Wilson impresses overseas
JEMMA Wilson was the lone Aussie girl walking through the pits at the first two rounds of the Enduro World Championships in Europe last month.
She didn't know a soul except for those in her new Greek INA TV Racing team, but she still managed to impress.
The experience was certainly foreign for the local enduro champ, who knows almost everyone at a home race meet.
Wilson travelled solo to Spain and Portugal for the first two rounds of the championship and was due to head to Italy for the third round at the end of this month.
She will then travel to France for the fourth and final round of the championship in October.
The local turned plenty of heads at the first two meetings and has beefed up her contact list too, which will be an advantage in both Italy and France.
Wilson, who's a long-time Yamaha rider, will team up with a Swedish Honda team for the next two rounds.
She jetted off to meet them yesterday which will give her extra time to practice with them and her new Honda bike before she races in Italy.
"I've never ridden a Honda in my life," she said.
Wilson said the first two rounds helped her learn about life on the international circuit and how to adjust to a new team and mechanic.
"I've worked with my mechanic at home for years, so this made me learn a lot," she said.
Back home, with her own team and bike, the law graduate leads the tables but has so far clocked up two sixths, one fifth and a did-not-finish in the first races of the championship.
She said the courses were testing, with only three of the 12 riders in her class finishing one particular race.
"It was so tough," Wilson said.
She said women at the championship rode the same courses the men did, but additional assistance was offered for female riders.
Wilson hopes her new team will be a good match and help her achieve better placings.
She hopes to gain a full-time place on an international team for 2013.