Catching Up With Miss Phoenix Supercross, Brittney George

Unless you¿ve been completely disconnected from the World Wide Web these past few days, you¿ll know that Clear Channel Entertainment¿s Miss Supercross 2006 contest is in full effect. Furthermore, if you are a regular visitor to any of the motocross message boards¿Steve ¿TFS¿ Bruhn¿s MotoTalk in particular¿you also know that some of the candidates are doing some serious campaigning! Since MXA and Racer X have highlighted Miss Anaheim 2, Amanda Symiczek, we decided to check in with the other top candidate, Miss Phoenix, Brittney George.

In our conversation with Brittney we discovered that although she is not a professional model, the cute, personable 18-year old is quite the die-hard rider and fan. Born in the California high desert, Brittney has been ¿doing it in the dirt¿ since she was only five years old, and continues to ride on a regular basis in Lake Havasu, Arizona, where she and her family live now. And get this, guys: she can clean her own air filter! How much better does it get than that? Read on to learn more about TransWorld Motocross¿ favorite candidate for Miss Supercross 2006¿

So Brittney, how did you get the gig as Miss Phoenix, anyway?

Well, my mom went to the Clear Channel website to buy Supercross tickets and saw the little advertisement for the Miss Supercross 2006 contest. She told me to check it out and I did. I wasn¿t sure what I was getting into, but I applied anyway. The next thing I knew, I got an e-mail from Clear Channel saying that I was selected to be Miss Phoenix. I was ecstatic!

What got you interested in motocross? Is it a family thing?

Well, both of my parents grew up riding dirt bikes, so I guess you would say that it is very much a family thing. My mom and dad put me on a dirt bike before I could walk. My first race was at Sunrise Cycle Park in Adelanto (California). I was only five-years-old! I also raced the Adelanto Grand Prix and some other desert races. I don’t race much these days, but I keep up with the guys on the trails and motocross tracks the best I can. I attended my first Supercross in 1995 at Anaheim Stadium and it was there I got my first glimpse of him: the rider who commanded all my attention; Jeremy McGrath.  I was hooked! From that moment on, I became a major Supercross fan.

What kind of bike do you ride now, and where do you ride in Lake Havasu?

I have a Honda XR250R. I love that bike! I ride mostly here in Havasu at the local tracks and out in the open desert. We travel back to the California high desert often for riding weekends and love to stop at the good ol’ Slash X.

How did you choose that bike?

My dad felt that a four-stroke Honda would be perfect for me, and the XR can handle any type of riding, not just motocross.

What is your favorite thing about riding? 

Getting out on the trails and just going for it! I like the challenge and it is one heck of a workout!

Tell us about your biggest crash…

(Laughs) Well, I tend to be a rut magnet! This one time I was riding down a hill and there was this huge rut, running right down the middle of the trail. I was trying to avoid it, but I rode right into it. My bike stopped and I flew over the handlebars, just like some of the guys do in the whoops in Supercross! My stomach hit the ground and I slid all the way to the bottom of the hill! I have scars to prove it, too.

Do you work on your own bike? Can you service an air filter?

My dad’s philosophy is, “If you own a bike, you¿d better know how to take care of it.” So yes, he has taught me the basics, but I am still learning. Yes, I have serviced my own air filter, but with my dad’s help.p>

Ever have any desire to do more racing?

Yes! I recently wanted to do the WORCS race here in Havasu, but the timing didn’t work out for me. In the near future I hope to race in a desert race. I wanna race 50s too! Those things look really fun on a mini motocross track.

What are you studying in school, and what is your eventual career goal?   

I am in the communications and media program and I plan to pursue a career involved in motorsports, somehow. I am also interested in productions.

Where does being Miss Supercross fit into those plans?

It fits in perfectly! What better way is there to gain experience and exposure in the world of Supercross? I would be right in the middle of the action and get to soak it all up and learn as much as I could. I see it as a large stepping stone toward my career goals. It is a way to dive into the motocross industry and learn. It would be a dream-come-true. Plus, I would have the best seat in the house to catch all the action! It’s an adrenaline rush being down on the field!

Have you done much modeling in the past? 

No not really!  I did some work for a local bathing suit company. I did have a man from a New York modeling agency stalk me in Orlando, Florida, once. (Laughs)

 Any aspirations of becoming a professional model?

Yeah! I think modeling would be awesome, but it’s not my ultimate goal.

I hear that your family has two subscriptions to TransWorld Motocross. Please explain¿

One subscription was a Christmas gift to my brother, but the other one¿ Well, I bought it for myself because he won’t share the posters with me! He hangs up the chicks and I hang up the riders!

So you caught our attention with all of the campaigning going on at Mototalk. How exciting is it to be in the running?

It is beyond exciting, it’s like a surreal experience! One day everything was totally normal and the next day I¿m sitting at the computer, freaking out watching the postings and the votes go up! It’s simply amazing! I am super psyched and I am thankful for those who voted for me. That is another thing about Supercross is that the people and riders are all some of the nicest you will ever meet.

