9. All-girl Racing Team


American racer Shelina Moreda (left) and Kiwi Avalon Biddle (right) rode a Honda CBR600RR racebike prepared by Moriwaki Engineering in this year’s Suzuka 4 Hours.

It’s cool enough just to have an endurance racing team comprised entirely of women riders, but the Moriwaki Racing team is especially cool because it features an American: Shelina Moreda. The team actually features two Americans, as Melissa Paris was supposed to team up with Moreda this year, but was forced to withdraw due to illness. Thanks to an effort from the FIM Women in Motorcycling commission, Shelina and Melissa competed in the 4-hour race in 2014. They did well enough (and were a fan favorite) to get invited back to take part in the race again for 2015. Unfortunately, Melissa was forced to withdraw from the 2015 race, but taking her place on the team was young Kiwi prospect, Avalon Biddle, who received the call to pack her leathers and fly to Japan only five days before the race. Biddle and Moreda started 51st out of 78 entries and finished in an impressive 26th place.