|“I was surprised when I started getting podiums straight away because there were riders who had been in that category for a long time so I did not think I was going to beat them. After that first round I knew I could do it [so] I did my year in 2019 and moved straight up.”
The pandemic in 2020 resulted in a severely abbreviated world championship season which Minta opted to sit out before making her class debut the following year when she immediately impressed, ending the season in a strong seventh.
“I think I had a couple of fifths and there was a ninth I was not happy about but you cannot win everything. The ability is definitely higher but it is still a big mind game and it is all about keeping your head. That is what I have figured out this year.”
Towards the end of 2021 – after helping her country to second at the Trial Des Nations – she ruptured an ACL contesting the British championship which cancelled out much of the following year, but her results so far in 2023 speak for themselves.
At this level ambition is vital – you have to set your sights high in order to progress in such a competitive class – although at the moment Minta is focusing on a much more grounded goal.
“I want to be world champion but I would just love to become a factory rider. That has been my ambition since day one and I do not think I’m far off it. I would definitely like to ride full-time but at the moment that is not possible.”