Racing families are nothing new in motorcycling, indeed next year in MotoGP there will be three pairs of brothers together on the track: Alex and Marc Marquez, Pol and Aleix Espargarò and Valentino Rossi with Luca Marini. To see two sisters challenging each other at the final corner, however, is a lot rarer. But this is what is happening in New Zealand, in the Gixxer Cup, where they race with Suzuki GSX-150Fs.
Their surname is Dowman, Lucy is 26 but she is making her debut in racing, unlike Lucy who is 19 and already has some experience under her belt.
“All my family race, but I've always been sitting on the sidelines and just watching – explained Emma - This year I'll finally be able to get into it. I remember when I was little, my dad would take me for rides around the circuit on the back of his bike.”
DNA is not an opinion and in the end she decided to join her sister and her brother on track.
"I was a bit jealous when Lucy and my brother Michael raced the GIXXER bikes together for the first time – she continued - and then I decided I was finally going to get my road bike licence and then decided to get into racing too. Dad's been really great supporting us. I want to be more competitive but, seeing as Lucy got so much more experience than me at the moment, it's not quite there yet. I harass her a little but not really a threat to her yet."
Last weekend they went up against each other once again at the Manfeild Circuit in the second round of the Cup, but hopefully it'll only be a matter of time however before we see them up against each other in a classic in-family brawl on the international stage.
Photo courtesy of Andy McGechan