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Vicki Golden Becomes First Woman to Complete Road to Supercross

| 23 March 2014 12:23 pm

Rider Interview: Vicki Golden
AMSOIL Arenacross Series

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by ShiftOne Photography
AURORA, IL, MAR. 21, 2014

History was made in AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, when Babbitt’s Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis rider Vicki Golden added to her racing legacy by becoming the first woman to complete Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross program.

Golden qualified for the premier Arenacross class in Hidalgo, Texas, securing her third and final required point to complete the Road to Supercross. As a result, Golden became the first woman in the history of the sport to earn an endorsement to compete in the 250SX class of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.

With a potential future on the sport’s biggest stage, Golden is set to make even more history as she prepares for the next step of her career. Here, Golden shares her thoughts on her accomplishment and her future in Monster Energy Supercross.

Vicki Golden flew into the history books when she became the first female rider to complete Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross program.

Vicki Golden flew into the history books when she became the first female rider to complete Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross program.

How do you feel about being the first woman to complete the Road to Supercross and earn a 250SX-class endorsement for Monster Energy Supercross?
It’s awesome! It doesn’t really make a difference that I’m the first woman; I guess it’s more being the only one. It really makes it more prestigious, in my eyes, that I have the talent and courage to go up against men in one of the most aggressive [championships] in the sport. I think part of it also is that now no one can tell me I can’t race [supercross] or that I’m only there because someone gave me an exemption. I met the qualifications like every other guy that will be out there.

What kind of emotions did you feel when you realized you’d qualified to secure that third and final point?
It was a huge relief. I would have freaked out if I was going into [the final round at] Salt Lake City and still needed one more point. I think that would have been too much pressure. (She laughs.) I’ve been working towards getting my license since my first year in AMSOIL Arenacross in 2011, so I am beyond stoked that everything came together and I finally made it happen.

Vicki Golden now has her sites set on the Supercross finale in Salt Lake City.

Vicki Golden now has her sites set on the Supercross finale in Salt Lake City.

How would you describe your journey through the program?
It’s been a tough journey, for sure, but if it were so easy, then it wouldn’t mean as much. I think the Road to Supercross has become really popular, and a lot of racers have taken advantage of it, so making the fast 30 isn’t as easy as it used to be when I raced in previous years. So I really had to make sure I was bringing my A game each week to qualify.

Do you realize the significance of your accomplishment in this sport and the world of motorsports as a whole? What are your thoughts on being a groundbreaking athlete?
I do, and I’m grateful for it. It really provides inspiration for younger girls, so hopefully this gender barrier breaking doesn’t stop with me and it continues to happen in the future. It also provides great appeal for me mediawise… it’s awesome exposure for my sponsors and myself.

What does the opportunity to race in Monster Energy Supercross mean for your career?
It’s huge. I’m sure I will [race supercross] in 2015, but I might even give it a shot before this season is over. It’s a lot to take in, thinking about trying to race in supercross. It’s a big step for me, so I really want to be smart and well prepared for it. I think it’s going to open up a lot of doors for me. I can’t wait to see what happens and where this goes.

Golden and the rest of the AMSOIL Arenacross riders are set for the 12th and final round of the 2014 season and the conclusion of the Race to the Championship. The season will come to a dramatic finish inside Salt Lake City’s EnergySolutions Arena next Saturday, March 29, beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

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