What will being Miss Supercross entail, anyway? Are you looking forward to traveling to all of the races? 

Well, I am in hopes of getting to travel to all the races! I guess we¿ll see on May 7th when the winner is decided. I am so prepared to travel. In addition to the travel, the position would entail a great deal of responsibility to represent Supercross in its classic form. Ultimately, I suppose the job is to promote Supercross to the current fans and to help attract new ones. I like the idea of being a part of such a fast-paced, energizing world of dirt bikes and all the industry has to offer.

When you were on the podium at the Phoenix SX, was it hard to stand there and look interested in what the riders were saying?

What do you mean?!?! I was interested in every word! Sometimes it was actually hard to believe that I was standing next to MC, RC, K-Dub, and Chad! I was speechless and star struck! It took awhile to relax, but I was okay. After a while, I started noticing that I was taller than most of the riders. (Laughs) One of the highlights of the night was riding into the stadium for opening ceremonies in the Lamborghini with MC, my favorite rider of all time!

From your e mail address nickname ¿McGrath babe,¿ it¿s obvious that you are a Jeremy McGrath fan. What do you consider so special about MC?

What’s funny is that I have had that e-mail address science the sixth grade! I have been a crazed fan of his since that first Supercross. He was it! The King! The cutest rider out there for sure! And man, could he ride! As I grew older he was a source of inspiration for me. I have always looked up to him, and I would have to say that I am one of his biggest fans.

What do you think about his return to racing this year?

Thank goodness! I was not finished watching him race yet, and it’s obvious by the fans¿ response they weren’t either. He is an icon of Supercross.

At what point should a rider/athlete stay retired?

That’s a personal judgment call for each rider. If they can do it and feel good about it, then keep at it!

Is there a point when a comeback can taint a racer¿s former accomplishments?

Not in Jeremy’s case. He seemed to be having such a great time, and he has made it clear that he is just out there having fun and not out to win. I think that McGrath coming back to do a few races has helped energize the 2005 season even more than the Chad, Bubba and RC hype.

Finally, what do you think of the whole permanent number thing? Should a champion run number one?

I like it! I see Carmichael as number four, MC as number two, Reed as number 22, and so on. Heck, I even have big, fat, number twos on my bike! (Laughs) As far as the number-one plate thing goes, I think that having the championship is enough, and that the number we have become used to seeing them with is what they should run. Number two is synonymous with MC, just as 22 is synonymous with Chad.

Okay Brittney, thanks for your time. Can you send us some more photos to go along with this interview?

Well, like I said before, I am not a professional model so I don¿t have a bunch of pro photos of me to send¿

Well, why don¿t you grab your camera phone and have someone snap some photos of yourself with your trusty XR250R, then?

You know what? As goofy as that sounds, I am gonna go do just that! Check your e-mail in the morning! Goodnight!

To cast your vote for Miss Supercross 2006, visit  http://www.supercross.cc.com/mssupercross/Document.2005-04-06.3839

According to Brittney though, voting ends today, so cast your vote now! The top three candidates will attend the Las Vegas series finale, where a live vote will be conducted to determine the overall winner who will be crowned Miss Supercross 2006. have been a crazed fan of his since that first Supercross. He was it! The King! The cutest rider out there for sure! And man, could he ride! As I grew older he was a source of inspiration for me. I have always looked up to him, and I would have to say that I am one of his biggest fans.

What do you think about his return to racing this year?

Thank goodness! I was not finished watching him race yet, and it’s obvious by the fans¿ response they weren’t either. He is an icon of Supercross.

At what point should a rider/athlete stay retired?

That’s a personal judgment call for each rider. If they can do it and feel good about it, then keep at it!

Is there a point when a comeback can taint a racer¿s former accomplishments?

Not in Jeremy’s case. He seemed to be having such a great time, and he has made it clear that he is just out there having fun and not out to win. I think that McGrath coming back to do a few races has helped energize the 2005 season even more than the Chad, Bubba and RC hype.

Finally, what do you think of the whole permanent number thing? Should a champion run number one?

I like it! I see Carmichael as number four, MC as number two, Reed as number 22, and so on. Heck, I even have big, fat, number twos on my bike! (Laughs) As far as the number-one plate thing goes, I think that having the championship is enough, and that the number we have become used to seeing them with is what they should run. Number two is synonymous with MC, just as 22 is synonymous with Chad.

Okay Brittney, thanks for your time. Can you send us some more photos to go along with this interview?

Well, like I said before, I am not a professional model so I don¿t have a bunch of pro photos of me to send¿

Well, why don¿t you grab your camera phone and have someone snap some photos of yourself with your trusty XR250R, then?

You know what? As goofy as that sounds, I am gonna go do just that! Check your e-mail in the morning! Goodnight!

To cast your vote for Miss Supercross 2006, visit  http://www.supercross.cc.com/mssupercross/Document.2005-04-06.3839

According to Brittney though, voting ends today, so cast your vote now! The top three candidates will attend the Las Vegas series finale, where a live vote will be conducted to determine the overall winner who will be crowned Miss Supercross 2006.