Great Moments in History

Historical Events

1995 Glen Helen Westcoast National.  First National promoted by T.E.A.M. (Race Director:  Debbie Matthews)  Some Pictured:  Corina Chinen, Tami Rice, Bonnie Warch, Debbie Matthews, Heather Matthews, Stacy Bremner, Lydia Couch(Hoeppner), Val Roberts, Sedanna Stillmock(Losey), Jamie Pamintuan, Lisa Tyrell      

Photo: Debbie Matthews      

1995 Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group San Diego Supercross.  Women's Stadium-Cross Championship Series.  The Series was the brainchild of Women's MX Team director, Debbie Matthews, who with the support and blessing of MTEG promoted the first Supercross/Off-road Stadium Championships for women riders during select AMA Supercross and MTEG Ultracross races.  With the demise of MTEG later that year, the historical event had a brief but brilliant place in history.  (Race Director: Debbie Matthews)  Pictured:   L-R: Mikki Gonzales, Sue Cheney, Corina Chinen, Tami Rice, Bonnie Warch, Lisa Henderson, Jodi Hollow, Shelly Kann, Jamie Pamintuan, Gale Webb, Amber Hughes, Becky Kukla, Debbie Matthews, Lydia Hoeppner, Mollie Bourke  

  Photo: Brian Matthews            

Pioneers-A few of the competitors of the 1995 Stadium-cross Championships: left to right: Lisa Henderson, Jodi Hollow, Debbie Matthews, Amber Hughes, Shelly Kann, Corina Chinen

Photo: Brian Matthews  

During the 95 Stadiumcross Championship, Dee Wood (57) and Kristy Shealy (45) battle during the San Diego Ultracross.
Mike Keidrowski teaches a group of women students during a Free Women's Only MX Seminar taught at Glen Helen in 1996.  The event was founded and managed by Debbie Matthews  in 1995 and sponsored by TEAM, with Doug Dubach as the instructor.  The creation of these schools spawned the desire in Matthews to offer schooling on a permanent basis, and was the forerunner to WSMX.   The event marked the 2nd year of exclusive training for women riders.  

Photo: Brian Matthews  

Dee Wood graces the cover of Team Green News October 1995
Amber Hughes makes history during the 1996 AMA/WML Nationals as the winner of the women's pro class at Hi-Point.  Jeremy McGrath celebrates the victory with Hughes.  1996, marked the inaugural season for the AMA/WML Championships created by WML co-founder Debbie Matthews.

Photo: Debbie Matthews

First turn action a the Washougal National in 1996.  (67) Shelly Kann takes the holeshot, followed by (54) Jenny Pray, (121) Shelley Hickman, (11) Debbie Matthews, (913) Traci Fleming, (189) Mollie Bourke, (511) Brookie Renker, (24) Sedanna Stillmock.  Kann would go on to win the Championship over Hickman

Photo: Steve Middlesboro

Rivals and friends, Shelly Kann and Shelley Hickman share a laugh.  Going into the final moto, only 2 points separated the riders.  A DNF in the final moto by Hickman after a collision with Wood, cost her the title.

Photo: Debbie Matthews

1997 Competitors of the National Championship round at Washougal.

Photo: Debbie Matthews

To the victor goes to spoils !  AMA recognition came to the winners of the AMA/WML Championship Series in 1996, during the AMA Pro Awards banquet in Las Vegas, NV, for the first time in the history of Women's Motocross.  Shelly Kann celebrates !

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Jeremy Mc Grath and women riders during the OHV Silver Anniversary at Hungry Valley in Gorman, CA 1997

L-R: Jennifer Nelson, Corina Chinen, Jamie Pamintuan, Jeremy McGrath, Bonnie Warch, Stacy Bremner and Trish Young.

1996 AMA/WML Unadilla Outdoor National  Winners Dee Wood, Shelly Kann and Amber Hughes celebrate with Jeff Emig

Photo: Debbie Matthews

1997 Ladies World Cup, Radium, BC Canada.  Dee Wood (right) took the victory over Traci Fleming (center) and Nikki Harris (left)

Photo: Debbie Matthews

1997 Glen Helen National winner Dee Wood accepts congratulations  for her victory.

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Women's staging, Glen Helen National 

Photo: Debbie Matthews

1997-AMA Mens National winner Jeff Emig sprays the champagne with Women's Champion Tanya Roberts at Unadilla.

