Ashley Fiolek, the fastest woman in Motocross, is deaf
[Photo from The ESPN Magazine]
Ashley Fiolek (born October 22, 1990) in Dearborn, Michigan and now lives in St. Augustine, Florida, is a deaf motocross racer in the Women’s Motocross Association (WMA).
In a sport dominated by sound, Women’s Motocross Association Champion Ashley Fiolek, profoundly deaf since birth, is just starting to make some noise. Ashley, now 19, dethroned five-time WMA Champion Jessica Patterson to become the youngest WMA champion ever. She was the first female rider featured in action on the cover of Transworld Motocross (or any major American motocross publication) and stood alone to advance women’s racing in the U.S. to the next level of performance, recognition, and prestige. Not bad for her pro debut, which also featured a debilitating mid-season broken wrist.
A competitor to the core, Ashley’s accomplishments on the track speak to her talent, dedication, and ambition. But it’s not just how she races but who she races that might best tell her story. Women’s motocross is a fast-emerging sport though it still garners little of the respect or recognition of men’s motocross. But that’s all changing, and, as always, Ashley’s out in front. Looking forward into ’09 and beyond, Ashley is concentrating on doing her best to bring home another championship, both here and abroad. In January, Ashley became the first-ever female factory rider for Honda Red Bull Racing, a historic achievement. A potent combo of talent and charisma, Ashley is poised to change the face of women’s racing in this country and around the world.
Racing with numberplate 67, she was the 2008 WMA Pro National champion after her first professional win at the WMA Pro National Hangtown. She has also won many races in the current 2009 season, including Moto 1 at Hangtown and both motos at Glen Helen. She repeated as 2009 WMA Pro National Champion by finishing 7th at Steel City Raceway in Delmont, Pennsylvania on Sept 5, 2009. She finished this race in pain with a collarbone fracture, the result of a spill during the race.
[Photo from the Transworld Motorcross magazine]
The other big story so far this month for women’s MX is that the 2008 WMA National Champion Ashley Fiolek is on the cover of the December issue of Transworld Motocross – another milestone for women’s motocross. Fiolek is the first woman racer in history to be featured on the cover of a nationally distributed U.S. motocross magazine in action (noting that, 21 years ago, the legendary Mercedes Gonzales made history by being on the cover of Dirt Rider for a bike-test shootout). [From Racerxonline, December, 2008]
Crowds love Ashley Fiolek. If only she could hear them roar. [From ESPN, June 5, 2009.]
It is first in history that a deaf person capture first place in X games! [Read the article we wrote.]
Interview: Ashley Fiolek – Honda Red Bull Racing website, August 04, 2009. [Interview: Ashley Fiolek]
Ashley Fiolek on Last Call with Carson Daly
Found the advertisement in Motorcross magazine.
What does the Universal Language real mean by that?
She is in rank 29 out of 100 in Men’s. Whoa!!!
Ashley Fiolek’s 2009 Championship season highlights. [Watch video]
Special Note for Ashley Fiolek: We, the Fookem and Bug Editors, want to congratulate you for your success in Motorcross. Keep up with your dream and success.