Gympie enduro star Jemma Wilson is off to Europe for competition.
Gympie enduro star Jemma Wilson is off to Europe for competition. Craig Warhurst

Wilson revved up for overseas trip

GYMPIE Enduro queen Jemma Wilson is to head overseas for a tilt at the Enduro World Championships.

The Gympie rider will race the first two rounds in Spain and Portugal as part of the Greece-based INA TV Racing team.

It is the first time Wilson has been with a professional team at the world titles.

The law graduate is looking forward to the trip and having her own mechanic and support crew.

"Everything is over there," Wilson said.

"They will meet me at the airport and from there I will see how I get on. It will be an experience." She leads the standings in the Australian championships and will race again next weekend before flying out to Europe the following Monday.

The weekend after, Wilson will race in Spain and the next weekend she will race in Portugal before flying back to Australia for the next round of the Australian championship.

She will then head back to Italy in June for the third round of the worlds.

Round 4 of the world championships will be held in France during October and Wilson said she hoped to be selected in the Australian Women's Cup team to compete in the International Six Day Enduro in Germany.

If selected, she will extend her stay to take in the world title round.

Wilson will pay her own way overseas with the help of lots of sponsors.

She is hoping to show she can handle the world circuit and crack a fulltime spot on a professional team for 2013.

Her goal is to move to Europe.

Her war chest has been boosted by a $10,000 grant from the Federation of International Motorcycling which will help her meet travelling costs.

"The idea is to cover accommodation costs and promote more women in the sport," Wilson said.

She said she wanted to thank her generous local sponsors Tyrepower, River Dental, Action Auto, Cooloola Fitness and Lives in Progress.

Gympie Times


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