First podium is the aim for promising young rider
MOTORCYCLE RACING: Tayla Relph might be from Brisbane but has called Morgan Park Raceway her home track for the past eight years.
The 21-year-old works in childcare and is a part-time journalism student at university.
But when it comes to the weekend, she is on the road to rounds of the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championships presented by Motul Pirelli.
She has already competed at Phillip Island (Victoria), Tailem Bend (SA), Wakefield Park (NSW) and Hidden Valley (NT) presented by Motul Pirelli.
Round 5 is at Morgan Park Raceway this weekend and then rounds 6 and 7 at Winton and Phillip Island in Victoria.
Relph will be at Rose City Shoppingworld from 5pm today for a meet-and-greet and will then practice tomorrow and ride in qualification and racing on the weekend. Former world champion Troy Bayliss will be among the riders heading to the shopping centre this afternoon.
She is racing in the supersport 300 and Yamaha R3 championships on a 300cc Yamaha bike.
In a career which started at age 13, Relph is now on her fifth bike after starting on a KTM 65.
"My aim will be a podium finish at Morgan Park this weekend,” she said.
"I have been close to the podium this year in supersport 300 but at least 10 of the 35 starters are capable of winning.”
It takes a lot to stop Relph from racing.
In the first round at Phillip Island this season, Relph was hit by another rider and suffered a cut to the leg.
"She had four stitches on the leg at the track and continued to race before having to get emergency surgery in Brisbane on the Monday,” Relph said.
"I was warned about the dangers of racing again but was keen to compete to get some points towards the championships.”
Relph travels with her parents Steven and Kirsty Relph to all the series meetings and most of the Motorcycle Sportsmen of Queensland meetings at Morgan Park.
As for the future, she is keen to race overseas but the cost is holding her back.
Relph has noticed the increase in female participation in the sport after she was the first girl to win a national series race in motorcycle racing in Australia.
"Warwick events attract a lot of spectators and most of the riders enjoy the experience. I like Morgan Park and call it my home track.”