Photo: Debbie Matthews

1997-Glen Helen National Start

Photo: Debbie Matthews

1997 Broome-Tioga World Cup.  Defending champ Dee Wood (left) surrendered her title to Shelly Kann after suffering a concussion on the opening lap of the first moto.  Kann went on to score convincing wins both motos to take the crown.

Photo: Debbie Matthews

1999-Making history-Nikki Harris of Bend, OR takes to the line in her bid to become the first woman to qualify for a AMA Supercross.  While she didn't make the program, she did open doors for women to qualify in the future.  Harris signing autographs during the Houston SX

Photo: Steve Bruhn

New Zealander Tania Satchwell, made her mark in Supercross history as well, also racing the Houston SX in an attempt to qualify.  While Satch failed to qualify as well on one of the most difficult tracks in SX history, the way women competitors were viewed in the industry and by fans alike, would never be the same.  Satchwell and Harris's bold move would forever change the sport for women riders everywhere.

Photo: Steve Bruhn

  1999 Boot Camp, Colorado

Photo: Debbie Matthews

2000-Potential Outside Corporate Sponsors for a first ever fully backed Pro Racing Women's MX Team, meet with Ron Heben of Team Green during the Anaheim SX.  While the team envisioned by Matthews never fully materialized, the groundwork has been laid for  future teams

Photo: Debbie Matthews

2000-DM Sports action during round one at Hardrock in Ocala, Fl.  Here Angie Keuntjes leads Jessica Patterson and Stefy Bau in a heated battle that would last to the checkers with the trio never further apart than this.

Photo: Debbie Matthews

2000-DMSports Pro Winners Jessica Patterson, Stefy Bau, Angie Keuntjes, celebrate their victories at Hardrock MX in Ocala, FL

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Patti Carpenter receives an award from AMA President Scott Thorton during the AMA Women's Conference in 2000.

Photo: Debbie Matthews

2000 AMA Women's Conference attendees.

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Check out #82 in the program-Legend-Dorene Payne-Racing in 1983 at the San Diego Supercross in the Men's Pro Class!!!   
DMSports-WSMX, Inc. was invited by the AMA to conduct a Motocross school and off road motorcycle demo during the 2nd annual AMA Women in Motorcycling conference in 2001. The school and demo was so popular that the class sold out and over 200 women street riders demo'd off road bikes during the conference and DMSports-WSMX, was invited by the AMA to continue the demo/school for the next 3 years.  Special Thanks to Conference Sponsors: Kawasaki-Motorcycles, Parts Unlimited, Answer-Riding Apparel
The Gathering of the Goddesses-A premier networking event, unites women from trend setting industries, athletes, extreme sports and media to gather for a 3 day conference.  Matthews was invited by the founders to represent Motocross during the conference held March 30, 2000 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Ready to Rumble!

Debbie Matthews, Aubrianna Dunn, Tiffany Reed, Tania Satchwell, and mechanics, head to the AMA/WML Washougal National 2002

Photo: Heather Matthews

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AMA HALL OF FAME

Women in Motorcycling Exhibit

The exhibit tells the story of the long history and contributions of women in motorcycling by honoring some of the great pioneers and acknowledging the hundreds of women who have made contributions in Business, Media, Government Relations, Safety, and Racing.  I have kept the pictures large enough that by clicking on the picture you can read the information and the names of individuals recognized by the AMA for their leadership, contributions and passion for the sport.  ENJOY !!!! 

AMA President, Mr. Scott Thorton, presents Pioneer Patti Carpenter with a historic award, prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the Women's exhibit in the AMA Motorcycling Museum and Hall of Fame located in Pickerington, Ohio on July 13-16, 2000 during the inaugural conference.  Following the ceremony, the exhibit was open to the public. 
Participants of the AMA Women's National Motorcycle conference held  gather outside the Museum and Hall of Fame prior to the opening of the museum.

