“It’s one of those sports that once you start you get addicted to it. It’s also a good break from reality when you are out on the track as you have to focus completely.”
Competing against men
Di is used to competing in a “man’s world”.
“I’ve always worked in male-dominated industries (mining, construction, manufacturing, aviation etc.) and had to prove myself against the guys, so this one isn’t any different,” she says.
“When I started racing I sometimes found I had a bit of a target on my back as a female. At the state level male riders were more likely to take risks to try and beat me – they would often end up crashing as a result!
“This isn’t the case at a national level, where the riders are more professional and gender doesn’t seem to matter at all.”
Di is sponsored by Australian casual, sports and lifestyle clothing brand Imperii founded in 2010.
Now in its fourth year, the nationally televised Australasian Superbike Championship includes six separately point scored rounds which will be spread over three major weekend events for 2017.