We constantly add articles on MOTORESS about motorcycling‘s firsts for women. First women in motorsport to win, or first to compete in various motorsport classes. Yet a few weeks ago (2009), we lost, probably one of our first women motorcycle racers to the sport. Sadly, the young Beatrice Bossini known to those who are close as “Bea” from Montevarchi in Italy. She suffered a fatal accident while testing her Kawasaki Ninja 600 Supersports bike.
All our strides forward taken as women in motorcycling and motorsport in no manner exempts us from its tragic dangers. When and where mishap occurs, we are no different than the male gender. Fatality has no gender distinction, here we are equal.
Many of us take such pleasure and fervour in our racing; riding the limits of our machines, of ourselves simply for its all-encompassing love. And if, and only if, you’ve done it, raced motorcycles, you’ll understand. Yes I too was willing to trade the thrill and “liberation of speed” for the fatal threat. Each time I raced I knew well of the risks which existed. Yet there’s something painfully awakening as I mourn over the young Beatrice. She was so young, just 18 (1991-2009) she just had her birthday.
Her fatal accident happened while Beatrice was exiting the final corner onto the main straight at the Rijeka track in Croatia. She had arrived for a private test session and thereafter planned to spend the holidays with her parents. Apparently she suffered a highsider and, according to reports, was ejected from the bike, hitting the asphalt hard. Beatrice was declared dead at the scene.
I suppose in my relating to the passion shared for motorcycling, imagining what her last thoughts were. Thoughts of an amazing sensation feeding from her body to her mind; of motorcycling heights enjoyed on a track outside of her own country, manoeuvring at speed in harmony with the machine doing what she loved.
My friends at the Italian women’s site Motocicliste have a lovely tribute to “Bea”. Even though in Italian, you can view some great images of her earlier years.
My heart goes out to Beatrice’s family and friends with sincerest condolences.
Thank you to Bea for giing us all such inspiring beauty, such enjoyment through your own unique, young spirited motorcycling example.
Rest in peace.