Five Minutes with Nikita Smith – Trials Rider

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Nikita Smith (Gas Gas UK)

Nikita Smith is 19 year of age and comes from a family with trials connections.

“My Dad and his brothers rode a few trials back in their day.” says Nikita.

“The Middlesbrough & District MCC national Cleveland Trial runs just above our farm. When I was around two years of age, I heard the sound of trials bikes and was pointing, so my Mum and Dad took me up to have a look. It all really started from that moment, I just wouldn’t shut up about bikes. My Nan and Grandad bought me a battery bike that I could ride around the farm, but I wanted to go faster so at four, my parents bought my a Honda QR 50. I then progressed on to a Yamaha TY 80 and started to ride trials at the age of six”.

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Nikita on the Yamaha TY80

“I just moved through the classes, my parents were always supporting me and I can’t thank them enough! When I was ready to move to B class, I joined ‘Ace Trials Team’ run and financed by the Kilhams family. For me this was a dream come true at such a young age. They gave me brilliant support and they introduced me to the European and World trials scene. They showed me how everything worked, as it’s a bit different than entering a club trial! Unfortunately the Ace Trials Team didn’t continue, so I joined up with John Shirt at Gas Gas UK which was fantastic help as I progressed in my riding career.

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Nikita’s FIM Women’s Trial GP of Andorra riding bib from 2013 – Photo: Sallyann Smith

“My cousins also rode a few trials we all live quite close so we would go practising together”.

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Nikita shows her all action style on the Gas Gas – Photo: Kacey Smith

“Unfortunately, I suffered a road traffic accident which involved head, chest and leg injuries. This has been a big set-back to me, but my goals still remain the same to ride at the top level. I am currently undergoing physio with my leg and working hard to get where I want to be, on a trials motorcycle”.

 

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Nikita Smith doing what she likes best, riding trials

Mark Kilhams, Owner of the Ace Trial Team commented: “I approached the Smith family at the final ladies round in the Isle Of Wight as I saw great potential that was not being fully accessed. I knew that Joanne Coles would be the best mentor for Nikita and would make a great team mate. Thankfully the family agreed to compete abroad if supported in the world and European paddocks by Ace Trials Team. This was a very successful arrangement for all involved and Nikita’s achievements and potential brought in a lot of new interest and sponsorship to the team. We have kept in constant contact with the Smith family since Nikita’s terrible accident and I know that the strong-will and single mindedness that bought her so many top podium finishes, will get her back to the top of ladies trials again”.

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Nikita getting back in the groove on her Gas Gas in July 2016 – Photo: Sallyann Smith

2017 Update:

Now fully recovered from her horrific road accident, and at the ripe old age of twenty years, Nikita Smith makes a comeback on the world stage with her first appearance since 2013 when she was fifteen.

Nikita will take part on a Gas Gas machine and compete in the newly launched ‘Trial2 Women’ class in the World trial series in Kingman, USA in August 2017.

Article Text Copyright: Trials Guru / Moffat Racing – John Moffat 2017

Photos:

  • Courtesy of Nikita Smith, all rights reserved.
  • Kacey Smith
  • Sallyann Smith

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