World Title No.3 For Emma!
Heading into the last three rounds of the women’s FIM World Trials Championship, Emma was favourite for the 2016 title after winning the opening two rounds earlier in the season – and she didn’t disappoint!
Emma is now a three times World Trials Champion (14, 15, 16) and here’s how it happened…
Her European trip started in the mountains of north east Italy in the town of Champio for rounds 3 & 4 of the series.
Emma said: «Traveling out to Italy I was feeling happy knowing I’d put in a lot of hard work training this summer and felt I was riding at the top of my game. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy and that I had two weekends of intense competition ahead of me – but I was confident and ready.»
Day one in Italy and while thousands of enthusiastic spectators surrounded the course, temperatures were reaching 38 degrees. Right from the off Emma rode very confidently but an early mistake on the first lap meant the battle for first position was close going into the last lap. Showing just why she is the world number one, Emma put in an incredible performance on her final lap for a score of only one point to eventually take a clear win.
«I felt some nerves early on in the day but I rode well and have to be happy with a 7 point margin for the victory at such a low scoring event.»
Day two and temperatures were high once again – only this time Emma knew that technically she could clinch the championship.
«I tried not to think about the championship and just keep in the moment. I rode very well all day and enjoyed the tougher course. I am so pleased because my day was almost faultless and I only lost 4 points! Riding the final section I felt like everything was so perfect and realising it was impossible to be beaten for another year – I felt on top of the world!»
The final round of the championship was 350miles west and 2000 meters above sea level high in the French alps at the ski resort of Isola 2000.
«Although the championship was already decided I still wanted to win and keep my 100% winning record for 2016. I wanted to prove I am the best rider and stand on the top step.»
Another great days competition for Emma and she finished the year with her 13th GP win and a strong performance only dropping 2 points all day.
With no time to celebrate, the following day saw Emma lead ‘team GB’ to victory in the women’s world team event (Trial Des Nations).
Commenting on her world season Emma said: «I’m so pleased with this year, I have prepared well and it couldn’t have gone much better. I have the best bike with my 300 Sherco and the best team of people around me – that’s for sure! The one thing I can tell you is that I’m not satisfied and I’m hungry for more! See you in 2017!»