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Honda ‰Û÷Girls on The Gas‰Ûª- Final showdown preview

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Victorian winner Nicole Davis
The ‰Û÷Final Showdown‰Ûª for the 2007 Honda ‰Û÷Girls on the Gas‰Ûª Competition is approaching fast. With all six state winners set to go for the event which culminates in the last weekend of October, Saturday the 27th.

With so much up for grabs for the lucky winner at the end of the competition Lee Hogan takes a closer look at all six girl‰Ûªs strengths and potential weaknesses as the lead up begins.

First stop on the calendar for 2007 was Victoria at the world famous Barrabool circuit:

VICTORIA (Barrabool, Geelong- 12th 13th April)
WINNER NICOLE DAVIS
AGE 14
BIKE YAMAHA YZ250F

Nicole was very impressive overall in all categories and ended up a clear winner for Victoria. Last years winner Taylor Jones was also just 14 years of age and handled the pressure of the ‰Û÷Final Showdown‰Ûª extremely well. Nicole‰Ûªs main strengths was her ‰Û÷on bike sectors, winning the lap time and riding technique categories easily. If there are any weak links in the chain with Nicole it could be in the public speaking and fitness elements where she finished top four in both categories.

WA Winner Dimity-Lee Duke
WESTERN AUSTRALIA (Byford, 21st 22nd April)
WINNER DIMITY-LEE DUKE
AGE ?
BIKE HONDA CRF250R

For the second year running Dimity-Lee Duke will get to represent W.A. after narrowly beating her arch rival Karyn Wiggin. Once again Dimity‰Ûªs main strength will come from her unbelievable fitness, scoring in the high 13‰Ûªs on the shuttle run beep test. Another strength will be her public speaking where she finished on top of the tables once again. A possible weakness compared to some of our top riders may be in the ‰Û÷on bike sectors‰Ûª. Although Dimity does look a lot more comfortable this year since making the move to her Honda 250F and has hired herself a part time coach to work on her raw speed.


SA Winner Alison Leach
SOUTH AUSTRALIA (Gillman, 24th 25th April)
WINNER ALEX LONG
AGE 15
BIKE HONDA CRF150R

The official winner of the South Australian round went to young KTM rider Alison Leach who did extremely well in all categories. However after suffering a major injury earlier in the year, Alison‰Ûªs parents and surgeon decided it was best to sit out the rest of the season to allow her to heal properly. Alex Long finished a close second to Alison, featuring strongly in the public speaking and fitness sectors to win both categories. Alex needs to work her raw speed and standing position while jumping to give herself a shot at the ‰Û÷Final Showdown.‰Ûª





Tasmanian Winner Emily Flint
TASMANIA (Cambridge Moto, Hobart 7th 8th June)
WINNER EMILY FLINT
AGE ?
BIKE HONDA CRF250R

Another girl to win her respective state leg for the second year running is Emily Flint. Emily turned up at the 2006 Girls on The Gas Competition just hoping to learn some techniques on the bike and turned out to be a surprised winner when the points were tallied. This year for 2007 Flint was determined to get another shot at the ‰Û÷Final Showdown‰Ûª after injuring herself just prior to last years final. She looks much more comfortable on the bike this year and should feature well in the fitness and public speaking sectors. A little bit more bike speed will do her well come October.



QLD winner Renae Evans
QUEENSLAND (Coolum, 2nd 3rd July)
WINNER RENAE EVANS
AGE 15
BIKE HONDA CRF250R

Our Queensland winner Renae Evans was a bit of a surprise package for us. We didn‰Ûªt really have one particular standout performer like last years Queensland event. It was always going to be a close finish between Kawasaki rider Stacey Griffiths who is strong on the bike but suffers a little with fitness and public speaking, and Honda rider Renae Evans who seemed to be quite even across the whole range of categories. A solid win in the fitness test gave Renae a one point win overall ahead of Stacey Griffiths. Renae should do well against the other girls in the ‰Û÷Final Showdown‰Ûª but will need to be at her best on the day.

NEW SOUTH WALES (Lake Macquarie, 9th 10th July)
WINNER JACQUI JONES
AGE 17
BIKE HONDA CRF250R

Our NSW representative could well be the dark horse for this years Girls on the Gas Competition. Jacquie Jones finished a close second last year in the NSW leg to Taylia Neilson who went on to finish second at the ‰Û÷Final Showdown‰Ûª. Jacqui returned this year with a much more refined riding style, great raw speed and fitness that would go close to rivalling Dimity-Lee Duke from Western Australia. Jacqui will need to keep those nerves down when the big day comes to keep her public speaking in check.

PREDICTION- A lot of it will come down to who performs the best on the day, but at this stage I would have to say that the 'On Bike' talent and speed of Nicole Davis, the fitness and public speaking of Dimity-Lee Duke and the consistently high levels of talent in all categories for Jacqui Jones could make these three hard to beat.

But who will win the 'Final Showdown' is anyones guess.

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