Double FIM Women’s World Cup winner and new Van Beers Yamaha rider Katherine Prumm will attempt to make a small piece of history in three weeks time when she strives to become the first female to qualify and participate in the Jumbo Dutch Motocross championship. The New Zealander, who has been based in the Netherlands since mid-March in preparation for her assault with the YZ250F on the first ever Women’s World Championship this year, is aiming to pit herself against Holland’s best, and no-doubt a selection of Grand Prix racers, at the third round of the series at Rhenen on May 1st.
The 19 year old has been adapting to life in Europe over the past month after sharing an apartment – organised by the team – with fellow Van Beers racer Evgeny Bobryshev. After completing tests in Italy and also through the French sand of Dunkirk in recent weeks Prumm is now searching for events to sharpen her race speed in the build-up to the first GP of five in the world championship that takes place at the impressive Sevlievo circuit in Bulgaria on May 11th.
“I have been in Europe for quite a while now and we are just looking for some races to contest before going to Bulgaria,” she commented. “Rhenen will be a big challenge and something I am really looking forward to.”
“I am not daunted by the track but obviously the level of competition is going to be very high and there will also be some of the top guys from the world championship in there also,” she added “to qualify would be an achievement and I will certainly try my best.”
“My time here has been good and beneficial. I have been doing a lot of training and getting the bike set-up. I went to the first Grand Prix at Valkenswaard and generally things have been going OK, even though the apartment is a bit empty at the moment because my team-mate has gone back to Russia for the week!”
More news, photos and diary entries by Katherine can be found in the new WMX-GP section on www.yamaha–racing.com