All rights reserved. Profoundly deaf since birth, Fiolek remarkably became the best female racer in the noisy world of motocross just a few years ago. Fiolek shocked the motocross world two years ago when she walked away from WMX at the pinnacle of her career because she didn't agree with how the series was being managed by the promoters, and the future for the best rider in the sport suddenly became uncertain. Ashley Fiolek takes instructions while training for the new Marvel Universe Live tour, a traveling show with over 55 performers, including several former X Games athletes.
Ashley Fiolek: Youngest Woman in History to Win the American Motocross Championship
Questions for the pros: Motocross teen champ Ashley Fiolek | ACTIVE
Skip to Content. Women's Motocross has come a long way since the Powder Puff National in , the first relatively big female motocross race held in the U. Now with the Women's Motocross World WMX Championship series along with the X Games, Loretta Lynn's , and the Endurocross series, girls in the modern moto era have an entirely new offering of events to showcase their abilities. Here are eight motocross riders, both past and present, who have excelled:. Ashley Fiolek. Ashley's impact on the women's motocross scene was felt even in mainstream culture. A super sweet girl born without the ability to hear, Ashley happened to be an incredible talent on a motorcycle ever since she first started practicing at the age of seven.
Ashley Fiolek, 21, won gold medals in women's motocross racing two years in a row at the X Games and, at age 17, she became the youngest Vermont Motocross Association Champion in the history of the series. Because she's deaf, Ashley uses the shadows of other racers and the vibrations of her bike to crush her competition. Motocross racing can be a pretty dirty sport, so Ashley explains how she keeps her face clear, and though she's tough on the track, she admits she doesn't like to go a day without eyeliner.
The Saturday racing format and the involvement of some high-profile riders have helped shape the WMX into an active, viable action sport. Ashley created a buzz that the WMX desperately needed. Her personality and the many adversities that she has had to overcome drew fans and publicity to the sport in record numbers. We managed to catch up with the and champion to ask her a few questions.