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Olivia Judy – One To Watch!

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.

 Ironman GNCC 2017
Ironman GNCC 2017

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!

Tomahawk GNCC 2017
Tomahawk GNCC 2017

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 

Snowshoe GNCC 2017
Snowshoe GNCC 2017

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King – Moto Girl Shredding Off-Road

Ladies… you are in good company…GR8 company actually… Take notice of the amazing women out there shredding tracks and trails and get to know them and their stories of grit and ambition – they will surly make you smile – laugh and just plain…WoW YA!

Last weekend at round 8 of the 9 round Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series Womens Amateur Racer, Christy King made her Honda 250 sing! Christy was really enjoying her race weekend as the course was suited to her moto-background and wide-open moto-style. Coming in after 12 special tests with a time of 1:37:47.063 this is close racing to the finest degree… you have to be perfect and Christy was perfect… toping the class in all twelve tests!

Christy is always smiling…she is a happy soul and I love to see her as she strives to tame that moto-throttle through the woods throughout the weekend.

It was super cool that the Full Gas Sprint Enduro series founder Jason Hooper decided to recognize Christy

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Becca Sheets
Tayla Jones
Christy King
FGSE Rockcrusher

with third place money from series sponsor PRI Insurance from the premiere womens class – inviting her to the premiere womens podium for a sweet trophy and interview… Never before has it been done – podiums are usually reserved for the premiere class – but not this weekend…this weekend one of our own was up there saying her thank you’s…you can’t help but imagine that the near future we will see King on the box with the fastest off-road women in the sport on more of a regular as she continues to develop her skills and work to move up in class.

So I caught up with Christy to learn a little more about this powerhouse in the womens amateur class,  she sits in the lead currently a mere 14 points ahead of Heather Cosner who is an absolute ripper on the technical courses! The final round of the series is at Big Buck, November 11th and 12th and should be exciting! It’s a great mix… but the cross test is usually fast – real fast and that may be just what King needs to put it all together!

MEET CHRISTY KING!…

Age and Hometown?

I’m 23 years old from Canal Winchester, Ohio.

How long have you been riding and how did you become interested?

I’ve been riding a dirt bike since I was 6 years old, so going on 18 years! I have 2 older brothers that used to race, so I’ll say I got it from them. My brothers had friends that rode too and they would always come with us to the races. Mostly local motocross races but we always went to Mini O’s and a few other big nationals. It was always a good time. In 2005, my brother Jimmy had a bad crash that left him paralyzed from the chest down. After that, my other brother Jason didn’t ride much and it’s just been me ever since.

When did you decide to try racing and what was your first race experience like?

My brothers raced and I always had to do what they did. My first race was in 2000 at our local fair. I was just this tiny little 6 year old girl on a pw50 lined up with a bunch of boys. It was a full gate and I ended up 9th I think.

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What is your current race bike?

I have a 2010 crf250r as my motocross bike and a 2012 crf250r as my woods bike.

Do you prefer 2 stroke or 4 stroke?

Probably the 4 stroke. I’ve ridden the 65’s and the 85’s and decided to have a 125 as my first big bike. I switched to the 4 stroke in 2012 and haven’t really looked back since. I feel my speed improved a lot when I switched to the 250f and I like not having to shift all the time haha. Although lately I’ve been pretty curious how I’d ride a 2 stroke now.

Best add-on to your bike…

My graphics! Since his crash, my brother Jimmy has been building his own graphic business called Fast Am Productions. His stuff is high quality and I like the option of having complete customization on my bike and jersey kits. Other than that, probably my fork seal savers! All the parts on my bike are usually OEM.

IMG_2201You come from a motocross background – now you race off-road as well… What made you try off-road and do you prefer one more than the other?

My boyfriend actually got me into off-road. When I was on 85’s I used to race a few of the GP’s at a track close to me called Fast Traxx. Once I got on big bikes I was nervous to try racing woods because I was so short on my bike and it’s always a struggle to pick my bike up after I fall, and to be honest I just wasn’t a very good technical rider.  Basically, this whole year I have been only off-road, and it has been a crazy adjustment, but I’m really enjoying myself. Ohio motocross is pretty stale, and I’m tired of paying a bunch of money to sit around waiting all day to only race 8 or so laps. Off-road is so much more challenging and I actually feel proud of myself when I finish a race so I prefer off-road right now.

I’ve seen you race the GNCC Series as well as the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series… For your friends that think off-road is off-road can you explain the difference between these two off-road series that you race and which one suits you best and why?

