Season on track despite injury

Healing on track .. Olivia Goddard, of Dunedin, and the Yamaha YZF-R15 street bike she races in the Supersport 150 class. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

In a series, motoring reporter Shawn McAvinue spends five minutes with Dunedin motorsport enthusiasts about their passion for their form of racing.

Five minutes with . . . Supersport 150 racer Olivia Goddard (18)

Q: What’s SuperSport 150?

It’s a new class launched this season for 150cc street-type motorcycles for riders aged between 13 and 21. I race a Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.

Q: How far through the championship are you?

We’ve had the first two rounds, in Christchurch, then Timaru. The final three rounds are in the North Island Feilding and Taupo in March and April.

Q: How many females compete in the class?

I’m the only one. I enjoy beating the boys.

Q: How did the first two rounds go?

All right. I had a crash in the first round and ruptured a ligament in my thumb but it should be healed by the next round.

Q: You raced in the second round with an injured thumb?

Yup, there was a little bit of pain but I got through it.

Q: Can you talk me through the crash?

It happened during the warm-up laps before the opening round. I was a bit ambitious and went in too hot to one of the corners and ran off. It doesn’t end well when a road bike hits dirt. My thumb got pulled back when it got caught on kerbing. I missed the first race because my bike’s forks got bent, which was a bit gutting, but I had a good battle in the second race.

Q: Does an injury make you question your sport of choice?

No, it’s all part of the thrill – it’s an adrenaline rush.