Our first Moto-X event is less than a month away, with a private motocross track, grass and woods tracks less than an hour from NYC and Philadelphia. We’re getting super excited to watch our female attendees rip that motocross track, try the mx track for the first time, harness new skills and make some #fastfriends!
Speaking of ALL of the above, meet Samantha Fritz! Sam will be joining us at OAOMX, and if there’s anyone you’ll want to talk to about getting into mx racing, it’s her! Her family owns local track Hurricane Hills (incidentally the first track I ever rode as a new rider), she races and is involved with District 34.
Get to know Sam right here, and then get to know her even better (and ride with her!) at OAOMX!
Samantha Fritz - Pompton Plains, NJ
2018 CRF 250 and 2005 CR 125
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RIDING AND HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I started riding when I was about 6 years old when my dad bought my older brother and I a pw80. I grew up going to the motocross tracks with my family, because my dad rode nearly his entire life. My two biggest inspirations to race were my dad & Travis Pastrana! I wanted to be just like them!
My dad said if I wanted to race that I needed to practice a lot and be self-sufficient: to start my bike by myself, to pick up my bike by myself, get around the track and not be a hazard to other racers by knowing how to hold my line and that sort of thing.
I wanted to do it, so any chance could, I went to train and practice with my dad and brother in the woods and at the tracks. I started racing at age 13 on a KX100.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE WHEN YOU STARTED RACING?
At my very first race they were awarding trophies to the top 8 racers. There were 8 big bikes and 4 small bikes including myself. I REALLY wanted a trophy, so I knew I had to beat the other small bikes and 1 of the big bikes. The first moto I beat all the small bikes. The second moto I beat all the small bikes and 1 of the big bikes to get 8th overall and my first trophy! After that I was hooked!
I worked my way up from racing my first ever race in 2002 to qualifying for Loretta's in 2007. I didn't have the best of luck down there but it's still awesome to say that I went there and gave it my all. I've diced it out in the “boys” classes over the years as well, and currently I race the 25+B, 30+B, and women’s' classes in the 2019 District 34 season. I've earned lots of championships and I'm proud of where I am now.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT MOTOCROSS?
I love the jumps! There is nothing that beats the feeling of flying. I also love the moto community! All of my best friends are at the tracks and I don't think any other sport has so many people willing to help out when you need a hand.
YOUR FAMILY ACTUALLY OWNS A MOTOCROSS TRACK! TELL US ABOUT IT!
My family purchased Hurricane Hills in Clifford, PA in 2006. It was like a dream come true for a young racer like me! Over the years I’ve learned what hard work it really is to maintain a racetrack.
I've worked pretty much every job at our track from working the front gate, to signing riders up for racing, flipping burgers, picking rocks, weed whacking, picking up garbage, watering the track, ripping the track with the tractor…. you name it!
It’s given me a lot of insight being both a rider and promoter, being out there on the track as a racer/rider but also working to try to give everyone the best value for their time at the track. Seeing both sides has helped me contribute to the facility and community. At Hurricane Hlils, we have mx races and harescrambles for both bikes and quads.
WHAT’S YOUR TOP ADVICE FOR A GIRL WHO HAS NEVER BEEN TO A MOTOCROSS TRACK AND WANTS TO CHECK IT OUT?
Come on out! Even if you just come to a race and hang out. Everyone in the MX community is awesome. If you come to a District 34 event, I'd be more than happy to show you around and help you out if you want to get involved with racing.
WHAT’S YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH DISTRICT 34?
I've been the points-keeper for District 34 since about 2011. At the motocross races, you need a District or Series card to show your skill level, as required by the AMA.
During a typical day at the races, I help sign up riders for our district card with applications, I track their points, make them a membership card, and help host the banquet at the end of the season.
I also reach out to companies for sponsorships for our riders and the bike manufacturers for contingency as well. Like I said, I know what it's like to be on both sides of the fence - as a promoter and a rider - so I work hard to help racers save money with sponsorship deals. If I can help people get to an extra race or two with that money saved and help out sponsors reach more customers, that's a win-win in my book!
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED FOR AT OAOMX?
It's going to be so fun to hang out, ride with all ladies and meet some new people! Can't wait to see you all there! :D