Sherco’s Emma Bristow crowned 2015 SuperEnduro Women’s Cup Champion at the GP of Finland in Helsinki…

The Grand Prix of Finland was the second and final round of the Women’s Cup and the deal was simple. Winner in Riesa earlier this month, Emma Bristow had a six-point lead on Sandra Gomez and a 10-point advantage on Jane Daniels and therefore looked odds on favourite to successfully defend her title in Helsinki.

“It feels brilliant to win the title again,” told Bristow. “I was a little nervous coming into today but I knew what I needed to get the job done.

“My start in race one wasn’t great but I managed to catch up to Sandra and find a way past to win. Crashing in race two was far from ideal but I tried not to panic. Once I got to fourth I knew the title was safe. Although a short season it’s been great and I’m so happy to have won again.”

But the official Sherco rider had to battle hard from the very first race. Local rider Sanna Karkkainen (KTM) took the holeshot in front of her home crowd but was quickly passed by Gomez – despite still nursing an injured ankle.

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Starting fourth behind Daniels, Bristow soon worked her way onto the rear wheel of Gomez and applied the pressure.

After some tight racing she found her way to the front and pulled clear to claim the win. With Gomez second it was Karkkainen who finished an impressive third.

Lining up for race two Bristow knew she need to place fourth to be crowned champion. But hitting the dirt in the first corner resulted in the Sherco rider being forced to fight to recover.

Capitalising on the situation, Gomez grabbed hold of the race lead and pushed hard to build a gap. Despite some last lap pressure from Bristow – who did well to claw her way back to second – the Husqvarna rider held on to take her debut SuperEnduro win.

Despite being forced to settle for second, Bristow knew she had done enough and crossed the finish line as the 2015 SuperEnduro Women’s Cup Champion for the second year running.

Delivering an impressive debut SuperEnduro ride, Karkkainen got her first podium with third position while Jane Daniels – suffering from numerous mistakes – placed fourth overall and ended her championship in third position behind Bristow and Gomez.