WSMX "Good Technique Knows NO Gender"

Debbie Matthews-CA
Heather Majcherek-CA
Crystal Ponsock-NV /No. CA
Jenny Pray -WA
Braden Barnes-CO
Sherri Stephens -TX
Brianna Mahon-IL / FLA
Dannielle Russell-MI/CA
Mark Howser-W. VA
 
 

 Debbie Matthews - California-MX, GP, OFFROAD


Debbie began her career in the Motorcycle industry working in the parts department at a dealership and became one of the motorcycle industries first female Parts Managers, and Dealership owners.  

Debbie received her motocross training by some of the most Elite and Renowned Legends of the sport.  Rolf Tibblin was the first European World Championship Factory rider to come to America to train the American's in the art of Motocross and Debbie was one of the first in line to receive his instruction on not only proper technique but also sports training and nutrition.  Debbie also received training from Factory Riders Russ Darnell, Warren Reid, Doug Dubach, Jeff Emig, Mike Keidrowski, and Greg Albertyn.

  Debbie is known as one of the most technical riders in the world.  Known for her smooth, effortless style and tenacious attitude she was affectionately known through her career as "The Bulldog", "Terminator", "Stormin Mormon" and "Comeback Kid."  Debbie has worked within the industry alongside riders such as Ricky Carmichael, Jeremy McGrath, Travis Pastrana, Mike LaRocco, David Bailey, Rex Staten, Micky Dymond, Broc Glover, and Danny "Magoo" Chandler in media functions, charity events, public relations, promotions, and in assisting in the creation of opportunities within the sport.

A successful off-road Amateur and Professional competitor, Debbie was Nationally ranked as the number 2 Amateur racer in the country in 1976, and turned Professional in 1977.  Debbie quickly advanced earning multiple top 5 National rankings as a professional and earning the coveted National title in 1988.   Debbie's finished 5 times in the top 5 Pro's Nationally during her career, as well as 4 times as a vet pro, and 3 times at the coveted Ladies World Cup.   She also holds the record for the longest consecutive pro and amateur career span in Women's Motocross competition (26 years).  In addition Debbie holds the record for top 15 Women Professional National rankings in motocross finishing inside the top 15 national pro women in the country every year from 1977 to 1997. (20 years!!)

In 1981, the AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) District 37 honored her, for her dedication to motorcycling.  In 1982, she was chosen to represent the United States of American in at the Tokyo Supercross in Japan.  

In 1994, The U.S. Women's Motocross Team (later known as the U.S. Women's Motocross League) contacted Debbie to assist in the development of the team as their Promotion/Race Director. Within a year, Debbie became co-director of the TEAM effort, and in 1996, Debbie Co-Founded the Women"s Motocross League, developing, organizing and promoting the first ever-Free Women Only Motocross schools taught by men professional champions Doug Dubach, Mike Kiedrowski and Greg Albertyn. She also promoted the Ladies World Cup events from 1995 -1999. In addition she Co-created the first Women's Stadiumcross Championships with the Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group in 1995 and the WML/AMA National championship Series in 1996-1999 run in conjunction with and AMA Men's Outdoor National MX events.

In 1997, she met with members of the AMA congress to ratify changes in the constitution giving women "A" Rider classification for the first time in history, and she was a keynote speaker at the inaugural AMA National Women in Motorcycling Conference in 1997 speaking on in women in competition.

In 1998 she received the AMA MVP award for her contributions to enhance female participation in the sport.   With the growth of the women's market now firmly established, Debbie retired from the WML in June of 1999 to dedicate herself to the promotion, marketing and teaching of women's motocross full time.  The result is DMSports-WSMX, Inc. 

During 2000-02, Debbie was a member of the AMA advisory committee for the Motorcycle Hall of Fame and Museum and conducted a MX schools and off road motorcycle demos during the 00 and 02 AMA Women's conference. 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 an invitational Women's Motocross event !  2002 also marked a nomination for the AMA Bessie Stringfield Award.

Debbie is the chief instructor for WSMX. Debbie is also active in her church.  She has given presentations at hospitals and local schools on Career Day on Motorcycling as a career. Debbie has been featured on multiple television, radio, newspaper and magazines spanning her career. Debbie is known as "The Voice" of Women's Motocross on MX Radio and is also an accomplished writer. Her most recent work is entitled "Excelling Through Adversity" .  Debbie hosts a weekly Women's Extreme Sports Radio show and is a Board Member of the Mid-Atlantic Fallen Riders Association, as well as the first female trainer at the inaugural Fellowship Of Christian Athletes MX Camp.

