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Waterhouse Sisters Lead A Yamaha Clean Sweep


And leading the way were sibling rivals Jessie and Casey Waterhouse, with Taihape's former national women's champion Sarah Elwin settling for the third step on the podium.

It was a massive field of riders who lined up for women's class action on Monday, the second of two days for the popular post-Christmas event, with 36 entrants on the start gate.

This was a far cry from just a few years ago, when fewer than 20 female riders would be the norm.

But 21-year-old Jessie Waterhouse was up to it, even with her taking a Yamaha YZ125 two-stroke into battle against the Yamaha YZ250 four-stroke machines of nearest rivals Casey Waterhouse and Sarah Elwin.

Jessie Waterhouse compiled a 2-1-1 score-card over her three races, giving her a massive 21-point win over her 23-year-old sister Casey Waterhouse - who finished 1-8-3 in her three outings.

Elwin suffered a crash in race one, to finish 12th in that race, and, unfortunately for her, Elwin's two impressive runner-up finishes that followed were not enough to make up for that disaster and she ended up five points short of catching Casey Waterhouse.

"It was an awesome day's racing," said Jessie Waterhouse afterwards.

"It was so good to see so many women racing and so many of them were very quick too.

"I have not done much racing lately because I've been busy training as a nurse and then working fulltime. But I have a job now that allows me a bit of time to go riding. It has been the same for Casey too. She's been training as a child carer.

"I knew it would be hard for me with the 125cc bike up against the 250cc bike riders but I love my YZ125. I nearly got the holeshots," she smiled.

And that didn't matter, because she was in front when it mattered, at the chequered flag.

Other class winners at Summercross were Mount Maunganui's Cody Cooper (MX1 class); Hamilton's Josiah Natzke (MX2 class); Cambridge's Trent Collins (junior 12-17 years 250cc class and Youth MX class); Motueka's Josh Coppins (veterans 35-44 years); Hamilton's Darryll King (veterans over-45 years); Taupo's Wyatt Chase (junior 16-17 years 125cc); Mangakino's Maximus Purvis (junior 12-15 years 125cc); Okato's Zak Hetherington (junior 14-16 years 85cc); Matamata's Brodie Connolly (junior 12-13 years 85cc); Tauranga's Madoc Dixon (junior 8-11 years 85cc); Hamilton's Nick Westgate (pro 65cc class).

Words and photo by Andy McGechan,