bit of pre running to get into the hang of it but when I did i had a ball.

I was aiming for a top 100 before I started the event and to walk away with 59th and 4th in the 250 class was really awesome.

This year was my third time at Hattah and I was just looking to improve on last years results. My prologue went pretty good and I started off the front row which made things easier. My best outright finish before this year was 67th and to improve by 32 places and end up 35th outright this year was amazing and I ended up winning the women's class which was great.

Fullnoise: Did you ever think in your wildest dreams that you would tackle so many different events and disciplines in one year.

Tayla: Not in my wildest dreams would I have ever though about doing half as many events haha. I am just really lucky that I have great sponsors that put in time and money so that I can get to all of the races and be competitive.
Jones (Pictured Right) is about to embark on another international trip, heading to the U.S before going on to defend the ISDE title she won alongside her team for Australia in 2013.
Fullnoise: It is not over for you yet either, you have just confirmed that you will be heading to the U.S to race, what events will you be racing.

Tayla: Yep that's rights. My dad and I leave in a weeks time for the US. I will be racing in the final two rounds of the GNCC series as well as doing the Full Gas Enduro sprint and a round of the WMX while I am there before flying straight to Argentina to race the ISDE.

Fullnoise: How did the American events come about and what are your expectations while you are over there.

Tayla: I have always wanted to race in America and we have just been waiting for the right time and we though that this would be a perfect time to go over and check things out.

I don't really have any expectations on how I will go. Its just going to be a learning trip to see how things go. In saying that I am also not going over there to come last.

Fullnoise: Are you hoping it will lead to more racing in the U.S in 2015?

Tayla: Yep that's the plan. We'll go over this year and feel it out and try and line up something so that next year I can try and get over there and do a few more races and see how it goes from there.

Fullnoise: After your U.S trip you head straight to Argentina to defend the Womens Cup along with Jessica Gardiner and Gemma Wilson for team Australia, how much are you looking forward to heading back to defend the ISDE title.

Tayla: I am pretty keen for the six day. It is always a lot of fun and its great being there as a team. We will be defending our title and there is no way that we want to loose it so there is going to be some great racing. I have never been to Argentina but apparently it is going to be dry and rocky and we have had some great preparation for that with the 4 day this year as it was just a dust bowl.

Fullnoise: Thanks for your time Tayla, I am sure there are a lot of people you would like to thank for their support, who is it that has helped you through the 2014 season.

Tayla: No worries. Yep I sure do, all of my sponsors and great and I wouldn't be here without them. Geoff and Mel from Waratah Lawn Care have been my biggest help this season, they are such awesome people and have done so much for me I can't thank them enough.

Also Bob at Highway Performance bikes for helping me out with my KTMS, Ross Mcwaters at MCD for doing all of mechanical work, Rachael and the guys at TeeNCee Graphics for always making my bike look awesome and everyone else.

Virus Australia, Sidi, M2R, Scott Racing, Force Accessories, Motul, Pirelli, Rk Chains, GDR suspension and John Ttiman Racing.

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