Women Riders

Women’s Motocross Today

Written by  April 30, 2016

It was the winter of 2010 when Hannah Hodges’ father presented her with a dilemma. They were on their way to Bithlo, a motocross track in Orlando, Florida when Hannah was told she would have to make a decision. It seemed a recent change in class structure meant the 11-year-old Hannah was too young, by one year, to race in the newly formed 12-15 year bracket, which was changed from 11-15 years of age. She could either race with the older girls, who were faster and more experienced and rode 85cc bikes or she could ride her 65cc bike in the boys’ 11 and younger class. After 5 minutes, Hannah made her choice. “I want to race with the boys”, she declared.

The following August, Hannah made her debut at the biggest amateur motocross race in the US as one of the fastest 42 65cc riders. She finished the season 29th overall and today, at the age of 15, Hannah competes with both men and women in motocross.

With the Women’s Motocross Association (WMA) no longer a pro circuit, Hannah keeps her amateur status, racing in women’s amateur class as well as the boys’ super-mini class. Her goal is to become the first girl to qualify for a Supercross.

In 2014, 22-year-old Vicki Golden became the first woman to earn a pro license after competing in the men’s Arenacross series. She had won multiple titles and accolades beforehand, beginning with becoming the 2008 champion of the Loretta Lynn’s AMA Women’s Amateur competition and culminating with her becoming the first woman to complete the Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross. This competition is a qualification program within the Amsoil Arenacross series that all riders must complete in order to race Monster Energy Supercross. When she registers for her first race in 2015, she won't be the first female to race supercross against men, but she'll be the first to do so in 15 years.

Now in 2016, professional women motocross competitions have all but disappeared. If they want to race, they have to race against the males. It was almost impossible to find any information regarding women motocross racers after the year 2014. Racers like Hannah Hodges and Vicki Golden, who, in 2015 became the first woman to qualify for the “Fast 40” in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, refuse to leave behind their passion for riding and competing. They continue to compete wherever and whenever they can, breaking records and tearing down more barriers as they go.