Honda signs Women’s MX champ Fiolek

Teenager won 2008 WMA title in rookie campaign

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jan. 15, 2009
American Honda has signed 2008 WMA Women’s Motocross Champion Ashley Fiolek.

The 18-year-old will be the first woman to race for the Honda Red Bull Racing team. Fiolek will join Andrew Short, Ivan Tedsco, Davi Millsaps and Ben Townley on Honda’s factory squad. Fiolek will represent the team in the 2009 WMA Championship, X-Games 15 and other select events riding the Honda CRF250R.

Ashley Fiolek will be hanging her No. 1 plate on a Honda CRF250R.
Women's MX will receive expanded exposure in 2009 after getting integrated with the AMA MX series.

“It is great to have all four riders back this year and I am really looking forward to welcoming Ashley to the team,” says Erik Kehoe, manager of the Honda Red Bull Racing Team. “Ashley’s commitment to racing and her strength have earned her not only the respect of Honda but the entire industry. Her achievements have really helped elevate women’s racing to a wider audience.”

Born profoundly deaf, Fiolek won 13 amateur national titles before making her full-season professional debut in 2008, capturing the championship in her rookie year. Fiolek garnered mainstream media attention for her achievement, helping to raise the profile of professional Women’s Motocross.

“Being able to race Motocross professionally on a full factory team at Honda is a dream come true for me,” says Fiolek. “I have been excited beyond belief! I can’t thank American Honda enough for providing me this opportunity and I look forward to working with Erik and the whole Honda Red Bull Racing team.”

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