To me, GNCC is like the top dog when it comes to American motorcycle racing. You show up to the place and you can barely get a parking spot it’s so packed with people. It’s actually pretty intimidating. The whole time I’m on the line waiting for my row to go, I’m just running scenarios through my head about how wild the next 2 hours are going to be. I really like the Full Gas Sprint Enduro series because you only have to endure the craziness for about 10 minutes at a time, opposed to 2 hours. The whole format of FGSE is perfect. They definitely suit me better. The tracks are usually nowhere near as rough as the GNCC’s get, but a few rounds have been pretty crazy this year! I love that it’s a single file start and you’re basically out there racing with yourself. You don’t have to worry about coming together with any other riders. It’s also awesome that youIMG_5171 get to ride on 2 separate tracks over the whole weekend! I’m still struggling in the woods so the field tracks can give me a chance to make up the time I lost on the woods portion. It helps that a few of the rounds actually had motocross tracks as the cross test. The jumps definitely give me an advantage. And the vibe at FGSE is so laid back! It doesn’t even feel like you’re at a race. I love all the people I’ve met doing this series, you have no choice but to make small talk with the riders in your row as you’re waiting for your turn. The only downfall of the series is that you pretty much have to be perfect all 12 tests over both of the days if you want to get good placing.

What was it like sharing the podium with two of the fastest off-road women this past weekend at Rockcrusher FGSE?

It was awesome!! That was the first big check I’ve received in all my years racing dirt bikes and to get it in my first year in off-road was so rad!! Becca and I grew up racing motocross together, so it was just super cool to see how things come around full circle and I was able to be up there with her making Ohio proud.

Is there a female racer past or present that you truly admire?

When I was younger I always looked up to Ashley Fiolek and Tarah Geiger. Those are some pretty cool chicks.

What are your goals for 2018?

I’m not really sure. I want to do more Full Sprints, probably not the whole series again but definitely the ones that are closest to me. My boyfriend is doing the full GNCC series in the XC3 class so I will be at all of those, but I will probably only race a few of them. Maybe try for Loretta Lynns. Who knows! I’m just going with the flow and seeing where it takes me.

 Best riding advice given to you that you still refer to today?

 Grip with your legs!

 If there is anything you would like to see changed or improved for women in the sport…what would that be?

I’d just like to see more girls getting out there and racing in general. This sport could really benefit from girls. In motocross, I feel the women don’t really get taken seriously. The WMX is nothing compared to what it used to be and I believe it’s because not many women are racing every weekend. But it’s hard to when there’s no money in it. I think the off-road series takes good care of their women riders, way more than motocross. Things could only get better if we had just as many women out there riding as boys.

 Feel free to list your supporters and peeps you’d like to thank.

I’d like to thank my mom, dad, brother, and boyfriend. They are the only ones helping me get to the races each weekend!

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5th Year Win at ISDE for Aussie Women! Chat with Tayla Jones on the Victory…

Australia has brought us… “The Black Box Flight Data Recorder” – ” The Electric Drill” and most notably… “Off-Road Motorcycle Phenom – Tayla Jones”

My first Tayla sighting was at the Full Gas Sprint Enduro in 2014 at Big Buck in South Carolina… With a super smooth and fast riding style I knew if she decided to become a regular here in the States, women’s off-road would benefit and continue to excite.

American women do not run from competition – they see it – admire it and then they work on learning from it in hopes of eventually rising to it…  Currently it is the Australian Tayla Jones that is dominating the scene in many areas of off-road. While putting this interview together after the Australian Womens Trophy Team victory during the International Six Days of Enduro in France a mere eight days later Tayla would find herself on the podium spraying sweet champagne at the Grand National Cross Country Series Round 10 in Unadilla N.Y. in celebration of a well earned National Series Championship Title…three rounds early in the Womens Premiere WXC Class! Every round she entered in this years GNCC series she has won…that Championship Victory is Well Deserved In-Deed!

Tayla is also the points leader in the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series with near perfect results as well as the National Enduro Series with wins in every round she has entered!

Just last month Tayla raced Round One of the Endurocross Series in Las Vegas and earned a sweet 3rd place… This 21 year old from New South Wales Australia is in the zone to say the least and setting a feverish pace for the competition to rise to.

Tayla isn’t just a fast female racer – she in competitive in the overall against the men as well – you’ll find her placing in the top 15 among fast Pros and A riders in the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series where mere seconds make all the difference!