Exploits of AMA Pro Hill Climber-Cathy Templeton and AMA Pro Dirt Tracker, Tami Kirk  are displayed  

 

Pioneers- Kitty Budris -Dirt Track-Racer/First Woman Professional Mechanic and Kerry Kleid-Motocross Racer-1st Woman to Race Men's Professional  are remembered for not only breaking down the barriers, but skillfully paving the way for women in competition by their heroic acts
Tami Kirk's XR 750 Dirt tracker. Tami was the first woman to qualify and race in an AMA Grand National Final on June 25, 1983.  Two weeks later she became the first woman to earn points in a final held at the Syracuse Mile in New York state. 
The Women's timeline of organizations displayed in the AMA museum, recognizes the importance of the creation the Women's Motocross League (WML) of an off-road league for women in motorcycling competition, founded in 1996 by Elaine Ruff, Debbie Matthews, and Jim Trimble.  This organization was the catalyst for much of  the growth  women's motocross and off-road now enjoy.
Pro Motocross Racer, Tiffany Reed stands proudly beside her racing heritage.

Invited by the AMA to be a member of the advisory committee for the Motorcycle Hall of Fame and Museum, Debbie Matthews has the largest collection of Women's MX Memorabilia known in the industry. Matthews supplied the AMA with the Motocross information contained in the exhibit.   

The exhibit contains the names of 43 Motocross promoters and riders recognized by the AMA for their contributions to Women's racing. 

Listed alphabetically: Stefy Bau, Vicki Jackson Bell, Dede Cates, Cindy Cole, Denise DeVines, Kim Douglass, Sue Fish, Traci Fleming, Lisa Gallo, Vicki Miller-Haag, Brenda Hannah, Nikki Harris, Tami Rice-Hasse, Nadine Holbert, Shelly Kann, Miki Keller, Terry Kizar, Kerry Kleid, Debbie Matthews, Dorothy Mc Gee, Jo Ann Miley, Mercedes Gonzalez-Natvig, Jamie Pamintuan, Jessica Patterson, Dorene Payne, Nancy Payne, Kasey Rogers, Elaine Ruff, Tania Satchwell, Kristy Shealy, Kat Spann, Barbara Speilman, Carey Steiner, Johanna Stenerson, Cherry Stockton, Lisa Atkin-Wagner, Bonnie Warch, Lorie Watson, Gale Webb, Sarah Whitmore, Dawn Winczenski, Dee Wood

 

Debbie Matthews was recognized by the AMA Hall of Fame for her contributions to Motorcycling in Organizations, Business, Media, and Racing.
Tiffany Reed (OH) was so inspired by the women's exhibit that she set her goal to have her name added to the Hall of Fame  
The WML, Founded by Elaine Ruff and Debbie Matthews Holds a prominent place in Motorcycling History.

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2001Race Action

Photos:  Debbie Matthews

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Race Action-GNC, TX

 

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 2000 Race Action

Jacki Hudson (TX) pulls the holeshot at the start of the SX race during the DM Sports Series Warm up held in conjunction with the Chaparral Pro-AM at Glen HelenDM Sports-WSMX raised over $3,000 for cancer victim Scott O'Husky at the event.

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

TRP Starting Gates guru and Fresh Dirt.com's Women's MX News Editor, Michelle Trefethen hit round one of the series at Ocala, placing fourth overall

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

Heidi Cooke flies the friendly skies of Ocala, FL

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

Jacki Hudson chases Stefy Bau during day two of the DM Sports Series final at Glen Helen.  Bau and Hudson went 1/2 for the weekend, with Bau claiming the championship and Hudson taking 4th in the series

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

Sarah Bazin, shows no respect in her helmet wear for those other guys...

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

April Hodges (117) and Patty Whitehouse (718) duel for top Amateur honors at Air Dania, in Ft. Lauderdale, while Angie Keuntjes looks on while running 2nd Pro after a fall.

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

Jacki Hudson (TX) on the attack at Glen Helen

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

Angie Keuntjes leads Jessica Patterson and Stefy Bau at Ocala in a battle that stayed this close all day.  Patterson took the win, after Keuntjes suffered a flat, but tenaciously stayed close, while Bau ended up third.

