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October-December 2009
TOP TEN: Fast Women (On Two Wheels) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky Shimek   

 

HH brings you a list of American Women who have sped their way onto the track, dirt, and salt – breaking records while securing their spot in female moto history. Stay tuned for an International list, as naming only ten barely scrapes the surface of this ever-widening trend.  

 

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#1 Jessica Zulasky 

Following a successful, professional snowboarding career, Jessica has been the primary woman racer in the AMA Pro Roadracing circuit since 2002. She earned her racing stripes early in her career against the boys, placing 9th in the AMA Pro Thunder Championship. Even after suffering a potential debilitating stroke last year, Jessica has managed to stay competitive in the sport including AMA Formula Xtreme and select AMA Supersport races, clocking speeds of 150 mph while approaching hairpin corners.  

 

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#2 Leslie Porterfield  

Leslie conquered three land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2007, feats all accomplished after an accident that left her with seven broken ribs, a punctured lung, and a concussion. The AMA officially named her the "2008 Racing Female Rider of the Year" for becoming the fastest female in America with a top speed of 234.197 mph. This also led to her induction as the first woman to enter the Bonneville 200mph Club on a conventional "sit on" motorcycle.

 

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#3 Laura Klock

In 2006, Laura set a national land speed record on a bike she and her husband, Brian, built for the Discovery Channel's Biker Build-Off, earning her the title as pilot of the world's fast bagger. Laura continues to improve  her record, but now has more competition as her two teenage daughters, Erika and Karlee, have followed in mom's fast tracks, each setting their own records for their age group. Today this mother-daughter-daughter trio marks the first in the history of land speed racing to hold records at the same time. 

 

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#4 Ashley Fiolek

As a rookie rider at age 13, Ashley secured her first big score winning the Loretta Lynn Air Nautique Nationals in 2004. For the next three years, Ashley would dominate the MX circuit capturing 13 national amateur championships, including the title: Women/Girl Amateur Racer of the Year in 2005. In 2008 she won the AMA/WMA Women's Motocross Championship, and her latest score was a win at the XGames in 2009, rocking it in the dirt on her CRF250R; all this at the ripe old age of 18.

 

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#5 Jessica Patterson

Another famed Motocross rider, Jessica Patterson has a long list of creds to boast, including 5-time WMA Pro National Champion, 3-time Loretta Lynn National Champion (Women's Division), 8-time Lake Whitney Spring National Women's (A) Champion, plus a 2008 ESPY Award Nominee for "Best Female Action Sports Athlete" to secure her standing as one of the top performers in her sport for almost a decade. 

 

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#6 Elena Meyers

There's a new female joining the ranks of the AMA Pro Road Racing scene, only the second one in its history! Elena Meyers is a fifteen-year-old speed phenom that has already proven to encompass maturity and skill. Kawasaki seemed to think so, signing her up in both track support and inclusion in various community relations endeavors. In 2007, Elena went on to produce several podium finishes at the USGPRU National 125GP Series and in 2008 won the WERA National. Elena continues to master her skills as she races her Kawasaki sponsored ZX-6R during the Roadracingworld.com and Kids: Don't Smoke! series.

 

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#7 Karen Stoffer

Karen made history back in 1994 as one of the first women ever to earn her Pro Stock license. After an expensive journey of funding her own way with less-than-stellar results, she meet Doug Johnson, who along with the support of GEICO, started to make a name for herself in this circuit. The new relationship garnered two victories in 2007, and now clocking in one of her fastest times ever, Karen sees a promising strong finish for the rest of the 2009 season. 

 

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#8 Deb Knebel

Spectator turned drag racer, Debbie transformed one night's whim into an 11-year calling. Her long list of accomplishments include: 4-time Prostar Street ET winner, Prostar Super Comp winner, and 2000 IHRA World Champion Division 1 winner. She continues racing today as a member of Team Vanson, an all women's drag racing team. Now that's progress!

 

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#9 Eunice Parrish

In 2008 Eunice became the first female AMA Prostreet Motorcycle Drag Racer to run in the 7's, making her currently the World's Quickest Female on a Prostreet Bike! To date, she has recorded dozens of runs in the seven second zone, proving she is no fluke. She even has bragging rights to "taking out" Kawasaki's famed rider, Ricky Gadson, during an AMA Pro Street B Class run.

 

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#10 Debbie Dross

Debbie has played an important role in  land speed racing on her nitrous-charged Hayabusa during ECTA events. She holds numerous records on various motorcycles and recently joined the elite Maxton 200mph club in 2008 with a 202.351 pass. And just as notable as her speed, Debbie built her own machine, installed nitrous, ran the wiring and performs her own tuning. Her next plan: she's now ready to conquer the salt. 

 
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