Two-time Women’s MX Champ staying with Honda
Courtesy of Motorcycle.com
American Honda has re-signed two-time WMA Women’s Motocross Champion Ashley Fiolek.
Fiolek won the WMA title in her rookie season in 2008 and successfully defended her title the WMA title in 2009 as a factory Honda racer. Fiolek finished second behind Jessica Patterson in 2010, but will try to regain her title in 2011 once more with American Honda.
“Being able to race Motocross professionally on the factory team at Honda has been a dream come true for me,” says Fiolek. “I can’t thank American Honda enough for providing me this continuing opportunity and I look forward to working with [Team Manager Erik Kehoe] and the whole American Honda Racing team once again.”
Fiolek turned pro after winning 13 national titles and over 100 races as an amateur. As she continued to find success as a professional racer, Fiolek has drawn a lot of mainstream media attention, not just as a female motocross racer but also as a deaf racer. In 2010, Fiolek wrote “Kicking Up Dirt”, a book about her overcoming being deaf and become a champion.
“Ashley’s commitment to racing and her strength have earned her not only the respect of Honda but the entire industry,” says Kehoe. “Her achievements have really helped elevate women’s racing to a wider audience.”
Fiolek will ride the Honda CRF250R in the 2011 WMA campaign which begins May 21 with the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento, Calif.