Young Kawasaki rider Meghan Rutledge is a gutsy and determined MX racer who has won a load of National and State Titles.....and she's not even 16 yet. We catch up with Meg to see what makes her tick and what her plans are for this year. Watch for this talented young racer making headlines in years to come!
Meg, how long have you been riding dirt bikes for and why did you start?
I started racing when I was 4, so nearly 12 years. My whole family was involved in the sport at the time as both my older sisters raced.
Why do you compete?
I have tried many other sports but this is the one I just couldn't live without.
What are you riding at the moment?
I've been competing on the KX250F for the last two seasons and it's a great bike. A proven Championship winner. I'll be on the KX250F again this year plus I'll be riding the KX450F in the Opens class at the State Titles.
What are your best results?
My best results would have to be winning 4 Female Junior Australian Championships and 3 NSW State Titles (in 2004 I was the first female to win a state title against the boys.) Also in 2010 I came second in the 13-14 yrs 250 4 stroke class where I was the only female.
What was racing Super X like for the last 2 years on full sized US style tracks in front of big crowds?
Racing Super X was a great experience. It definitely made my heart pump and my blood rush. It was awesome. Can't wait to do it all again.
Did being the only female competitor phase you?
No, as a lot of my racing is against boys. They treat me like one of them and it brings out my competitive streak.
There were some massive jumps at Super X. Were they pretty daunting?
There were definitely some big jumps in Super X but I had trained enough at the Moss Institute Training Facility to know what I was capable of and how to do it.
Some people must say you’re nuts for doing what you do. What do you say to them?
This is not a split second decision, it's a life style choice. It is what I train and live for.
What are your goals for the future?
My goals for 2011 are :
- Senior Female NSW State Champion
- Top 10 under 19s NSW State Title
- Top 5 C grade opens NSW State Title
- Female Senior Australian Champion
- Qualify for Super X finals under 19's
My long term goals are to race overseas and to be the Female World Champion.
Do you plan to get your road license when you’re old enough or are you happy just sticking to the dirt?
I'd love to give road bike racing a go one day but at the moment I'm just focusing on my motocross and supercross.
What injuries have you had?
I have broken my ankle, collar bone and a few fingers but the worst was breaking both arms on my 14th birthday.
Any words of advice for other female motorcycle racers out there?
Train hard, ride fast and have fun