MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - Having won the opening two rounds of the 2014 Women's Motocross Championship (WMX) - at the AMA sanctioned Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross at Daytona International Speedway in Fla., and at the James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship in Wortham, Texas - Australia's Mackenzie Tricker comes into this weekend's race at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Calif., with a head of steam and a 17-point lead in the series standings.
Round three of the Women's Motocross Championship (WMX) will run in conjunction with the FMF California Classic, which runs from April 9 through April 13, with both WMX motos taking place on Sunday.
So far, Tricker has won three of the four motos held to date, and the Yamaha-backed rider is hoping to pad her lead in the series standings with a good finish this weekend.
"I'm excited about racing at Glen Helen," said Tricker. "I've never been there, but I've obviously heard a lot about the track, and I'm just hoping to come away with a win so I can add to my points lead."
Despite her optimism, the last two weeks haven't exactly gone smoothly for Tricker. A practice crash early last week left her bruised and sore.
"I haven't crashed that hard in a while, so my body was pretty beat up," said Tricker. "We decided the best idea was to take a few days off and let my body recover. I've felt pretty good the few times I've ridden this week, so we'll see how it goes this weekend."
So far, Taylor Higgins has been the most consistent of Tricker's challengers. The Honda rider from Mesquite, Texas, is second in points after posting a fourth overall in Florida and a third overall in Texas.
Meanwhile, Kawasaki Team Green's Brandy Richards of Lake Havasu, Ariz., is the only competitor that's been able to take a moto win away from Tricker, doing so in the first moto in Texas.
"I had a rough time in that moto," Tricker said of her race in Texas. "But I was able to make a good day out of a bad one and come away with the overall win."
Tricker and her fellow WMX competitors kick off round three of the eight-round WMX Series this Sunday, April 13th. For more information about the 2014 Women's Motocross Championship, visit the official website at www.RaceWMX.com or follow Race WMX on Facebook.com/racewmx and on Twitter @RaceWMX.