The women of AMRA are next up on the list of riders that represent the premiere racing organization in Arizona. To start, we’ll focus on Brea Core.
Brea began riding in 2012 when her brother and sister taught her. She did a few AMRA races on a mini bike, but didn’t become serious about riding and racing until August 2018, when she bought a Yamaha YZ125. She was drawn into AMRA by her brother, who raced quite a few races as she was growing up and she became familiar with the style of races that run in the season. She feels that she fits in at AMRA because she has always been a single track rider and feels the most comfortable in that discipline. She feels that Camp Wood (Round 9) has been her favorite track thus far and won her class there. She also felt comfortable at Globe, but the bottlenecks that come with a 100+ rider race did not suit her well.
She has enjoyed the season so far, but with her school and work, has not been able to attend all rounds. Brea is studying histotechnology right now, the study of tissue for cancer research and other forms of study. She has an ultimate goal of nursing school and will be graduating in May. Following graduation, she plans of training for the remainder of the AMRA season and riding as much as possible. She hasn’t had the opportunity to train so far, so this summer and the rest of the year will be her chance to get some seat time and accomplish some of her skill related goals. She also has hopes to move to B class next season and build on her successes.
When asked about representing women in a sport dominated by men (And having little female presence within AMRA) she stated “Part of me is pretty prideful, but the other part is very, very humble. I know I can’t keep up with the boys, but I never quit. As a girl, I think that means more than being fast.” Brea keeps her head up and is excited to ride in general, but is also very happy to be competitive with some of the C class. I asked Brea about her role models in life and she stated that “My mom built her own house, literally. And my older sister is a professional handgun shooter. She outshoots most men, but also cooks a mean, melt-in-your-mouth rum cookie. I will never be half the woman either of them are, but I’m going to go out tryin.” Obviously, Brea has had a strong upbringing and knows how to hold her head high.
I focused on the racing aspect of being a woman in the sport and asked about any advice she had to fellow girls that want to get started. She had this to say: “Make it happen!! If I can do it, any girl can! I’m 5’ 1” and 6 months ago couldn’t lift my bike up if I dropped it. My knowledge of tools was about as good as my algebra... Laugh at yourself when you mess up, give yourself time to learn, but never give up!” She also talked a bit about the differences in racing against women and men, stating that “(women) Are much more polite about passing than dudes are… hint hint”. While she had that to say, she also stated that the competition within AMRA is friendly and she feels welcome by all skill class riders, and there is no animosity towards the beginner riders.
I also asked her about getting discouraged while racing, and all she had to say was that the Oracle race was rough on her, with the rocks being the hardest challenge. She said that her suspension changes and added time on the bike since then have helped alleviate her issues. Lastly, she said that she wanted more girls to come out and race, saying that “girls are just as competitive as guys, so come on ladies!”. The women that represent AMRA are strong and fierce. I’ll be reaching out to the remainder of the female riders and continuing my series on them.