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

Keuntjes--on the gas at Ocala, while Jessica Patterson applies pressure from behind.

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Tayler Lacey (NV) shows great potential and form on her way to the 60-105cc class win at Glen Helen

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Tamara Madden (AZ) grew faster and more confident with each race.  Look for her to be wearing pro colors in 2001

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Kristi Myers (TX) rookie pro season was impressive, finishing 5th overall in the series.

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Best friends and rivals-Jessica Patterson and Angie Keuntjes smile after a great day of fun at the track

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Tiffany Reed (OH), on the comeback trail after a serious injury which threatened to end her career.  Tiffany carded a 4th on this day, and rounded out the year with a 4th a the AMA Amateur National Championships !!  Way to go Tiff !!!!

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Amateur winners from Ocala-L to R: Patty Whitehouse, April Hodges, Angela Ferro and Ashley Fioleck (front center)

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Sheena Patterson (CA) airs it out during the SX event at the Chaparral Pro-AM

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Bonzai Bonnie Warch, CA  in action.  Oxygen masks may be required !

Photo supplied by Bonnie Warch

WHO SAY'S WOMEN CAN'T perform Freestyle moves ???  Visalia's  Heidi Henry, executes a can-can during practice, en-route to becoming the first female professional freestyler.  Heidi can regularly be seen executing tricks and whoo-hooing the crowds during races as her pure love for the sport shines through.

Photo supplied by Heidi Henry

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1999Race Action

Stefy Bau heads into the finish chute at Hangtown enroute to victory.

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

Ashley Boham (Colorado) shows good form under rutty conditions at Glen Helen

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

Stefy Bau points to the crowd in celebration of her win at Budds Creek, MD

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

Cara Chada (IL) launches into orbit.  

Photo by: Steve Bonnau

Nikki Harris makes history at the Houston SX by being one of two female riders to race for a Pro Team (Honda of Houston) 

Photo by: Steve Bruhn TFS

 

Racing action during the Hangtown NationalShelly Kann (4) leads the fight, with Angie Keuntjes (5) and Tania Satchwell (7) banging bars in pursuit.

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

Angie Keuntjes airs it out at Mammoth

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

Laura Little (Colorado) doubles up the whoops at Glen Helen

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

Who ever said women's racing is boring, just hasn't been paying attention.  Angie Keuntjes (41) Bonnie Warch (37) and Sheena Patterson (36) mix it up at Mammoth.

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

Multi champ-Kristy Shealy racing one of the last Nationals of her career at Hangtown

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

Stefy Bau airs it out at Budds Creek, MD

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

Jessica Snyder shows good form at Budds.  

Photo by: Steve Bonnau

First corner action at Hangtown.  Bau (77) exits the frame in control of the holeshot over Warch (100), Harris (6), Fleming (3), Shelley Compton in green, Michelle Bednar (14) Shalie Thorwaldson (21) and Candace English (199)

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

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1998 Race Action

Stefy Bau Roosts out of a corner during the cup at Broome-Tioga in Binghamton, NY

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

Shelly Kann-Confident-Winner of the Cup this day in Binghamton

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

Crowd at trophy presentation Washougal National

Photo:  Debbie Matthews

  Traci Fleming has the home track advantage at mastering the huge Washougal whoops and killing the corners

Whoops Photo: Debbie Matthews

Corner Photo supplied by Traci Fleming

Under the watchful eye of Pro Action's George Quay, Shelly Kann prepares for the start of moto 1's National at Binghamton.  Kann went on to nail 4 holeshots on the weekend.   "Shaka" Kann displays the form that brought her the World title

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Riders line up for the women's Pro/Amateur start at the Glen Helen opener

Photo: Debbie Matthews

East coast Diva Amber Hughes rode hard at Binghamton, but encountered several hard  falls in route to a disappointing finish

Photo: Debbie Matthews

 

National Champion and second in the world in 97, Traci Fleming prepares to do battle.  Strong willed and confident, the speedster didn't have things go her way in 1998.  Traci came to the cup with high expectations, but lady luck wasn't smiling on this day, for the fast female flyer from Washington.

