Trials

Bristow starts trials defence

Bristow starts trials defence

Pep SegalesWTMX -- Emma BRISTOW (Sherco) -- Trial World Championship (Mens (Rd6) & Ladies (Rd1) -- at Kingman, Mohave County, Arizona, USA -- July 29/30, 2017 Picture by: FIM/g2f/Pep Segales

Emma Bristow got the defence of her FIM Women’s Trial World Championship off to a perfect start at Kingman in Arizona.

The 26-year-old from Lincolnshire topped Friday’s qualification in the TrialGP Women class before dominating the points-paying events, dropping less than half the total of the second-placed competitor on both days as she kicked off her bid for a fourth-straight title in style.

“I’m really pleased,” says the Sherco-backed rider. “It’s great to get two wins in the bag and I’m looking forward to the next two rounds.

“The weekend has been fantastic and I couldn’t have wished for a better crowd. Everybody’s been so enthusiastic and I’m really pleased we’ve come over to America – it’s been a great experience.”

Unbeaten in world championship competition since May 2015, it’s only natural that Bristow should feel super-confident.

“I wouldn’t say there’s a lot of pressure because deep down I know I’m the best I can be leading into the championship. If I’m on-form and riding to the best of my ability then I know someone else will have to be riding really, really well to challenge me.

“I don’t mean to sound big-headed but you’ve got to be confident.

“This is my fifth year riding for Sherco and feel that it’s where I should be. I’ve gelled with the bike and I’m very happy with the team. If you feel comfortable

with the bike and you’re in a good place mentally then it’s a great feeling.”