Women's Motocross Reunion
Last weekend, a who's who of former and current women's motocross champions gathered in Southern California for a day of celebration, reminiscing and of course, racing. In the back row, from left: Lisa Akin, Mercedes Gonzalez, Kristy Shealy, Dee Woods, Steffi Laier. Front row, from left: Tania Satchwell, Jolene Van Vugt and Sue Fish. There are 16 women's motocross championship titles between them.
Jolene Van Vugt showed up to represent all the ladies of the world who have ventured into the world of freestyle and Nitro Circus chaos. She was also an accomplished racer before joining forces with Travis Pastrana.
Parade of Champions
Sue Fish leads the parade of champions on a 1977 Yamaha YZ125, the same bike she rode for her title that same year.
One Good Turn
Tania Satchwell, the 2001 champion, takes a nice slow ride around the famous Talledega Turn. She usually hits that turn wide-open in fifth gear.
Still Got It
Dee Woods still has that championship form on her 1995 Kawasaki KX250. Woods was a champion multiple times, winning in 1993-95 and 1998.
Dee Woods wanted to make sure the women were well represented in the freestyle community too, so she pulled out this trick called the "This Is Gonna Hurt When I Slam Into The Ground."
Tania Satchwell gives a young potential champion a few tips.
From left, Mercedes Gonzalez, Sue Fish and Kristy Shealy are all smiles on this historic day.
What's a race if there isn't at least one first-turn pileup?
Tania Satchwell, also known as T-Satch, and Jolene Van Vugt ham it up in between races.
Jolene Van Vugt is an accomplished racer but has made herself famous keeping up with Travis Pastrana and his band of action figures. She has traveled the world as part of Nitro Circus show.
Best In Class
If there were ever a household name when it comes to women's moto champions, Mercedes Gonzalez is probably it. She won titles in 1985, '86, '88, '89, '90 and '91.