Out of the Blue | Ashley Freeman | Presented by Schrader’s

By Jeff McConkey

‘Out of the Blue’ is brought to you by Schrader’s.

Name: Ashley Freeman

Birthday: September 23rd, 1991

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Occupation: Director of Dining Services

Number: 923

Bike:
Suzuki RMZ 250

Classes: Women or Junior

This week we feature Seattle, Washington, racer, #923 Ashley Freeman | Courtway Action Media photo

How did you get started in racing?

I actually just started riding 2 years ago when I was 23 years old. I had a TTR90 briefly as a kid, but unfortunately due to lack of places to ride and/or family and friends in the sport, I wasn’t able to stick with it. I could never shake the thought of riding, though. After going through a breakup, I decided to pursue my own passion for once, and bought a 1991 RM125 as a starter bike (don’t laugh). Best decision of my life, and I never turned back!

As a little girl, did you ever expect to be this deep into a sport like motocross?

Yes. It was always a dream of mine, but I was never brave enough to go all in to a sport where I didn’t know anyone or know where to start. That is, until 2 years ago.

Do you think motocross is harder for a female to compete in?

For me, not necessarily. I don’t mind racing with the boys (it’s especially fun to beat them), but it’s pretty discouraging here in the Pacific Northwest to sign up in the Ladies class and only have a few other girls show up. That is the whole reason I went up to Canada for the first time for the CDNWMX. I thought it was so cool to see a full gate of ladies. I want to bring that to Washington!

Who is your favourite rider and why?

I like Adam Cianciarulo. Something about his attitude about working hard really impressed me. Like he was never satisfied with his accomplishments, he thinks he can always be better. I like that.

Is there one lady racer out there that you think has paved the way for other girls to be successful in the sport?

Of course, Ashley Fiolek, but I also think Vicki Golden, because she was the first lady to qualify for the night show in AMA Supercross. That would be one of my goals!

Ashley hopes to race our entire Western series in 2018 | Courtway Action Media photo

What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?

Honestly, I’m not too familiar with many of the Canadian Men’s Pros. Hopefully, next year I will be able to follow the Canadian national series and I will get back to you on that one!

What is your favourite track and why?

It changes regularly, but right now I am loving the newest track around the northwest, The Ridge MX in Shelton, WA. It’s huge, well maintained, and the owner/operators actually listen to the riders and make frequent changes to improve. Fun, big jumps, but safe. Wild Rose MX was also awesome, I want to get back out there for a practice day.

Who is your hero?

My parents, for sure. They have worked so hard for me, always support me, and will always be my heroes.

What are your goals for this season?

I have a lot of goals. Mainly, I want to race the whole CNDWMX series next year and podium in all 4 races. Also, get faster than my boyfriend, maybe block pass him in a corner or something. I have some work to do.

What are your biggest accomplishments?

My biggest accomplishment was winning the Women’s C class at Washougal Nationals last year. I also took 1st place in the WHR Arenacross series in Women’s open and 25+ Open.

“I don’t mind racing with the boys (it’s especially fun to beat them), but it’s pretty discouraging here in the Pacific Northwest to sign up in the Ladies class and only have a few other girls show up.” | Kevin Forrest Photography photo

What is your favourite part about going to the races?

Being around my moto family. I came into this sport not knowing a single person that rides, drove by myself to the track and left that day with new friends. It’s a very special crowd, I have met more good people that I couldn’t imagine my life without now!

What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?

I love to do anything competitive, be outdoors, hiking, BBQing, spending time with friends, family, and my dog.

Is it important to have a motocross racer as a boyfriend/partner, or just a bonus?

Well, if he didn’t ride he would be a very lonely guy at home by himself every weekend. Definitely a must.

If you ever have children, will they be motocross racers?

I hope so. I would never force them into something they didn’t want to do, but how could you not want to race motocross?

Who do you want to thank?

I would like to thank Eric Waunch at EWMXschools. He really believed in me from the beginning and has helped me so much with my riding. From finding me my first 250f, teaching me all the basics, making sure my bike is always ready, and being a great friend. Also, my boyfriend, Jimmy. He has helped me improve my riding so much. He always pushes me and supports me no matter what.