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ince riding with them, I have ridden a Yamaha R6, a really nice Kawasaki KFX450 Supermoto, a Suzuki GSXR600 and my dad even let me ride his Yamaha R1 in Intermediate group at a track day. I now ride and race a Kawasaki Ninja 300 with MotoGladiator where I was able to secure a second place championship alongside my brother who placed first in Superstock, Superbike, and Supersport 300 class. I was able to achieve my goal of finishing top three for the 2018 season. My 2017 season was my first season racing the big bikes and I was able to use that year as a learning season to achieve my goals for 2018. I learned a lot from both seasons. How did you begin your racing career so young? What fuels your passion? Who inspires you in the sport? I began racing at 7 years old when my dad first introduced me to mini moto racing at Sandy Hook Speedway in 2011. It was my first time racing that year. The following year they started a race series where I won my first championship. From there, I continued racing with other organizations that I did very well in. The one thing that fuels my passion is knowing that I am going to make

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history one day. My dad tells me to believe in the impossible and the possible will make room. I was first inspired by Elena Myers when she made history in 2010 as the first female to win an AMA Pro Racing sprint road race. My dad gave me a magazine with Elena Myers in it with my picture next to it. I read it and he told me I could end up in a magazine just like her one day. He was right because two years later I was featured in the January 2014 issue of Roadracing World magazine in the kids section. SJ Harris also inspired me in the sport of racing because she was an African-American female, like myself, and I didn’t know what it would look like to be a black girl, that was a professional road racer, until I met her. Even though she didn’t get to finish her journey, she inspired me to want to finish the pursuit of making history and represent her legacy for young girls and women all around. What is your vision for your future in motorcycling, say ten years from now? My vision for the future of motorcycling in ten years would be that more people will be riding. There isn’t anything else like it. You see so much representation of all kinds on YouTube. More and more people are

gravitating to this lifestyle. I think if the motorcycle enthusiasts that are riding now represent the industry well, they will inspire others and motivate them to want to be apart of it, and then more people will consider being apart of the motorcycle community. If people keep getting hurt, losing their lives and having bad experiences, or even causing chaos, then people are not going to consider riding a motorcycle or owning one; even though there isn’t anything else like riding a motorcycle or owning one. The future of motorcycling depends on us riders and racers! If you could change anything about the world of motorcycling today, what would it be? If I could change anything about the world of motorcycles today, it would be to introduce motorcycle riding and racing to kids in school so they can learn about all the great things it has to offer. Even though people say they are dangerous, it doesn’t have to be if you approach it respectfully. If my dad wasn’t a motorcycle rider, and mom didn’t take up riding, I wouldn’t have realized how much fun it is or have met a lot of really cool people. Plus, you have to be responsible, have a positive attitude, be confident and be a good example in order to really enjoy this kind of lifestyle and I think kids can really benefit from learning that at an early age.

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