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Racing was very tight for the cup title.  Defending Champion Wood (1), would crash hard on lap one, sidelining her for the remainder of the competition.  Kann won the war, while Shealy (53) rode with a severely twisted knee and a broken sternum which she sustained at Lorett'a Lynns to a strong but painful third

Photo: Debbie Matthews

The jump that made her famous....Tania Satchwell of New Zealand was the first woman rider to completely clear this huge table top at Binghamton that measured over 100 feet !! Whoo Hoo !

Photo: Steve Bruhn

Washougal national pro and amateur start

Rebecca Gillet # 22 takes the Pro holeshot, but is later disqualified when it is discovered she was racing a 250.  1998 marked the first year that all pros had to run the same displacement size.  Gillet appealed the decision but the ruling stood.

Photo: Debbie Matthews

  And the 1998 National champion is ..... Dee Wood !  With consistent rides, Dee Wood (TX) wrapped up the title without winning a single moto ! Dee Wood rode smart and consistent to score the title against a very competitive field

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Oh what a difference a good start can make !  Pro Title hopefuls Tania Satchwell (148) and Sedanna Losey (60), suffer horrendous starts and find themselves battling with the Amateur pack as they work their way through the field

Photo: Debbie Matthews

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1994-1997 Race Action

1995 U.S. Women's Stadium-cross Team-

L-R: Mikki Gonzales, Sue Cheney, Corina Chinen, Tami Rice, Bonnie Warch, Lisa Henderson, Jodi Hollow, Shelly Kann, Jamie Pamintuan, Gale Webb, Amber Hughes, Becky Kukla, Debbie Matthews, Lydia Hoeppner, Mollie Bourke

Race Event Director: Debbie Matthews

Photo: Debbie Matthews

 

50cc action -Girl Power-Heather Matthews pulls the holeshot over all the guys, at Perris Raceway, CA (1990)

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Corina Chinen -An American tradition of excellence-Westcoast National,Glen Helen, CA

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Record crowds gather to witness national women's racing for the first time as Broome-Tioga at the AMA/WML National MX Championships

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Debbie Matthews-Barona World cup 1995.  Matthews rode three different bikes in 2 motos and practice, breaking bikes in 2 of the three outings.  Fellow competitor Mollie Bourke, offered Deb her back up bike, which Deb gratefully accepted and promptly pulled the holeshot.

Photo: Track Photography

Debbie Matthews shows great form practicing at a private track in San Bernardino

Photo: Brian Matthews

Classic dual... Arch rivals and friends, Dee Wood and Kristy Shealy battle during the 95 San Diego Ultracross.  Wood made a costly error in the whoops dropping her to third, while Shealy wheelied all the way to the line for second

Photo: Track Photography

Da Winner.....  Amber Hughes receives the accolades of the crowd and an interview from ESPN's Jerry Bernardo following her win at the San Diego Ultracross over Shealy and Wood

Photo: Brian Matthews

Traci Fleming hard on the gas at Unadilla, shows why she earned that big # 1

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Traci Fleming receives her # 1 plate from AMA National 250 champion Doug Henry at Washougal in 1997

Photo: Debbie Matthews

1994-Participants of Westcoast National in Calif.

Photo: Brian Matthews

1996-Participants of the Washougal National

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Heather Matthews grabs some air in the beginner class in Colorado

Photo: Track Photography

Role Model- Lisa Henderson signs a young female fans shirt during the San Diego, SX in 1995

Photo: Brian Matthews

Jamie Pamintuan (CA) rails a Glen Helen berm in practice with picture perfect form -1997

Photo: Debbie Matthews

1996 Washougal National-Series winner Shelly Kann-left, shares a laugh with series rival and runner up Shelley Hickman of New Zealand.  Kann secured the title, when Hickman's bike broke within sight of the flag.  The two were virtually side by side at the time.  Hickman, spent over 10k of her own money to travel to the USA in pursuit of the title.  The title loss was a bitter disappointment, but she arrived home a national hero.

