In anticipation of the upcoming Round Three of the WOMZA/Full Throttle National Motocross Championship happening this weekend in Cape Town, we caught up with one of SA’s top female riders, Maria Pulinckx. The Cape Tonian chats about her racing aspirations and more…
Full Name: Maria Pulinckx
Years riding: 9
Sponsors: Dawn Wing, Leat-brace, Cuwin, CPR, UTC Kawazaki, Formsxpress, Tunleys – see my website www.mariamx.com
Injuries: Broken foot, broken arm, hairline crack in my wrist
Machine of Choice: For the moment Suzuki RM 125cc (best bike ever!)
How did you get into motocross?
I followed in my brother’s footsteps.
What’s kept you motivated to continue racing even after you’ve been injured?
I just love it, hey.
As a whole – would you say the okes are supportive of the ladies division?
They [have] started to respect me as a rider and I appreciate it.
What are some of the advantages and disadvantages to being a woman in the sport?
If we can call it an advantage: it does impress people when they see me riding.
Disadvantages: physical force is some time needed.
Where’s your favourite place to race?
Port Elizabeth’s sandy track and the track in Richards Bay.
Where’s your dream place to race one day?
In Europe and USA.
What’s been your best achievement in motocross to date?
Last year I was 13 years old I achieved the Pro Mini Western Province Championship and 5th overall in the National Series.
How often do you train?
Three to four times a week I do physical training and two to three times a week I ride.
Whose your mentor?
Are you involved in any other sports?
I started kite surfing, but I do play a bit of touch rugby and soccer at school.
2012 WOMZA National Motocross Championship
Date: 28 April 2012
Venue: Melkbos 4×4 MX Track, R27 West Coast Rd, Cape Town.
Top motocross riders from all over South Africa will descend upon Cape Town on this weekend to compete in Round Three of the WOMZA/Full Throttle National Championship. The event, which is taking place at the Melkbos 4×4 motocross track, promises enthusiasts some of the most extreme racing yet seen on a local track. Facilities on the day include various stalls, bar facilities, food, music, ample parking and spectator viewing decks.