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Moreda: First Female Motorcycle Racer at Indy

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2011 Indy AMA Racing

With entries for this weekend’s AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 presented by Harley-Davidson Insurance double-header at Indianapolis Motor Speedway already more than eight rows deep, several additional racers have stepped up to throw their helmets in the ring, including HOG’s Shelina Moreda.

While AMA Pro Motorycle-Superstore.com SuperSport star Elena Myers became the first female to earn an AMA Pro victory, Moreda’s participation in the August 26-28 event marks the first time a female motorcycle rider has competed at the venerable Brickyard in the venue’s 100-plus years of motorcycle-racing history.

Shelina Moreda says: “I am very excited to be a part of this huge race, and to not only be the first female to race in the AMA Pro XR1200 class, but the first female ever in the 100-year history of the track to race on a motorcycle at Indy!”

The former District 3 California Dairy Princess – who learned how to ride motorcycles while growing up on a dairy farm – added, “My father is a huge fan of the Brickyard, and we were naturally excited about racing at a track that has strong ties to the dairy industry.”

While a track famous for serving up milk in Victory Circle is sure to make a fourth-generation racer and fifth-generation dairy farmer feel right at home, Moreda and every other racer on the grid will have their hands more than full when the races go green at Indianapolis.

The ferocious, thirty-plus riders already committed to the event tore through two days of testing last week, and though AMA Pro Daytona SportBike star Jason DiSalvo set the bar high by notching the quickest overall time, Vance & Hines XR1200 Championship points-leader Chris Fillmore – who held back during testing to give an injured shoulder more time to heal – remains a dark horse.

The Harley-Davidson class’ Red Bull Indianapolis GP debut will also see the U.S. return of Canadian Steve Crevier, a former AMA Supersport Champion, six-time Canadian Superbike Champion, and reigning Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series Champion.

Add 2010 British XR1200 Trophy Champion Jeremy McWilliams, two-time race winner Steve Rapp, and season-opener victor Kyle Wyman to a host of other quick names, and Red Bull Indy GP fans are sure to be treated to some of the best competition that’s crossed the yard of bricks.

For Red Bull Indy GP tickets and information, visit indianapolismotorspeedway.com. To learn more and be a part of the AMA Pro Racing Championship, visit amaproracing.com and join us on facebook.com/AMAProRoadRacing and twitter.com/AMAProSBK.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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