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Heather Majcherek - California-Learn to Ride, Beginner's Coach-MX, OFFROAD

  

Heather loves working with Kids and Women, but has also worked with men including an AMA Pro.  She has worked extensively with WSMX since 1999 as an Office Assistant, Track Assistant, Photographer, Demonstrator, Public Relations manager and as a coach.  Heather was also a student for many years, and her experience with coaching by the WSMX staff led her to many titles and honors which include: Women's World Cup Mini Champion, and WML Mini National Champion.  Heather holds the record as the Youngest Women's National trophy holder at age 4, and was also the youngest rider in history to receive an outside corporate sponsor (Natures Recipe Pet Foods) at age 8.  Heather is also the founder and President of WMN Racing a grassroots national organization for women in Amateur competition!  Heather is continuing her academic pursuits with independent study through Brigham Young University (BYU) where she is attaining her Bachelor's degree in Public Relations with a Minor in History.  Heather is married and has a daughter which by the tender age of 2 already is showings signs of following in her mother, and grandmothers footsteps as a talented rider.  Heather looks forward to each school, meeting new people, and is always excited about racing! 

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Crystal Ponsock- Nevada-MX, GP, DESERT, OFFROAD

 

Crystal began riding and racing BMX at the age of five with the help and encouragement of her parents. Her father races motocross as well as cross-country events and is a big part of Chrystal's story and success. Crystal achieved the #1 plate in the girl's class on bicycles and then started transitioning onto dirt bikes in 1985. In1986 Chrystal began competing in local and regional races in Nevada on an 80cc Suzuki.

In 1990 Chrystal competed in the CMC Golden State and CMC Trans Cal series on a Suzuki 80. Crystal finished 2nd overall in the Trans Cal North series out of 45 competitors, both male and female. Crystal finished 7th overall in the class following the two-day finale at Marysville CA. Later that year, Crystal broke her right femur during practice on a new RM125 . Just one year later in 1991, Crystal was back on track in a big way scoring Sportsman of the Year at the Northern Nevada Dealer Challenge and taking the Women's class championship. Crystal also won the women's class during the first ArenaCross put on by On Trac Events and was also the top women racer in Northern Nevada from 1989-1992. In 1992 Crystal attended a motocross school and raced Mammoth, finishing 4th in the women's amateur class.

By 1995, Crystal competed in the invitational San Diego MTEG Ultracross in 1995 on the U.S. Women's Team (WML) finishing 11th out of 22 women. Crystal also took the win in the prestigious Virginia City Grand Prix, NV in the women's "C" class and was also featured in Team Green Magazine with Ty Davis and Larry Roesseler. Crystal competed in the Women's West Coast National at Glen Helen later that year and won the AMA District 36 Women's "C" class.

By 1996, Crystal's time was divided between Motocross and Offroad racing. Crystal competed in the Moon Rocks, AMA Nat'l Hare n Hound in Reno, NV winning in the Women's "B" class and followed it up with a 4th Women's Amateur during the Mammoth Mountain Motocross and took the Amateur class win in the Women's class during the AMA Hangtown National. The following year in 1997, Crystal continued her string of strong performances with another win at the Virginia City Grand Prix, NV in the women's "B" class, and also captured the AMA District. 36 number 1 plate for the women's "B" class.

2001 marked Crystal's return to racing after having her second child. Crystal raced 3 rounds of the AMA National series and finished 16th at Glen Helen, 9th at Hangtown and 16th at Washougal after sustaining an injury. Crystal also raced the prestigious Mammoth MX placing 2nd overall. Crystal is a mother of two and an avid motorcycle rider and racer.

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Jenny Pray - Washington/Oregon     MX, OFFROAD

Jenny first began competing in 1992, and quickly developed into one of the nations most talented, dedicated professionals.   A full time student at Western Washington University, Jenny aspires to be an elementary education teacher.  

With experience in many classroom settings, as well as being an accomplished Aerobic, weight room instructor and a personal fitness trainer for a 97-98 International Six Day Enduro racer, becoming a trainer for WSMX, fits right in with Jenny's dream of being a professional educator.  When Jenny is not hitting the books hard, you can bet she's at the track hitting berms and catching big air!  

In 1993, Jenny won the prestigious Women's National title in the 125 Junior class at Perris, CA, as well as earning 2nd in the Woodland and Pac West series.  Since that time Jenny has consistently racked up impressive wins in the Woodland Winter Series, Pac West Nationals, Gold Star Series, as well as finishing 2nd and 4th in the International dealers Challenge.  In 1997, Jenny finished 4th in the Pro class during the Washougal  round of the AMA/WML National Women's Championship Series.  In 1999, Jenny finished an incredible 7th overall at the Washougal National, racing with torn cartilage in her ribs !  Jenny will carry National # 15 as she races into the millennium amongst the top 100 riders in the World !   A resident of Lynwood, WA. Jenny competes regularly in both men and women's divisions in Washington and Oregon states.  

