Amy
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Myname is Amy Mellinger. I have lived just outside of Chicago my entire life. It is not quite the motocross mecca of the United States, but it helps when your family has a motorcycle dealership (Motor Cycle Center, Villa Park, IL) that has been around since 1980. I have raced KTM’s from the age of 4, although I did have an affair with Husky’s when I was on 50’s (my dad even put a 65 motor in one, because I didn’t want to learn how to shift yet). As you can probably guess, we only sell European bikes so I guess you could say the Mellinger family bleeds orange.

Growing up, it was always a family affair at the track. My dad and my two older brothers all raced while my Mom would always come out for support. As you can imagine, there was bound to be some competition between the kids. There was even competition between our dad and us as we grew older and became faster. My oldest brother Nick was always the faster and smoother one, while Chris was always fairly cautious on the bike, and I… Well I got the nickname “Crashes” from my brothers growing up. 2003- Broken collarbone. 2007- Broken scaphoid. 2008- Torn ligament in my thumb. Then in the summer of 2010 I got landed on and ran over during practice before a race at Motoland in Indiana and receiving my 3rd concussion, torn ACL, high ankle sprain, broken molar, and a cut up elbow. Two weeks later, I had surgery to repair my ACL and three days after that I was walking around without crutches and able to do some easy peddling on the stationary bike. I ended up being released from physical therapy two months early, because I had more than full flexibility, more strength than the non-injured leg, and I have not had any pain in it for a good month or two by that point. My mile run time was even lower than it was before the injury. That being the first time I have needed surgery from an injury, I would say it went fairly well. I came back as a smarter, stronger, faster, and smoother racer. Part of that being because I switched over to my brother Chris’ 250f from the 144, since he is stationed in England with the Air Force and can’t really ride at the moment. (Thanks Chris, I am proud of you!) Being on the four stroke forced me to mellow out my riding style, but I was comfortable on the bike from the very first day.

This year my goal is to get top 10 at Loretta’s in Women’s, so I can race against Ashley Fiolek and Sarah Whitmore again next year at Red Bud and Millville. I honestly feel like I have the speed, but it is hard to judge because the local races have a weak turn out.
 

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