Off Road

Getting to know Tayla Jones

Author: Aaryn Minerds

Author: Aaryn Minerds


Tayla Jones is a name that a lot of Junior racers would know from the Junior motocross scene over the past few years.

A talented young rider from the A.C.T, Tayla picked up a win at the Australian Junior Motocross Championships held at Murray Bridge in the 85cc Female class in her last year of junior competition and also finished second in the Female Lites class.

Coming from a mainly MX and Dirt Track background, Tayla started racing rounds of the Australian Off-Road Championship when she first turned senior where she quickly made a name for herself with some top results and was rewarded for her hard work with a spot in the medal winning Australian Women's International Six Day Enduro Trophy team last year.

After another successful season both in the Off-Road world and also some great results on the Motocross track, Tayla has once again been selected to join Jessica Gardiner and the rider she replaced in the team last year due to injury, Jemma Wilson as part of the Aussie Women's Trophy team for this years ISDE event that is about to get underway in Italy.

Read below as we catch up with Tayla to find a little bit more about her racing career before the ISDE kicks off this weekend.
Tayla Jones in action back at the 2009 Australian Junior Motocross Championships in Newry Victoria. - Credit: Garry Morrow
Fullnoise: First up Tayla tell us how you got into the sport of Motocross and Off-Road Racing, where did it all begin?

Tayla: I got into the sport when I was little, my whole family was into racing sports so my parents brought me and my brother motorbikes and it has just grown from there

Fullnoise: How did your junior racing career go, what type of racing did you normally do and were. Also where their any achievements major achievements you earned along the way?

Tayla: My junior career was pretty good, myself and my Dad travelled all over the country racing. I raced my first Jnr Aussie titles when I was eight over in Tasmania in 2004 and raced every Aussie from then until I hit the senior ranks.

I won the female 85cc championship at my last Aussies held at Murray bridge and also came second in the Female lites class. I also raced long track and dirt track in juniors and won some Australian Junior Female titles on the 85.

Fullnoise: Since moving to the senior ranks have you spent more time racing Motocross or Off-Road and do you prefer one over the other?

Tayla: I started racing Off-Road when I went senior last year and since then I've done a fair bit. I try to divide the race season so I can race all of the AORC rounds and then do as many motocross races as I can.

I have raced motocross all my life and I love it but I also really like Off-Road because its a whole new challenge.

Fullnoise: What are some of your major achievements in senior racing and who have been your strongest competitors so far.

Tayla: My biggest achievements in seniors would be winning the Hattah desert race in the Female's class last year, coming 4th at the women's MX Nationals last year, represent Australia at the ISDE last year in Germany and getting picked again for this year.

Getting my first wins in the AORC championship this year was also great.

I would have to say my biggest competitors in Off-Road are Jess Gardiner and Emelie Karlson.
Fullnoise: This year you completed the full 2013 Australian Off-Road Championships with some great success, how did this season go for you and what were some of your highlights.

Tayla: This years AORC season was pretty good, I got my first National win in seniors and I made the podium in 8 out of the 12 rounds.

I had a couple of DNF's which put me off the podium for the championship but it is all good. I am still learning and the plan is to just keep getting better and move forward.

Fullnoise: You raced the 2013 Australian Four Day Enduro this year over in Western Australia, how did this years A4DE pan out for you?

Tayla: The A4de was going pretty good, I was a little off the pace of Jess and Emily, Jemma Wilson was riding good aswell. I was running in fourth position the whole event and was only twenty seconds behind Jemma who was in 3rd going into the final moto whichI thought was possible to make up.

I suffered a bit of bad luck when my chain came off on the third lap of the final moto which put me out of the race and I ended up 5th for the event.

Fullnoise: You are about to head over to Italy to represent Australia at this years ISDE, you, were part of the team that finished second for Australia last year, how was it to finish on the podium at the biggest Enduro event in the world at your first attempt and how are you looking forward to this years event with some more experience behind you?

Tayla: I filled in for Jemma at last years ISDE in Germany because she was hurt. I was still new to Off-Road and it was my first real Enduro race. I went into the race just to finish which I did an at the end of it we finished on the podium. Being on the podium with the team was the greatest feeling ever.

This year I am more experienced and I have had more time to train and get ready. My aim again for this year is to finish but also to stay consistent with good times and hopefully the team can get Australia on gold.

Fullnoise: Finally who has supported you throughout the 2013 race season.

Tayla: My main supporters this season have been my parents like always as well as my personal sponsors in Scott Gear, Rekluse, Force Accessories, Teencee Graphics, Suttos Motorcycles and Pirelli Tyres.

Fullnoise: Thanks for your time Tayla and good luck for the 2013 ISDE in Italy.

Tayla: Thanks heaps

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