Enduro

Jessica Gardiner wraps up French Enduro Championship win

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Australian Jessica Gardiner has beaten the best French girl riders in their own backyard after taking out this year‰Ûªs Championnat de France d‰Ûªenduro, which came to a close overnight in Ambert.

24-year-old Jess Gardiner entered the fifth and final round leading the championship by one slender point after suffering her first DNF on the second day of action at the fourth round two weeks ago, which resulted her in breaking her left scapula on a fast-downhill section.

However, in true Australian style, Gardiner rode through the pain barrier to score a double race win which saw her locking up the Women‰Ûªs French Enduro championship, becoming the first Australian to win the title.
Jess Gardiner . Credit: Mastorgne Photographyhy
The weather conditions for the first day of competition were simply ‰Û÷insane‰Ûª, which saw entire day be affected by rain. Gardiner, who won with a total time of 55min47.975, 8.937 seconds clear from Justine Martel, didn‰Ûªt remember the last time that she was so cold whilst racing a motorcycle.

‰ÛÏThe trails were like riding in a creek with that much water gushing everywhere,‰Û
Jess Gardiner . Credit: Mastorgne Photographyhy
Gardiner explained; ‰ÛÏWhen I knew I was going to crash I jumped onto my feet at the last moment to preserve my scapula. Overall I‰Ûªm really happy to get the victory today. Now, with a six point lead in the championship it has taken a lot of stress off me heading into the final day tomorrow. Once again I can‰Ûªt thank the Ridercamp enduro team enough, as they have all done a fantastic job with supplying me a race winning Yamaha WR250F in such hard conditions today."

The final race of the 2017 season was a tough day at the office for Gardiner, as her shoulder was not only extremely stiff, but also very swollen from the previous day of racing due to the extreme conditions. Once again, this didn‰Ûªt stop her from storming to the overall victory, winning three out of the six heats.

‰ÛÏToday was much nicer for racing as there was no rain, but the tests were still super slippery,‰Û
Jess Gardiner . Credit: Mastorgne Photographyhy
Photo Credit: Mastorgne Photographyhy

Championnat de France d‰Ûªenduro championship final standings (top 5):
1st Jess Gardiner 180
2nd Samantha Tichet 169
3rd Juliette Berrez 152
4th Justine Martel 126
5th Valerie Roche 111

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