THE YRF are proud to announce, not only the next and final YRF team member, but also the first ever female rider in the YRF.
Cristina Palmer will be joining the the team as a YRF Junior rider competing mainly in Enduro.
Cristina is nine years old and hails from Innerwick, East Lothian, Scotland. Even at the young age of nine, she already has 6 years of riding experience under her belt. For 2016 the youngster will be mainly competing in Enduro style Hare and Hounds races, however her obsession with motorcycles will also see her taking part in motocross and trials throughout the year.
The goal for 2016 is to take part in the ladies’ nationals towards the end of the year in September.
Cristina aspires to be a female champion in Enduro, and follow the steps of Jane Daniels, Emma Bristow and Laia Sanz. The ever growing female following in Motorsport not only as spectators but also as competitors, is rapidly changing the culture that surrounds the sport.
“Cristina has be been around bikes most of her life” adds father Stephen “from when she was a baby, back in her mother Vica’s, homeland of Romania. We used to slowly ride around with her between my knee’s on the tank and she would fall asleep. Ever since then she has always loved the sound, smell and look of bikes. She always tells me after the race how she felt on the starting line with all the boys bikes lined up alongside her, it gives her butterflies and an adrenaline rush.”
You can catch Cristina this weekend at the second round of the SBEC Hare and Hounds championship at Tyninghame Links. Later in the month she will be lining up along side YRF Junio team mate Jack Hughes at woodhouse for round 1 of the NE-XC championship.
Keep checking back for updates on this little lady’s progress.
Photo’s by Morson Photography