Jasmine McPherson named club's Most Improved Senior

Jasmine McPherson's recently bruised ankle, combined with the usual bumps and scrapes, fortunately happens to tell a tale of fun experienced from the seat of a dirt bike.

The energetic 31-year-old Angaston woman (left), also Barossa Herald's media sales consultant, is in fact a rising SA Motocross Rider Association (MRA) Motocross champion.

This month her efforts on the dirt led her to achieve top honours, gaining a first in the women's open class and third in MX2 under 250cc C grade division.

And to cap that off she was surprised by the MRA Club naming her Most Improved Senior.

Jasmine, who describes the string of accolades as humbling, was also named in the top five of regional women riders in the SA Motocross State Titles in September this year.

The achievements aren't bad for someone who only took up competition motocross three years ago.

"I wanted to start five years ago as a girlfriend and I started pushing each other towards entering into our first event," she explained.

"But I had my wedding come up and then fell pregnant on my honeymoon which put me back a bit."

Jasmine's plan was to enter her first race following the birth of her child.

Equipped with her Yamaha YZ250f, she began competing when her daughter was just seven months old.

Admitting to being "scared", Jasmine entered the King of Gulf and placed eighth overall in a class involving about 12 women.

While she says good timing gains the wins, it's also preparation and practice.

"I don't tend push myself as hard as I could as my daughter is my priority," she said.

Yet Jasmine's not the only Barossa women ripping it up on the track.

Her good friend Amy Bartsch from Nuriootpa was this year announced first in the overall women's motocross championships after finishing her season undefeated. However, Amy, 22, (right) began the sport aged five, following closely in the footstep of her brother Daniel Bartsch.

Her commitment to the sport has resulted in being named fifth in the women's national title this year, having raced in Murray Bridge and Manjin in Western Australia on her 250 Suzuki.

Asked why the ladies enjoy the sport, they say it's for the "love" and "thrill".

And the occasional brunt to the body never dents their spirits.

At worse, Jasmine has nursed a fractured heel, torn shoulder and bruised rib, while Amy has endured a broken wrist and collar bone.

Amy candidly shared how she also wound up in ICU for a few days following a ruptured spleen during her second year in the seniors class.

This oncoming season both women have new goals in their sights.

Jasmine is keen to head to Murray Bridge after missing out due to that torn shoulder and Amy plans to race again in B grade mens after a successful seventh position finish this year, even though she did not complete two races.