Vicki Golden X Games Interview

July 26, 2011
Courtesy Miki Keller
Vicki is preparing for X Games by hitting some freestyle ramps.
Golden has been getting ready for X Games by practicing on freestyle ramps. Motorsports/Kawasaki’s Vicki Golden # 4 is confirmed to race two events at the upcoming ESPN X Games this Saturday and Sunday, July 30th and 31st at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, CA. Golden will first race the Women’s Moto X event and then the new Women’s Enduro X event the following day.

The 18-year-old from El Cajon is currently in 5th place in the WMX National point standings despite not finishing the second moto at Hangtown. She has posted a third- and several fourth-place moto finishes the last few rounds of the WMX Nationals. Golden also raced the AMA Pro Arenacross West Coast Lites this past fall making the main events and capturing some top-10 finishes among the men.

Vicki, explain the Women’s Moto X event and how have you been getting ready for Women’s Moto X?

VG: This year the women’s Moto X is in the Staples Center stadium on a course that is really similar to Speed and Style course of last year. There are heat races and then a main event of four girls. To get ready I have been riding a lot at the Kawasaki Supercross test track with my coach Sean Hamblin and Livia Lancelot from France. I have also been hitting ramps at (Ronnie) Renner’s out at Pala Raceway. There’s a freestyle ramp in our race and it is super fun to hit!

How has racing Pro Arenacross helped you to get prepared for X?

VG: I think it really helped. I got to ride different tight tracks in the off-season. I got better in the whoops and rhythms. Plus I got more aggressive.

What do you think about the competition in X Games?

VG: Well the class is stacked. Even though it is only eight women, they are some of the best. We all want to win. I know JP (Jessica Patterson), Ash (Ashley Fiolek), and Tarah (Geiger), are gonna come in strong, and Livia is a world champion so you know she wants to win. I am just ready to give it my all!

Speed through the whoops will help during the Womens Moto X inside the Staples Center.
Golden has been laying down laps at Kawasakis Supercross test track.
She has also been laying down laps at Kawasaki’s Supercross test track.

What does X Games mean to you?

VG: Racing the X Games is amazing. X Games is all about progression and the fact that they put us on Saturday night is such an honor. I love Supercross or indoor racing so I am really looking forward to the race. I am lucky, I have a good team, a good bike, and I also got some extra help for X Games from MBM out of North Carolina, and HRT out of Biloxi, Mississippi.

You just found out that you are doing the Enduro X race at X Games as well. What do you think about that?

VG: It’s really cool that X Games has a women’s pro class in Enduro X as well. I think it will be really fun. I grew riding in the hills because I didn’t live near any tracks. Getting to the riding spots was really technical, we had to go through rain ruts, over rocks, you name it. I think it made me a pretty good technical rider.

Vicki is sponsored by Motorsports Kawasaki, Parts Unlimited, Thor MX, MBM, NTS-inc, HRT, Dunlop Tires, FMF, Dirt Freak, Zeta, DRC Hardware, Alpinestars, Resner Builders and Hardware, SPY Optic, Maxima, MotoTassinari, Factory Connection, Vortex, RK Chains, Excel Rims, Hinson, One Industries, LightSpeed, K&N Filters, X Factor and Viper Tool Box.

Women’s Moto X Racing airs live at 6 p.m. PST on ESPN 2 Saturday, July 30th, and Women’s Enduro X airs live at 6:15 p.m. PST on ESPN 2 Sunday, July 31st.

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