What’s your name?
Where are you from?
Salt Lake City, Utah
Who is(are) your rider(s)?
Dannyn Reed #44
How long have you been a moto mom?
About eight years.
Were you into motorcycles before becoming a moto mom?
No, the husband got the kids hooked.
Describe a typical race weekend for you.
We stay in our motorhome at the track for the weekend so we wake up, eat breakfast and get Dannyn out the door to practice. Luckily, Dannyn’s dad works on his bike and makes sure it’s ready for racing. I’m in charge of keeping Dannyn hydrated and the meals. We have a very energetic 3-year-old and sometimes it’s hard to watch the races with a toddler running around but we do our best and we have some amazing friends that help us keep him entertained while we are at the track. We stay focused on when Dannyn’s next races are and after the racing is over, we relax and hang out with our friends. The next day we clean up and head home.
What’s your family’s favorite meal at the track?
We love homemade Chicken Alfredo the night before race day.
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions while spectating?
Not really. Sometimes I’ll say a prayer with Dannyn before he heads up to the gates and then I pray a lot to myself while he’s on the track.
Most nerve-wracking moment watching your kid(s) race/ride?
I get nervous watching him pass kids. Whether it’s a person he’s battling with or a lapper, I always hold my breath during the passes. And, It’s awful seeing them wreck or go down. Seeing anyone wrecking, even if I don’t know them, is nerve-wracking for me though.
Favorite part about being at the track?
I enjoy spending time with our friends at the track. We have been so lucky to get to know a great group of genuinely nice families and we have all sort of bonded through the long weekends or traveling to the same national races, and it is so comforting knowing they will be at the races. We love them like family. I have two older teens so sometimes I have something going on with the other kids so I can’t make it to a race but I love knowing our friends will be there to help out.
Favorite and least favorite part about traveling to the races?
My favorite is definitely racing. Watching your child out there on the track giving it all they have is an awesome feeling. My least favorite part is the packing and unpacking. That part is no fun.
Craziest travel story?
Probably when we were heading to the Ponca race. We loaded up our motorhome and started the 17-hour drive from Utah to Oklahoma. There were storms all around us during our drive. The freeway was shut down for severe weather at one point so we had to pull over and wait for it to re-open. We finally got to the track and had a great weekend of racing. As we tried heading home, our motorhome was stuck in the mud. We had to have someone come over in a tractor to pull us out. The storms on the way home were worse than the ones on the way up. We saw overturned semis. Jack-knifed semis. A few crashes. Lots of cars were pulled over on the sides of the freeways stuck. My husband just drove slow through all the treacherous areas. I think it took us 26 hours to get home. We were so relieved for that drive to finally be over.
The most important lesson motocross teaches at a young age.
I would say mental strength and accountability. Accountability for the workouts, practices, and nutrition off of the track and in between races that the riders can only hold themselves accountable for (unless they are super young, then it’s up to the parents to help teach them this) and mental strength because motocross is mentally challenging. These kids that show up to the races again and again and again are becoming mentally strong whether they win races or not. The fact that they are giving it their all over and over again is amazing. They’re not quitting cause it’s hard or the race didn’t go their way. They are learning from every single gate drop and practice.
What’s your secret to getting all the dirt stains out of riding gear?
Well, to be honest, my husband washes his gear, but I do buy spray n wash and I’m pretty sure he uses that sometimes.
Proudest moment of your career as a moto mom thus far?
Being there to see Dannyn get his very first ticket to Loretta’s last year. His smile was the biggest I’ve ever seen it. That ticket meant so much to our whole family. It was the greatest.
What’s your favorite track?
Who is your favorite pro racer?
Chad Reed cause we share his last name.
What is your favorite genre of music?
What is your favorite movie/tv show?
What is in your red solo cup?
A mixed drink
Any advice for the moto moms of the future?
Don’t keep track of the costs, trust me. Enjoy it all....the crappy weekends....the amazing weekends....the wins....the almost wins....These memories you’re making will be so fun to remember when you’re older!