Some girls just have that fire and grit… In 2015 at the Full Gas Sprint Enduro CJ Raceway round in West Virginia I was enjoying a day of racing in that crisp mountain air… Sometime during the day I heard this young girl with raised voice from beneath her helmet obviously upset about something… She was so fiery and seemed huge in character, packed in a petite package. I wondered who she was – so eager to get back out on the course after some kind of issue… I wanted to watch her ride because I knew she was after it!
When thinking about who I should reach out to for a DBGA interview – Olivia came to mind so I contacted her and asked her if she remembered that day… !
Olivia replied – “I was so excited to race that race, then I had my first mechanical issue ever and I was about to loose my mind lol.”
I hope you enjoy this interview with this colorful and fun off-road racer… Olivia Judy. I sense her passion for the sport will propel her to the top in the near future! Best wishes to her for a safe and exciting upcoming race season and congrats to her on a well earned 4th in the 2017 Grand National Cross Country Series Womens B class!
How old are you and where is your hometown? I’m 16 years old and I live in Reedsville West Virginia
How did you become interested in riding dirt bikes and how old were you when you started riding?My interest with dirt bikes really came from my uncle Vincent who used to race and he’s actually where I got the number 241 from. I started riding when I was about 13 on a Yamaha TTR 110.
What made you decide to start racing and when was that? A little group of boys that lived near me all raced and when I would go riding with them we would always talk about me racing and finally after lots of nagging we got my dad to give in and let me race my first race.
Do you remember what that first race was like? Any stand out moments? I remember my first race like it was yesterday, I felt like a million bucks on my Honda 150f with my mix and match gear. I actually led my first race for a little bit but then I had a big crash and lost the lead. I was so pumped because I wanted to race more than anything.
What class do you usually race and what bike are you currently riding… what do you like about it (bike)? In 2016 I raced the Girls 8-15 glass in the GNCC series then after wrapping it up early I moved up to Women amateur. In 2017 GNCC split women’s amateur up into womens B and womens C so I decided to race womens B. I currently ride a KTM 150 and I love how light and fun it is to ride.
Tell me a little about how this racing season has been for you… What series do you follow and do any of the races stand out to you? This racing season has certainly been one to remember. From mechanical issues to turning my bike into a submarine at the Florida GNCC it certainly hasn’t been an easy year, but no matter what I’ve tried to keep a positive outlook and move forward. I race the GNCC series mainly and then will run some local races around home. Tough and techincal races are what I like the most but a race that stands out to me the most would have to be the Mountaineer run GNCC because I LOVE the rocks!
What are your future goals? Anything more than anything you really want to achieve? My future goal is definitely to be a top 3 runner in the womens pro class. I know that won’t come easy but I have wanted that from day one and I will do whatever it takes to get there!
2018 racing plans? For 2018 I plan on running the GNCC series and some other races here and there like Full Gas Sprint Enduros but as far as classes go I haven’t exactly decided yet. It all really depends on what I get done over the off season and how I feel heading into 2018.
What grade are you in and is it hard to balance school and riding? I’m a Junior in high-school and school and dirt bikes definitely do get in the way of each other. I miss a decent amount of school when it comes to traveling to races but I also tend to take some “sick” days to get in a little extra riding haha. I just have to stay on top of my game so I keep up with school and racing.
Do you have any women racers that you look up to or admire? There’s several women racers that I think are really awesome, but Tayla Jones stands out to me the most because she kills it!
How do you think we could grow the ranks of female riders? I think that Female riders need a little more recognition and girls need to know that racing is as much a girls sport as it is a boys sport.
What is your favorite terrain to ride?…Mud – Sand – Rocks – Clay? My favorite terrain is hands down rocks. I would pick a rocky rough track over a fast track any day.
What was it like lining up and racing in the WXC line at the Ironman GNCC? Lining up in the WXC class at Ironman was a really cool experience for me. I knew going into it that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the top women, but having a clear first lap and being up there running at a fast pace with other fast riders really made me pick up the pace. I know i’m far from ready to truly compete in that class but i’m hoping with some time and hard work I’ll get there!
Anyone you’d like to give a shout out to?
As always I have to give a huge thank you to everyone that makes all this possible for me. Todd Ely for taking me in and continuing to support me no matter what happens and of course the entire Tely Energy Racing team and crew for having my back and being my big family. I also couldn’t forget my Dad, Mom and brother for helping me behind the scenes and everyone who has cheered me on and supported me so far in my racing career! ~Olivia Judy
Photos provided by Olivia Judy