Biddle gives guys scare in F2 race
A woman on a bright orange bike looked as if she might trump the men in the second of the Formula 2 600cc races at Manfeild yesterday.
Avalon Biddle, a 21-year-old from Orewa north of Auckland pressed and then had the audacity to overtake Christchurch frontrunner John Ross with slick racing.
She held the lead until the sixth lap when South Auckland's experienced plumber Toby Summers swept by.
Summers had won the first 600cc race with a brave late bid into the sweeper after Whanganui's Jayden Carrick had been doing well until he crashed.
Biddle, though, is no rookie, even if on her Facebook page she describes herself at "five feet tall, female and fast". She started racing motocross as a 7-year-old.
She is a former New Zealand 125GP and 125TT champion and 2012 Italian women's championship runner-up where she raced again this year. She had her share of crashes and has suffered a broken femur but she wasn't holding back yesterday.
On her website she said: "I am not at all a fan of separating men from women in this sport, as I believe it is one unique sport we can be equal in."
Summers didn't win the race, though, in what was a day of hot weather, a hot track and fast racing.
German Thomas Kreutz, on his Yamaha R6, took the lead on the ninth lap and held on. Kreutz is the No 2 in Europe in international road-racing. A travelling mate of Kreutz's, Steve Masira, made it a double for Deutschland when he won the last Bears race on a BMW yesterday.
Biddle was one of many young Kiwi riders who have been excelling in Europe.
Another is Christchurch's Jake Lewis in the European junior championships and who is up for a Halberg Award as an emerging talent.
Also back from Europe were Auckland's Connor Lundon and Daniel Mettam.
Australian visitor Chris Seaton was back after a few years and was prominent in the Superbike races.
He said afterwards: "Racing in Australia is dismal at the moment so it's good to come here."
- Manawatu Standard
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