Late last month Sonoma’s Shelina Moreda—a fifth-generation Petaluma dairy farmer who grew up riding ATVs (and, in the process, developed a passion for professional motorcycle racing)—took a win in Qatar.
“I’m pretty stoked about it,” she said, “especially because part of the reason they asked me to race in Qatar is to help promote females in sports in a country [where] women are still not regarded the same as they are here in the States.”
Describing her latest win, Moreda said she “strung together my fastest laps ever on the Qatar circuit, put in some work, and turned it into a great race. I love our national anthem any day of the week, and especially hearing it played just for me…it all came together and I'm stoked!”
Moreda has a string of racing “firsts” to her credit, including being the first female to race the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway on a motorcycle; the first female to race an electric motorcycle internationally; and the first female to race in the AMA Vance & Hines Harley Davidson class. A GoPro Roadracing video entitled “Shelina Moreda Test Ride” was GoPro’s first video to score more than 800,000 hits on YouTube (check it out here).
That’s not all, though—and here’s where it gets to be fun for all the outdoor adventure gals reading this.
Shelina Moreda is the founder of Girlz MotoCamps, which provides a rare opportunity for female riders, from absolute beginners to advanced riders, to get personalized coaching from a female motorcycle professional. No previous motorcycle experience is required.
The camps last two days, with riding on a Petaluma dirtbike track (with a dedicated Flat Track and TT tracks). Off-track class sessions cover technique and riding mentality, and a limited class size guarantees personalized instruction.
Moreda has just released the schedule for the first camp of 2015, the annual “Valentines Camp.” It will be held from February 27-March 1. For more information and to register, visit www.shezracing.com