Tayla ready race ready for the start of the 2017 ISDE
Tayla ready race ready for the start of the 2017 ISDE

If it sounds as though I’m excited about the Aussie dominating the American scene – I say well – yes… She is brilliant on a dirt bike and is working with an American team, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KR4 and her mechanic is American Stu Baylor… She is living on the American East Coast riding and racing some of the best Americans in the business and while she is making her mark in women’s off-road she is also elevating women’s off-road for all women and inspiring them to put in the work and rise to the top level in racing! 

I had a chance to chat with Tayla about her and her teammates fifth victory in the International Six Days of Enduro – the team of three women in the Womens Trophy Class who raced a challenging off-road course for 6 days – without assistance to work on their motorcycle and required to get to check points on time. I’m no expert on the ISDE but you can learn about it HERE. I kept track of our awesome American Team – Becca Sheets, Kacy Martinez-Coy and Brandy Richards – for our American Ladies – this would be their first time racing in the ISDE, a brand new team eager and ready to rip the fresh course in France! It was very exciting to watch the live scoring as the race progressed through the week and our American ladies continued to improve. In the end Sheets, Coy and Richards finished respectably in second followed by France…YAY! I believe if this team sticks together and returns to ISDE in 2018 they will battle hard for that win and prestige that come with it.

Now onto Tayla on that prestigious team victory in France…

Wow…5 years in a row Team Australian Women have dominated ISDE! Congratulations to you, your team and Country! What’s your secret?… No secret really. Racing in Australia is a lot like Europe, we follow all the same rules and our tracks are laid out similar so that really helps when it comes time for ISDE.
How long have you been teammates with Jemma Wilson and Jessica Gardiner? Jess, Jemma and I have been team mates for the last 5 years. 
When you were living in Australia did you race or ride together much? I raced Jess as a kid at mx but I only started racing Jemma when I went to off-road in 2012. Over the last few years I’ve gotten to ride with Jess a fair bit as we only lived a couple hours a part but Jemma lived 15 hours north so the 3 of us never really trained together. Australia has one main off-road series that we all did so we got to race against each other a bit.
Did you feel a lot of pressure to hold onto the ISDE title going in to this year’s race? Yes and no. Obviously we went into the race with a target on our backs after winning the 4 years previous but that doesn’t change our way of racing. We know how to ride and all we can do is our best no matter what so as long as we did that we were going to be happy.
Is it all serious or do you ladies find time for fun and laughs? Not at all haha. We like to have a lot of fun and it never gets very serious at all. 
Is it difficult to work on your own bike as required during the ISDE…does that come up much? I do get a little nervous about something going majorly wrong and not knowing what to do but it never seems to happen. Even if I do have a drama I either know enough to get by or if I’m at a control I can have verbal help from someone who does know what to do so that helps.
One of your teammates Jemma Wilson announced her retirement from ISDE on social media… What are your thoughts on her announcement and for the future of your team? It is really sad to hear after such a great 5 years as a team but it’s also exciting to see what comes next. Jemma was a strong part of the team so replacing her is going to be hard and I hope the next in line will fit in just as well.
Any chance that your Australian friend who you have been competing regularly against in the United States, Mackenzie Tricker would be a good fit for the team? I have chatted with Mackenzie and she is definitely keen to give the ISDE a try, so who knows maybe she will be our new team mate. Kenz is definitely fast and would definitely contribute a lot to our team fir sure.
You have had such amazing racing success in the States everything seems to really be clicking for you… do you feel racing here in the U.S. has played a part in your success in the ISDE? Racing in the US is a whole different ball game compared to Australia and Europe. I feel like I have gotten faster being over here so that helped for sure in France but I still believe the Aussie style is better suited getting ready for Europe.
The Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series that you follow and are leading in the Pro Women division is supposed to be similar to the ISDE do you feel that form of racing has helped you in any way? Yeah for sure. The sprints is the closet the USA have to the ISDE and it such a great series. It is my favorite racing here and I love the European style tracks Hooper lays out. Anyone wanting to do a six day should really consider doing the sprints to get themselves ready for it!
Please feel free to Give a shout out to anyone that is in your corner…I wouldn’t be able to do any of this if it wasn’t for my awesome team and the great bunch of supporters I have in my corner. The whole Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KR4 Performance Husqvarna team have provided me with everything I need to succeed and I cant thank them enough. Also a huge shout out to my mechanic Stu Baylor for all he does for me, a lot goes on behind the scenes and he makes sure my bike and everything is ready for me to win races no matter what.

Tayla hammering at the ISDE
Tayla hammering at the ISDE

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Note: Pictures compiled from Tayla Jones Social Media Pages.