LADIES – START YOUR ENGINES! ROYAL ENFIELD BTR ROAD RACING LAUNCHES AT VIR
Fifteen women ready for 2022 BUILD. TRAIN. RACE. opening round this weekend at Virginia International Raceway.
Milwaukee, WI (Tuesday, May 17, 2022) – Female racers and female builders reach new heights in road racing in 2022, where the groundbreaking Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. (BTR) is gearing up to kick off the biggest season yet. Fifteen women from across the country from different age groups and backgrounds will come together for the six-round exhibition series, starting this weekend, May 20-22, at the MotoAmerica venue at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia.
“It’s been a pivotal year for Build. Train. Race,” said Breeann Poland, Marketing and Communications Manager – Royal Enfield Americas. of the industry. And this year, everything is twice as big – our field of riders, our schedule and our presence in the MotoAmerica paddock. We’re really going to wow people with a full roster of riders of all experience levels. Among our new and old riders we can already see that the level of competition has increased and these ladies are going to put on a great show this season.
From the excruciating process of selecting participants over the winter, including new and returning runners, the BTR crew has helped every woman in the “Build” phase of the program. Generous sponsorship comes from Parts Unlimited, S&S Cycle, Harris Performance, Dunlop, Maxima Racing Oils, BOXO USA, Öhlins USA Suspension and Arai Helmets.
Each of the 15 participants received a Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 motorcycle which they spent three months designing and building. The “Train” phase included a recent practice session at Barber Motorsports Park with Sportbike Track Time, where the women of the BTR Road Race all hit the track together for the first time. With the guidance and mentorship of Melissa Paris, the riders were able to dial in their Continental GT 650 bikes, and the whole peloton demonstrated that they were ready to race.
“It was so nice to meet all my new teammates and see the returning ladies who have become close friends,” said Trisha Dahl (31, Minneapolis, Minnesota). “I’m proud of the speed at which I’ve progressed, but this new generation of ladies has a lot more experience, and it shows. Our first race is fast approaching and the competition will be fierce, but we are all coming together as a team to represent Royal Enfield North America, and it will be a great sight when we all line up on this grid for the first time this season.”
For new entrants like Jessica Martin (38, Savannah, GA), the next VIR race is just around the corner. “The first round seemed so far away, now it’s here and I’m overwhelmed with emotions,” Martin said. “The Build and Train games were very encouraging and inspiring. You could say that I believe in myself more than ever. The camaraderie within the team is what stands out the most. We are here to help each other achieve our goals, while being competitive. It’s very amazing, intense and enlightening. And now, let’s go!”
Above all, the Build. Train. Race. The paddock provides an atmosphere of support and encouragement for riders, nurturing talent and inspiring new and veteran riders alike to take to the track. In a hotbed of national-level competition, the inviting nature of BTR continues to draw the attention of fans, industry and sponsors to the unique concept, which is now in its second year in the MotoAmerica FIM Championship. North American Road Race.
“We are very happy to see the return of the Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. program at MotoAmerica for the 2022 season,” said MotoAmerica COO Chuck Aksland. “It’s an innovative program. From the application process, to the participants building their own race bikes in three months, through training, obtaining a license and then racing, it’s a lot of commitment on the part of the BTR women.
“Last year the program was a big hit with the fans. The bike builds were very creative and it was cool to see the personalities of the riders come out in the look and design of their Continental GT 650 bikes. Melissa Paris as a mentor means the women have the right person to go to for advice on how to hone their skills.Last year we could see the drivers improve race after race and with more than bikes on the grid this year, I’m sure the competition will reach another level and we can’t wait to watch the opening round next weekend at VIR.
Find the biographies of the 15 BTR Road Race women at the Build. Train. Race. website.
BTR Road Race List 2022
Kayla Theisler, 26, Milwaukee, Wis.
Michaela Trumbull, 29, Sheridan, Wyoming
Alyssa Bridges, 31, Orange County, CA
Trisha Dahl, 31, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bridgette LeBer, 29, Port Angeles, Washington
Ash Truxal, 31, Oakland, CA
Chloe Peterson, 31, Steger, Illinois
Cora Tennyson, 36, Brandenburg, Kentucky
Crystal Martinez, 34, Thousand Oaks, CA
Hannah Stockton, 23, Kansas City, Mo.
Jenny Chancellor, 46, Tumwater, Washington
Jessica Martin, 38, Savannah, Georgia
Kayleigh Buyck, 30, Sodus, NY
Nicole Paréso, 34, Carrolton, Ohio
Patty Paul, 57, Berrien Springs, Mich.
2022 Royal Enfield BTR road racing schedule
May 20-22 (Rnd 1) Virginia Int’l Raceway, Alton, VA
June 3-5 (Rnd 2) Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI
July 29-31 (Rnd 3) Brainerd Int’l Raceway, Brainerd, MN
August 19-21 (Rnd 4) Pittsburgh Int’l Race Complex, Wampum, PA
September 9-11 (Rnd 5) New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ
September 23-25 (Rnd 6) Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL
More information Moto America 2022
Building Royal Enfield 2022. Train. Race. programs (Road Race and Flat Track) are made possible thanks to the participation of our generous sponsors. Our continued thanks to all of our supporting companies behind BTR.
Construction 2022. Train. Race. Sponsors
Maxima Racing Oils
Suspension Ohlins USA
About Royal Enfield
The oldest continuously producing motorcycle company in the world, Royal Enfield manufactured its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield created the mid-size motorcycle segment in India with its unique modern classic motorcycles and distinctive. With its manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield was able to rapidly increase production in the face of a surge in demand for its motorcycles. Royal Enfield is a major player in the global market for medium-duty motorcycles.
Royal Enfield North America (RENA) is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has a growing network of over 150 dealerships across North America, including the contiguous United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. RENA currently offers the all new Meteor 350, Himalayan and 650 Twins (INT 650 and Continental GT 650) motorcycles, as well as a range of genuine motorcycle accessories and apparel.
For more information on Royal Enfield North America, visit www.RoyalEnfield.com/us/en/, www.Instagram.com/RoyalEnfield_NA, www.Facebook.com/RoyalEnfieldNorthAmerica.