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Garage Finds | Ashley Fiolek’s Helmet and 2008 Championship Jersey


Garage Finds | Ashley Fiolek’s Helmet and 2008 Championship Jersey

Presented by Throttle Syndicate

I first met Ashley Fiolek in mid-2006 when I took a trip to Florida to shoot with James Stewart. Trying to optimize the content opportunities afforded by the cross-country trip, I made arrangements to meet the deaf motocross racer that I had heard so much about. Needless to say, Ashley made quite an impression on me. Sure, she was fast, but her ridiculous, fun personality is what really cracked me up. Her father Jim and I became great friends, and I would see a lot of the Fiolek family through the next few years. At one point, my wife was even her personal trainer while she was in SoCal.

As an amateur – before she made her WMA Professional debut in 2008 – Fiolek was a part of the Red Bull JAMS (Junior Amateur Motocross) team, and her helmet sported the program’s iconic logo in addition to the energy drink’s trademark paint scheme. When she made her professional debut, the JAMS logo was dropped, and her helmet looked just like James Stewart’s. Prior to ’08, the Fioleks used to leave a helmet and boots at my house, as flying across the country with the bulky items was a pain. When they would arrive on the West Coast to train, they’d stop by my place first to pick up her gear. Eventually – once she turned pro – AF forgot about her helmet in my garage and it’s been there ever since!

When Ashley turned pro in 2008, I invited her to pen a guest racer column in TransWorld Motocross. Written completely on her T-Mobile Sidekick, Ashley exhausted the world’s supply of exclamation points each month.

After winning her first WMA Pro National at Hangtown, AF went on to win the WMA National Championship with relative ease, and we celebrated by putting her on the cover of the magazine. She was the first and only female racer to grace the cover of TWMX.

Alpinestars produced a few special jerseys for Fiolek when she won the title, and I was one of the lucky ones to be presented with one. Though Ashley went on to win three more championships, there’s nothing quite like the first one, and I’ll always hold on to this souvenir. 

Throughout her career, Ashley gained a lot of attention for being Deaf, but she never used it to her advantage or to gain attention. Though we mostly communicated by typing on our phones, I did learn a decent amount of American Sign Language and was able to sign enough to make her laugh. 

Ashley retired after winning the championship in 2012 and today, she is a brand ambassador for Fox Racing and Husqvarna motorcycles. She teaches motocross schools around the country (www.afmxschool.com), was recently engaged to her girlfriend Lindsey Bailey, and lives back in her home state of Florida. Follow Ashley on Instagram at @af67

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Donn Maeda

Donn Maeda is a 30-year veteran in moto-journalism, having worked at Cycle News and Dirt Rider before launching MXracer Magazine and TransWorld Motocross Magazine. Maeda is the Editor-In-Chief at Swapmoto Live and you can catch him on a dirt bike or in the saddle of a mountain bike on most days.

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  1. Cody Wentz June 27, 2019

    I dig the stories/ interviews with other riders than just top pros. Also like the bike breakdowns on new bikes and parts. Keep it up swap

  2. Michael Antonovich June 27, 2019

    Ashley is one of a kind.

  3. Hanna Escoyne June 27, 2019

    I think it would be awesome if y’all brought back videos done like the prospects and mini warriors to show the fun side of motocross while also introducing new up and coming amateurs.