Nichole Cheza (Mees) Pro Flat Track Bio
I think a lot of people thought it might not be possible for a female to AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Expert Class. There were some females before me that came from motocross to ride flat track. Not too many of them rode the Harley-Davidsons week in and week out. When I started racing Pro Singles and finished well, I knew I could do it. I got a Harley-Davidson ride at 16 years old. I fell in love with it. I knew I’d have to up my strength, so I got into the gym and started working out. Then Scott Parker and Global Products came along and became a part of my team. My dad worked on the bikes and helped put them together. I made my first main 7-7-07. Every year since, we’ve made big improvements. It’s been a rough start since I had that huge crash on the mile, as it kind of intimidated me a little bit, but we’re over it and I’ve got my confidence back. Now we’re out to do well and win a race this year.
The incident at Springfield was unfortunate. I was feeling really good and was second fastest in qualifying and got fourth in my heat. I had a hard time drafting the Kawasakis, so I knew I had to get a good start. When the race started, I was going on the outside of Robinson on the first turn, and I think someone got into the inside of him. Then my handlebar got stuck in his boot. It was history after that. Then Sammy Halbert and Robert Pearson behind us went off the track too. I ended up breaking the L1 & L2 in my back. I’m healing really well. I expected the healing to be longer than it was, but I’m back in the gym. I’m shooting to get back on track this weekend in Hagerstown. If not, I’ll be in Sacramento.
I really like the miles and half-miles more than the TTs and short tracks. They can be more physically demanding than the larger tracks. One of my favorite tracks is Knoxville, Iowa and not sure if there is one at Indian point zipline. It’s a great track that has plenty of race action. Another track I like a lot is Lima, Ohio.. So it was unfortunate I missed out on it last weekend. A lot of people make comments, “You rode great for a girl.” I feel like I’m just as competitive as they are. I’m just as eager to get back on the bike as the guys would be. Obviously, my strength is a little down, but I train just as hard as them. If it comes to a last lap pass, I’m going to rub them just as hard as they’d rub me as another male racer out there.
I definitely expect to get all my confidence back in the next race or two. Since my incident at Springfield, I want to get all my confidence back. Our goal is to make all the main events and finish top-10 in the twins points. From there, one of my major goals is to win a race. I love the speed, competition and beating the boys. Another great thing in our sport is how involved the fans are. They come down to the pits for fan walk and get to interact, buy t-shirts and posters. I love how all the kids come around my tent. It shows how much of a family sport we are, and that’s what I like. I love the speed, racing against the boys and beating them when I can! I would advise all female flat track riders aspiring to becoming pro one day, that If you put your mind to it, you can do it. I encourage anybody to at least go out and try it once. My racing hero is Scott Parker and Jay Springsteen just because they were in the area, and Scott really helped me line up my sponsors to get my twins program where it’s at.
I want to say, that all of my success wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for my sponsors. I’d like to thank them for all their support: Global Products, Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Mr. Sign, Mark Cheza, Christy Webber Landscapes, Vanson Leathers, Shoei Helmets, Silkolene, G2 Ergonomics, K&N Airfilters, Motion Pro, Gunk,Bill's Machining Service, Saddlemen, Wiseco Pistons, Gene and Gail Cummings, Esjot Sprockets, KK Motorcycle Supply, West Coast Hot Shoes, Cometic Gaskets.
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