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Heir to the first AMA/WMLOutdoor National crown.  Shelly Kann...Smart, consistent, fast

Photo: Steve Middlesworth

Whee, I'm having so much fun ! (Heather Matthews 1990)

Photo: Perris Raceway

 

Tiffany Reed airs it out over the 100 ft table at the beautiful Radium, BC, Canada track during the 97 cup. 

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Colorado' s Brookie Renker and Cheryl Place plot strategy during the Washougal national in 1997

Photo: Debbie Matthews

16 year old Tanya Roberts of Ohio pops the cork on the biggest win of her career with fellow winner Jeff Emig at Unadilla -1997

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Tight quarters-  Start action at the 96 Washougal national...Shelly Kann (67) leads, Jenny Pray (54), Shelley Hickman (121)Debbie Matthews (11), Traci Fleming (913), Mollie Bourke (189), Sedanna Losey (24), Brookie Renker (511) and the pack through turn one.

Photo: Steve Middlesworth

1997-Washougal national women's start

Photo:  For Debbie Matthews by Francios 

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Amateur Race Action

Ashley Boham (CO) demonstrates good speed and technique

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Glory days....Heather Matthews shows a pack of boys the fast way around the track

Photo: Debbie Matthews

../CHADA-99.jpg (99346 bytes) Sister Act-Cara Chada racing Amatuer, takes flight, while sister Jessica Snyder races pro. 

 Photo by : Steve Bonnau

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Photo: Debbie Matthews

Trained By WSMX's Debbie Matthews- Ashley Fioleck, deaf since birth, takes a flight to freedom 2000 DM Sports Series.  Ashley would go on to Win the AMA Women's Amateur title in her later years, and turn pro by 2008.

Photo: Debbie Matthews

After a 6 year retirement, Heather Matthews showed up in Colorado for the World Cup in 1999, borrowed a bike, and rode a holeshot to a fifth.  Not bad 
April Hodges, Patty Whitehouse and Angie Keuntjes enter the turn three abreast each with different ideas on the best line thru the turn.  Who do you think came out on top?  Air Dania, Ft Lauderdale, FL DM Sports Series 2001

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Tayler Lacey age 11 of Las Vegas, NV shows how it is done at Glen Helen.

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Laura Little doubles up the whoops at Glen Helen

Photo: Debbie Matthews

../MADDEN-ON_THE_LINE.jpg (109302 bytes) Tamara Madden relaxes on the line prior to the start.  Look for Tamara to be sporting Pro colors in 2001  Madden-On the pegs and on the gas

Photos: Debbie Matthews

../kimberly4.jpg (53284 bytes) Future Star, 11 year old. Kimberly Kocher of Paris, OH grabs some air at a night race.

Photos provided by Kocher

I've got a secret !!!  Amateur winner Lynettte Wosick (CA) and Pro Champion Bau, share racing secrets prior to the start of the final moto of the year.

Photo: Debbie Matthews

Pee Wee Air !  Heather Matthews takes flight, 1990, Perris Raceway, CA
Michelle Trefethen-checks out the competition

Photo: Debbie Matthews

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Women's School of Motocross 

In 1981, Debbie began teaching Motocross techniques to women riders.  While she longed to offer a school full-time, Motocross wasn't ready yet for Women Racers to be taken too seriously by the industry.  The idea stayed with Debbie, and in 1995, Debbie  planned and created the first Free MX Schools exclusive to women, while a director for TEAM.  With the sponsorship of TEAM for the event, Debbie recruited Factory Rider Doug Dubach to be the instructor.  For two years following, TEAM utilized Debbie's skills to recruit Mike Kiedrowski (1996)and Greg Albertyn (1997) to teach the Free Class annually.  In 1998, as the idea gained more momentum, Debbie organized a format for a "Boot Camp".  In 1999, while a Director for the WML, The Boot Camp was born, with the first Camp being held during the AMA Ladies World Cup MX Championships.  Debbie felt the time was right to provide rider education full time to the women's market and resigned from the WML in June of 1999, and founded DMSports-WSMX, Inc. on Jan 1, 2000.  

Mike Keidrowski teaches a group of women students during a Free Women's Only MX Seminar taught at Glen Helen in 1996.   The event marked the 2nd year of exclusive training for women riders.  
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