Jenny's future goals include becoming the dominant figure and role model in Women's Motocross and becoming a top competitor in the men's intermediate class.  To accomplish this goal, Jenny trains Aerobically 3-5 hours per week; weight lifts 2-4 hours per week and rides at least 2 times a week !  All this while maintaining a 3.4 GPA and working at Lynwood Yamaha in her spare time!  

When Jenny is not breaking hearts and busting' berms, she enjoys camping, wake boarding, water skiing and dancing.   

Jenny's love for people and the outdoors is the perfect combination to make her an excellent trainer for WSMX.  Jenny is confident she can help riders develop more confidence, utilize proper technique, and offer support and motivation

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Braden Barnes-Colorado-MX, SX, OFFROAD

Racing Class: AMA Pro Supercross Lites and Motocross

 

2007 marked the AMA Pro Racing debut for Braden in the Lites class in Arenacross where he made several main events, placing 4th at Albany and several races inside the top 10!  Braden was also chosen that same year as a replacement rider for the Rockstar Arenacross Team!  Braden also ran well in the Canadian Nationals for the last several seasons.  Braden was a top contender at the AMA Amateur National Championships where he finished 10th in the "A" class in his first attempt in 2006.  Braden also raced in the World Mini and Florida Winter Am Series. 

 

Braden's plans include racing in select AMA West Coast Supercross Lites and AMA Arenacross, AMA National events and campaigning the WORCS Series as well as is training duties for WSMX when he is not on the circuit.  Braden also makes his training available on the road in between racing venues .  His commitment includes a serious work ethic driven to improve racing results through proper fitness training, nutrition, preparation, quality practice and testing.   His current goal is to be a top 20 AMA Pro rider by qualifying for every main event I am entered in and consistently finishing inside the top 20 to gain the experience necessary to win a championship. 

 

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Sherri Stephens - Texas-Cross Country, MX, OFFROAD

     
 

Sherri Stephens has spent her life time living and loving motorcycle riding. In her 25+ years of riding, she has competed as a Women's National Pro, competed in the famous Loretta Lynn's on six occasions, holds several regional off-road championships as well as a third place overall endurance team trophy for racing mini GP. Born and raised in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Sherri learned to ride at age 6 and began racing Motocross by the age of 13. Sherri honed her skills and ventured to the Mecca of amateur racing, the prestigious AMA Amateur Nationals held at Loretta Lynn's Dude Ranch in Tennessee with a career high in 1996 of 7th overall. Sherri also raced in the WML (now known as the WMA) Ladies Pro Division that year at High Point, Steel City, and Unadilla Nationals, placing inside the top ten fastest women in the country.

Sherri moved to Texas to pursue her education and earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of North Texas. In the summer of 1999 Sherri entered Cross Country racing for the first time. Sherri put her Motocross experience to good use, earning enough points in two events to place 13th overall in the Ladies Expert division in her first year of competition.

In 2000 Sherri captured the TCCRA Ladies Expert Cross Country State Championship in only her second year of Cross Country competition. In 2008, Sherri won the TCCRA Over 30 Ladies Expert championship and the Susie Boyer Award, wrapped up the TORN Ladies Expert Class Championship and scored 5th over all in the Over 30 (men's) Intermediate class.

With over 19 years of racing experience, Sherri is a WSMX trainer for both MX and Cross Country, determined to be the best trainer for those whom she teaches. Sherrie recently opened a new business venture renting out motorcycles.

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Brianna Mahon - Illinois, Florida- MX, OFFROAD

     

Brianna recently graduated high school and is attending Phoenix University online which allows her to travel, continue her racing career and serve as a trainer for WSMX, giving back to the sport she loves! With over 19 years of competition under her belt she has enjoyed every minute of it.  She finds motocross to be very exciting and challenging and loves meeting new friends and traveling.  In the winter she lives and trains in Florida.  Brianna has been a consistent top finisher at Loretta Lynn's, Branson, GNC, Lake Whitney, Florida Winter-Am and Kawasaki Race of Champions for several years.   In addition to her trainer duties with WSMX, she was an instructor for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in 2008.  She enjoys being a role model and continues to encourage her friends and others to be drug\alcohol free.  She continues to participate in community service work as well as volunteering for the United States Army Corp of Engineers.                     

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Dannielle Russell-Michigan-MX, OFFROAD

 

Mark Howser-West Virginia-MX, SX, OFFROAD

Mark began riding when he was about 15 and has been riding ever since, Mark now has over 30 years of experience racing motocross and cross country races!  Motocross is his passion and obsession. Mark has trained riders from 7 to 50 and enjoys it very much. mark has racked up championships at Happy Ramblers MX track and Reedsville arenacross in the Vet class, as well as placing 2nd in the PA state championships for the +40 class in 2005. Mark is an excellent instructor and extremely well liked by the students for his down to earth approach, wealth of experience, excellent technique and his ability to present the material in a fun manner.  In addition, he flat out rips and enjoys riding with the students and giving them the confidence they need to succeed.

