BUDDING motorcycle trials star, 14-year-old Nikita Smith from Fryup, has just returned home after an exciting, globe-trotting few days contesting European and World Ladies Trials Championship in Germany and Czech Republic
The European round held at Grossheubach in Germany proved a nerve-racking experience for the teenager - it was her first trial in the ladies’ competition and was one of the youngest there.
A lot of pressure on young shoulders – not wanting to let her many sponsors down – and temperatures soaring to 37 degrees Celsius, Nikita knew she would have to work hard.
She soon got to grips with the slippery rocks and wooded area, finishing 18th out of the 30 starters - a great result and a boost for morale for everyone concerned.
The World round got under way on the Sunday and although nervous, her confidence was high.
Although the huge rock sections appeared daunting, Nikita fired the little 125cc Gas Gas at them, attacking in her typical, determined style.
After a lap, Nikita settled into a rhythm and although failing on some of the big stuff she managed a great result of 25th out of a 34 strong world class field.
After the trial, the whole family stayed on an extra day to practice the same sections with help and tuition from top British riders Donna Fox and Becky Cook, who are third and fifth in the world rankings.
The Smiths continued their journey to Tanvald in the Czech Republic for the European round where the weather was very warm, but manageable. Only after a thunder storm did it become cooler and more suitable for riding.
With nerves settled, Nikita knew the terrain, but knew she would have to work hard. The first section she cleaned, then stayed feet up on the massive rock of number three. She went from strength to strength to have a fantastic ride, finishing 12th out of 30 starters.
A hectic schedule meant another world round the following morning. Sections five, nine, 10 and 11 were all treacherously greasy among the wooded area, called for superb throttle control.
Nikita proved equal to it, finding grip where it appeared impossible, losing only three marks on number five and remained clean on the others to finish on a score of 75 to secure 11th position, just six marks down on Richmond’s Katy Sunter.
This was a marvellous result for Nikita and all the British girls with five in the top 15. Nikita was presented with a univega mountain bike as a prize for the rookie of the year award.
Nikita’s family thank her sponsors and Scarborough and District Motor Club as well as family and friends for their support.