By Megan Maeda
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Classes raced: 85, 150, 1260, Beginner 85, 150, Open Beginner, and Girls 85, 150 Open
Sponsors: Mikametals, Acerbis, ParaPros, Bill's Pipes, Alias, EKS Brand, Maxima, Works Connection, ASV, BTO, Fuel Clothing, Viscious Clothing, Ethika, Bell.
Sixteen-year-old Alexis Dunn is a frequent competitor at our TWMX Race Series events, and she had a particularly good showing at this year’s Mini Major, presented by Spy. In addition to finishing on the podium in the Girls 85 class, she also nearly won the 85 Beginner class!
How long have you been racing and what led you to choose motocross?
I've been racing for about two years now and riding full-time on dirt bikes for four years. I plan on going as far as I can with racing. I'm trying to do Mammoth next year for 2018 and I'm probably going to move up a class. I plan on racing the Mini Major again next year and in age group and novice. I was hoping for AZ open.
Who is your biggest influence in racing?
Ashley Fiolek inspired be because she is never let down in her motos. Even when she broke her collarbone, she came back, fought, and still won a championship. She never gave up on racing and kept racing as far as she could until she retired. She is my big influence because I also know sign language so when I first met her at Cahuilla for a training day, I got to know her and communicate with her. I learned basic skills she was training.
What are your favorite types of tracks and track obstacles?
I like a lot of long tracks that have a lot of speed. I'm not into tight Supercross technical jumps because of how hard you have to hit and rail a corner. I like to carry my speed and momentum around the corner. I like jumps that give me a clear runway like Milestone, Glen Helen, and the Pala main track for example.
I rode for a little bit and decided it wasn't for me and moved to soccer, why did you stick with motocross?
It was a sport that I liked because you don't depend on a team for you to win, you depend on yourself. If something were to happen in let's say soccer, if someone doesn't shoot the ball they let the whole team down, but in motocross you stick with yourself and the bike and do what you can to try to win.
Tell me about your bike and why you chose it? What have you done to make it work well for you?
My mechanic Brad for Parapros does a lot of my motor work when I need a top end, or when I blow up my bike. I chose Kawasakis after I rode Yamaha 85s because I wanted a bike that I felt comfortable on and a bike that had a good background. So, I checked RiderTV online to see what was the best mini bike and I went and test rode a bunch of bikes with my friends and in the end, I chose Kawi as my favorite. I just felt really comfortable on it.