What’s your name?
Where are you from?
Who is(are) your rider(s)?
How long have you been a moto mom?
For six years, (since Daden was 5.)
Were you into motorcycles before becoming a moto mom?
I was into racing when Daden’s dad was younger, I was an MX wife.
Describe a typical race weekend for you.
Race weekends are planning a camper to crash in. His dad and I are divorced, so they stay in his camper, and I either find a couch to crash on or make a drive back and forth. Shop for snacks, drinks, and meals; make sure everything is ready to go. If I need to grab last-minute parts, oil, or whatever hasn't come in yet before I head out. If I go on Friday, then I get there and hang out with MX friends until an early bedtime. Gotta make sure Daden is rounded up and shut down early, ready for the next morning. Whether I drive or crash at the track, I get up early and make sure I'm at their camper when he gets up to help him get changed and ready, get something to eat. Make sure that everything is ready to go! His dad is good at getting everything ready, but I always double-check. I usually organize and clean up throughout the day. Watch for the time to get to the gate, cheer Daden on or "encourage" him to gas it, whatever the case may be, during the race. After the races, I will hang around and help him get things put away and hang out with our MX friends for a little while before I hit the road to make the drive back home. If it is a two-day event; I get up early, drive, race all day, get home late covered in dirt and mud, smelling like a two-stroke, shower and straight to bed, and up early to start all over the next day.
What’s your family’s favorite meal at the track?
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions while spectating?
Pre-race, we always pray. Once in the pits, and always on the gate.
Most nerve-wracking moment watching your kid(s) race/ride?
When you see him go down, praying he gets back up. It makes a mom crazy when you see your kid go down and pop up to get off the track and then fall back down. You're at the mercy of the medic and his dad or another dad to give you a thumbs up if he's okay or not.
Favorite part about being at the track?
Just the atmosphere! You're around a group of people that helps everybody! It's a big family and everybody is always there to help each other work on bikes, campers, feed ya, cheer on each other’s kids and cheer for them on the track, even though they may be racing against their kids! We all just want to see them get better!
Favorite and least favorite part about traveling to the races?
I love getting to see different places! I usually have to make the trip by myself, which makes for some long drives.
Craziest travel story?
Taking a wrong turn on the way to the track pulling the camper and hitting a complete dead end. Like, the road literally had a fence across it! We had to back in the pitch-black up a hill and around a curve! Some trips just had everything go wrong that could possibly go wrong!
The most important lesson motocross teaches at a young age.
It teaches that you are a one-man show. There's nothing to hide your bad days. You have to work and work hard. Your results are a direct reflection of YOUR work.
What’s your secret to getting all the dirt stains out of riding gear?
Pressure washing, Fels-Naptha.
Proudest moment of your career as a moto mom thus far?
Every time he shows me he is proud of himself! When he comes out of hard battles on the track, and came out ahead or didn't stop pushing! I love it when he wants momma on the podium with him!!
What’s your favorite track?
Fast Farms MX
Who is your favorite pro racer?
What is your favorite genre of music?
I like every kind of music there is, but I like hip-hop and grunge alternative the best at the track.
What is your favorite movie/tv show?
Of course, the mom in me loves This Is Us and the court reporter in me loves The First 48.
What is in your red solo cup?
My red solo cup always has Diet Mt Dew in it! Depending on the time of day (and how the races went), it could or could not have some Malibu added.
Any advice for the moto moms of the future?
This is such an awesome journey for them! Just encourage them, humble them when they need it, but always remember and remind yourself, that there's going to be another race NEXT week! Just don't forget to LOVE them through it! Celebrate big with them on the good days at the track, and hug them when the day at the track wasn't too hot! It is more than just something that your kid does; it is a lifestyle that the family sells out to, no matter what role they play! You will make great friends who become family, make some of the best memories traveling all over that your kids will remember, and it is great quality time with them! And best thing of all, they will always remember you being there when they come off the track waiting to celebrate or cry with them!