JORDAN JARVIS: FIRST FEMALE ON A PRO MOTOCROSS GATE SINCE 1983
Following her departure from Yamaha in 2019 after a long and successful amateur career, Jordan Jarvis has been attempting to qualify for a Lucas Oil Pro Motocross race with the SGB Racing/Maxxis/Babbitt's Kawasaki team. The rider from North Carolina showed up at High Point last June and impressed right away with her practice times and her intensity in the Last Chance Qualifier, coming within striking distance of qualifying for the motos. Only the fastest 36 riders make it into the motos directly from qualifying and Jarvis finished 48th of a total 78 riders in the 250 class in her debut. All of the riders that didn’t qualify within the top 36 go to the LCQ, battling it out for the top four positions to determine the full gate for the first moto.
Jarvis has hovered around the top ten in all of the Last Chance Qualifiers this season and she finally broke the barrier of that top ten at WW Ranch, finishing in 9th position. Although she missed the gate, the Kawasaki rider was still registered as the fifth alternate which opened up a possibility that she could line up in moto two. The first 250 moto was full of mechanical failures and injuries which opened up exactly five spots in the gate for the second moto, allowing her the opportunity to test herself against the best 250MX riders in the country, finishing in a respectable 32nd place.
Here’s what Jordan had to say about her weekend in Jacksonville on her social media: “What a weekend WW was; definitely a wild one. The day started off pretty decent with me qualifying 45th. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any better in the second practice. When it came down to LCQ time, I felt good on the bike but some freak bike issues kept me from riding my best in that. I finished up 9th even with my bike not running the best. Obviously not where I wanted to be but I felt good on the track. I went down for the second moto and made it in as an alternate. I’ve had some people post that I didn’t actually qualify which is true. But I wasn’t going to pass up the chance to get some experience on a gnarly rough track. I had an absolute blast on the track. It was crazy rough but that’s how I like it. I definitely think it’s motivated me so much in just one week to ride harder so I can do it all over again this next weekend. Got to experience a little piece and now I’m hungry for more. Ready for Colorado this weekend.”