 

Assistant Trainers:

Tiffany Reed - Motocross

 

Affectionately known as "Hotdog", Tiffany began her racing career at the tender age of 5 years old.  Tiffany quickly learned the ropes racing in the 50, 65, 80, 125, 250, schoolboy, age group classes and the women's amateur and pro divisions. 

By 1995, at the age of 12 as an amateur, Tiffany qualified for the prestigious AMA Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, where she placed 35th.  The following year at the championships she placed 13th.  That same year she raced in the inaugural AMA/WML National Championship Series and placed 10th overall in the Pro Class.  1996 marked a breakthrough for the young gun as she romped to a 5th place at the Ladies World Cup, and backed it up with a 9th at the AMA Amateur Nationals, and a 2nd overall in the AMA/WML Nationals that year.  

In 1998, Tiffany raced in the inaugural Women's 100cc (12-15 yr) class at Loretta's tying for the overall win in the class.  1999 brought a year of rebuilding as injuries forced Tiffany to sit out the season.  In 2000, Tiffany came back with a vengeance placing 4th overall in the Women's 125 + class at the AMA Amateur Nationals.  Tiffany also debuted as a WSMX trainer at the AMA Women's Conference and performed a Motocross exhibition for the crowds. 2001 marked a mixed season of results as bad luck plagued the young speedster.  Despite multiple setbacks, Tiffany placed 3rd at the DM Sports Women's World MX Series Championships in the 125cc Pro class, 6th in the WML Championships and 11th during the AMA Amateur Nationals.

Tiffany enjoys Jet skiing, Basketball and Music and is an award winner in Band.  Her goals include winning the AMA Amateur National title and being inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame. 

As a trainer for WSMX Tiffany is excited about helping young girls and women be more prepared for riding or racing by teaching correct techniques to allow the riders to be better, more complete riders, filled with the confidence and skill

Mollie Bourke  Colorado  MX, OFFROAD

Mollie's racing career began early.  Not only was Mollie a very gifted Motorcycle rider, Mollie was also the 1993 Giant Slalom Skiing Champion in High School.  Recognizing her coaching abilities, following her graduation from High School, her coaches invited her to become part of the Ski coaching staff at her former Alma Mater Battle Mountain High School.  Mollie coached several successful seasons, and still remains an active part of the program.   Mollie competed in Motocross at the Amateur and Professional level for many years, racing at the AMA Amateur National Championships, the WML National Championships, Mammoth Mountain and the Women's World Cup.  At each one of these races, Mollie is always a tough, but well liked competitor.  Mollie strives for excellence, but is  always willing to offer advice or a helping hand.  

From 1991-1996 Mollie was the premier women's rider in Colorado, winning three SRAC Women's MX Championships and five SRAC Women's SX Championships, finishing second only once due to injury.  Looking for a new challenge, Mollie in 1994 began racing the World Cup events as a 125 pro.  Mollies finishes were impressive at the cup, finishing 5th-125cc pro in 1994, 4th-125 and 250 pro in 1995.  In 1994, Mollie also raced the AMA Amateur National Championships, placing 8th.Mollie also raced the famed Mammoth Mountain Motocross in 1991 finishing first  in the Amateur division.  The following year she moved to pro finishing 5th in 92 and 93, 8th in 94, 5th in 95 and 6th  in 96.  Mollie is also one of the original riders to compete in the MTEG Women's SX Series in 1995 and the WML National Series in 1996, organized by Debbie Matthews  During the 96 Nationals Mollie placed 4th overall against the best riders in the country, and as she puts it: "had the best time of her life."  Mollie graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in business and currently manages the family owned excavation company.  Mollie offers special qualities in a trainer with her easy going manner, friendly personality and her willingness to go the extra mile to assist riders to be their best.

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School format

All riders are welcome !!

Class Length: 6 hours
Gate fees: payable at track 

Post entry welcome, but please notify us if you are coming.
Please pack a sack lunch and bring plenty of drinking water

Format as follows:

Learning proper body positions for cornering, braking, standing,
whoops,  Practice drills for stopping, cornering, and flow.   On track application of skills learned.  Corners, Jumps, Whoops, Braking, Starts, looking ahead, reading terrain, mental approach.   

Class is taught in a rider friendly environment at the riders pace.  We will
not proceed to the next obstacle until all riders are comfortable enough to
progress to the next level.  

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