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My name is Susan Voss. I’m 17 years old and from a small farming community in central Minnesota. Growing up I was just an average little girl. I went to public school, played many sports including softball, golf and ballet.

The summer between fifth and sixth grade, my life changed. My dad’s business partner from Nebraska came up to my house one weekend from a Loretta Lynn’s regional qualifier. At the time, I had never seen a motocross race, except for watching the Disney movie “Motocrossed.” I knew my dad raced C class back in the 1980's, but he never really talked about it. When my family and I got to the track I was amazed. The adrenaline, noise and atmosphere blew me away. After that weekend I knew I wanted motocross in my life.

I only rode my 65 for a short time because it was clearly way too small for me. My next bike was a KTM 85 that I raced a couple motocross races on but realized that it wasn’t really my style. I transitioned over to Hare-Scrambles and Enduros. My first year of racing them I don’t even remember how I ended up, but the year after I won most of my races and finished with a championship in the girls class. In 2009, I decided to push myself even harder. That year I won every girls race I entered, including the Hare Scramble and Enduro championship and 2 national races. That year I was also fortunate enough to run the OMA series, which is a grueling cross country series all over the country.

Due to a knee injury my 2010 year was not what I wanted it to be. Last year I raced cross country in Minnesota for my fourth year. My races were all top 5's so I had nothing to complain about. At the end of the season I went to a few motocross races just to hang out with friends but ended up realizing how much I missed it. I raced one race and led both moto’s, but ended up stalling my bike in one and crashing in the other. The day after that my parents told me they had received and email from Shannon Niday, one of the most renowned motocross coaches in the the country. They had a four month training program going on and I immediately said I wanted to do it. Three days later I enrolled into online school, packed up my bags and bikes and moved to Texas. For the next four months I worked out every morning with my physical trainer Sheila, who kicked my butt. In the afternoons I rode with Shannon. My hands were always blistered but I knew I was improving. When I left Texas in December I tripled my speed!

This year I’m mainly racing Minnesota motocross, but I will be doing some cross country. I want to thank my parents for letting me follow my dreams. It sounds cheesy but I am so grateful for them. The Niday family for taking me in and making me work my hardest.

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