Whilst many motocross riders can be judged by their podium places or championship standings, a 15-year-old competitor from Mid Wales is proving that success can be measured in another way.
Shauna Hope, from Rhayader, not only met her best friend through the sport, but she is also a much more confident girl thanks to her experiences in the Bridgestone BSMA, where she is improving all the time in the Big Wheel 85 category.
Shauna’s mum Sarah said that her daughter is able to express herself out on the track and is enjoying every second of competitive action.
“As soon as Shauna turned seven she wanted to ride a bike,” said Sarah, whose husband Wyn raced for many years.
“Shauna is not always a confident girl and can be a bit shy, but all she wants to do is get on her bike and get out there. I think she feels at ease when she is out on the track.”
Shauna met her best friend Emily Noon through the Bridgestone BSMA and the pair spur eachother on at each round of racing.
“They met through the Bridgestone BSMA and they are the best of friends. They are both quiet girls, but they bring the best out of eachother which is nice to see,” Sarah added.
The Llandrindod Wells High School pupil is one of three Hope daughters to have competed in the sport, with eldest Hannah (aged 22) regularly impressing and Jade (17), also adept at the sport.
And despite her high octane experiences out on the track – with much improved times compared to her first season of Big Wheels competition last year – Shauna refuses to shout about it from the rooftops. That’s not her nature.
“She doesn’t really tell her mates at school about her racing. She just keeps it to herself and looks forward to the next race.
“Shauna just loves going. It is lovely to see her expressing herself and coming out of her shell on the track. That means more to me than anything.”