Beginners Guide: How to Start Racing with a Dirt Bike

Youve got your bike, youve taken the MSF dirt bike course and youre all geared up—now what? Well, if your goal with dirt bike riding is to race, then its time to get started. Here are the steps you should take and the information you need to get your adrenaline pumping out on the track.

VIDEO: Woman Makes History in Motorcycle Racing

Shayna Texter, a 20-year-old flat track racer, made history late November when she became the first female in AMA Grand National history to win a GNC Pro Singles main event. Shayna’s win marks the first time a woman has won a main event in the more than 50-year existence of the sport, considered the oldest and most traditional form of motorcycle racing.

Salt Sisters: Women Who Love Speed!

A record number of women competed at the world-renowned land-speed trials at the Bonneville Speedway the last week in August. Twenty-one women raced their motorcycles down the Bonneville Salt Flats, the wide-open salt bed near the Utah and Nevada border, to attempt to set new speed records in the classes they’d entered.

Beginners Guide: Track Days Racing Schools

New to road racing? If youve never raced on a track before—or if youre unsure of your speed—youll want to start with a class or event designed for beginners. Here are three options for riders looking to dip their toes into the world of sportbike racing.

Laura Klock and Her Two Racing Daughters

Would you let your 16-year-old daughter race a motorcycle going faster than 100 mph? Well, Laura Klock, a 40-year-old mother of two girls raised a few eyebrows in 2007 when she allowed her daughter Erika (16 at the time) to compete for a land speed record at the Speed Trials by BUB, held at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utahs northwest corner.

Life in the Really Fast Lane

To some people life in the fast lane equals jet-setting jaunts, late nights, and hard-partying ways. Karen Stoffer defines “fast lane” differently. To her it runs at dizzying speeds and higher rpms than Paris Hilton could ever imagine. Try nearly 200 miles per hour. Or a blazing fast quarter-mile lasting just over six seconds.

13-Year-Old Racer On the Fast Track

Shes young, shes bright and shes on the fast track. The very fast track. Shes Elena Myers, the 13-year-old roadracing sensation from Discovery Bay, California, whos turning heads and burning treads at big tracks on the West Coast. Competitive and driven, she not only holds her own, she often holds a top spot at the head of the pack and a podium spot at the end of nearly every race. Yes, she likes to go fast. And yes, she likes to win.

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