Vans Welcomes Women’s Motocross
Professional Ashley Fiolek
To The Vans MX Team
Vans Press Release
Cypress, CA (April 22, 2008) – Everyone at
Vans is excited to announce the signing of rising young
motocross star Ashley Fiolek to the Vans Motocross team. At 17
years of age, Ashley just recently turned pro and is also the
first female to join the Vans Motocross family. The St.
Augustine, Florida native is looking forward to a successful
rookie season in the WMA series.
Fiolek, perhaps one of the most naturally talented women in the
world on a MX bike, has taken the sport by storm, capturing 13
amateur national championships and a slew of other awards over
the past few years. While Fiolek boasts a record that would be
impressive for any racer, it’s one that’s especially notable
because she is both young and profoundly Deaf.
Fiolek got her first bike at age 3 and has been participating in
motocross since age 7, training herself to ride and shift by
feeling the bike’s vibrations. Fiolek hasn’t let being Deaf slow
her down in her pursuit to become the fastest women’s motocross
racer in history, and has leveraged her enthusiasm and ambition
to do the improbable - excel in a male dominated sport that
relies heavily on sound. Today, Fiolek, who cites her father as
her mentor, coach, and communicator has gradually worked her way
from minis to big bikes and is now riding comfortably on a
powerful four-stroke Honda CRF250Rs.
“Ashley’s an inspiration to all the young riders out there and
what she is doing for Women’s Motocross and the sport in general
is pretty amazing,” said Vans Motocross Marketing Manager Jerry
Badders. “We are so happy to have her on board with Vans and
can’t say enough about her talent and potential.”
Fresh into her first year as a full-time WMA professional,
Fiolek has a busy 2008 ahead that includes a trip to Europe to
compete in the prestigious FIM World Motocross Series. Fiolek
will also be checking in with Transworld Motocross, for whom she
writes a monthly column.
Ashley’s sponsors in addition to Vans include Honda, Oakley,
Alpinestars and Red Bull.
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