What’s your name?
Where are you from?
San Diego, CA
Who is(are) your rider(s)?
Have 3: Jay Yoder, Hunter Yoder and the most famous Ryder Yoder.
How long have you been a moto mom?
I have been a moto mom for fourteen years now, and eleven of those have been spent at the track almost every other weekend.
Were you into motorcycles before becoming a moto mom?
I was definitely into off-road of any sort. I used to race in the desert with Jay when Hunter was 2 years old. We got into racing when Hunter was about 4.
Describe a typical race weekend for you.
Oh geez, utter craziness. We normally have about a lot of family with us. I’m normally cooking, cleaning, cooking, goggle prep, checking on the riders and typically looking for Ryder as he likes to wander and do his own thing, lol!
What’s your family’s favorite meal at the track?
That’s hard, I try to cook the same at the track as I do at home. I’d say salmon or spaghetti.
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions while spectating?
The pre-race ritual is just checking the moto schedule five times to make sure we are where we need to be. Breathing and trying to stay calm for Hunter. After he goes to line up, you’ll normally find me pacing in a corner typically with our family and friends.
Most nerve-wracking moment watching your kid(s) race/ride?
Loretta Lynn’s 2016, he was leading his class 65s and in points lead. Next thing we know he’s on the ground with the bike on top of him. We could see he was okay, but he couldn’t get the bike off of himself. The flagger couldn’t help him, and it wasn’t until Ryan Holiday ran across the track and got it off of him. Thank you by the way Ryan! After that he went from almost dead last backup to third place, which was insane to watch because we knew he was pushing so hard to make up those positions.
Favorite part about being at the track?
The time together as a family. It is truly an honor to be involved with our kids in this sport as close as we all have to be.
Favorite and least favorite part about traveling to the races?
Favorite part is the experience with the kids, there are so many amazing stops, opportunities that you can enjoy on a road trip. Least, the clean up after you get home!
Craziest travel story?
Our first trip to Loretta’s when we borrowed the Varola’s motorhome and shared it with another moto family. There was a total of ten of us in the motorhome (two being toddlers) and it was a very HOT year. We also had two sets of grandparents camping with us, and the entire time we were just all so excited to be there.
The most important lesson motocross teaches at a young age.
Motivation: if you want something you have to be motivated to work hard and get it.
What’s your secret to getting all the dirt stains out of riding gear?
Don’t let it sit! We wash our Fox gear right after riding. Bring a bucket and just get what you can out. Tide and Oxiclean to follow.
Proudest moment of your career as a moto mom thus far?
I have so many. Honestly, the proudest of moments are when he comes off the track with a smile and excitement. That’s when I am proudest and watching him interview and seeing his maturity as he gets older and wiser.
What’s your favorite track?
Fox Raceway is my favorite
Who is your favorite pro racer?
What is your favorite genre of music?
What is your favorite movie/tv show?
Stand by Me or The War
What is in your red solo cup?
Normally just ice water sometimes with a splash of vodka and lemon 🙂
Any advice for the moto moms of the future?
Enjoy this time! It truly takes a team. Whether that’s your family, friends, sponsors, competitors you’re all wanting the same thing from this sport: to enjoy your time with your kids and to see them happy. It’s what we all want as moms. No matter how tired you are, to see that smile when they come off the track, the dirt, grit, sweat and tears, it’s all worth it. They will have so many memories of this time, so make them count.