A daring Danish bike rider – who now calls Shrewsbury her home town – is defying stereotypes and male competitors in equal measure to become a star of the motocross track, with a little help from Bridgestone.
Super-fast Silje Otte’s performances at events around the UK have come to the attention of the world’s largest tyre manufacturer, which is now supplying its BATTLECROSS X30 product for her efforts in the Girls National competition at Maismore in Gloucestershire on September 12 and 13.
Silje developed an unlikely affection for the high octane world of motocross as an 11 year-old, having arrived in the UK from her homeland seven years earlier.
And after a string of impressive performances in the Bridgestone BSMA Clubman’s Series, where she currently lies 5th amongst a field of boys, Bridgestone agreed to supply Silje some tyres for her big tilt for glory next month.
She said: “I probably rode my first motocross bike as an 11 year-old. I don’t know how I got into it really. I remember seeing my step-brother riding one and I really fancied a go.
“I didn’t want to sit back and watch. I wanted to get involved and things have progressed from there. It’s fair to say that it isn’t a pastime usually associated with a 16 year-old girl, but I love the sport and the thrill of doing well.”
Bridgestone was alerted to Silje’s rise to prominence having seen her exploits in the BSMA Clubman’s Series, where she regularly beat her male counterparts.
Bridgestone’s sales and training development manager Mark Fereday said: “Silje bought some tyres from us during the season and has been something of an ambassador for us ever since.
“She is always talking about our tyres in glowing terms, so when the chance came around for us to provide her with a set the Girls National in Gloucestershire, we were delighted to help.”
Silje said that the Bridgestone product offered her more grip than other tyres she had ridden on, providing an extra element of confidence as a result.
“I have definitely felt a big difference,” added Silje. “I’d say the tyres have made a difference in my attempts to beat the boys in the Clubman’s series, so I am grateful to have them.
“Beating the boys is always nice. You get a special sense of recognition, a look of acknowledgement, when you do well against them.
“Hopefully the tyres can make the difference in the Girls National, which is a huge event in the calendar for me. I’ll be starting with an added bit of belief, that’s for sure!”
For more information about Bridgestone’s motocross tyre range, visit http://www.bridgestone.co.uk/moto/