DOB: December 9, 1993
Hometown: Glidden, Wisconsin
Bike: KTM SX250
Sponsors: Bananza Plumbing, FMF, KTM, Father Backed Racing, Bell, Factory Connection, Motorex, Mika Metals, Works Connection, RD Designs, Speed Photography, Hinson, Pivot Works, DT1 Filters
Most professional women’s motocross riders come from California or Florida, states that allow riding all year long. Then there is Marissa Polencheck, a native from Wisconsin, who rode indoor tracks every winter to train instead of going south. Polencheck has held her pro-license since 2012 and has been living a gypsy motocross life since. From growing up in Wisconsin, to moving to Arizona for school, to Florida and California to train, it is hard to say where she wants to go next!
What got you started in racing?
I started riding and racing when I was 12. My friend had an xr80 that I rode and (I) fell in love with dirt bikes. My dad bought me one after seeing me ride it around our cabin, built us a track and we started attending local races.
In all of your travels, where has been your favorite place you have ridden?
My favorite place that I have ridden, oh man that is a very tough question! Redbud is always amazing, but there is a track in Brush, Colorado called Sweney Cycle Park. It has the best dirt in the world.
Since leaving Wisconsin what has been the biggest challenge with racing?
The biggest challenge with racing since I left Wisconsin is trying to make all of the races. Living in California now most of the WMX races are on the East Coast. Not being able to make a living off racing, we have to work too. It is hard to have a full time or even part time job, get the time off work, and travel across country to race.
Best travel memory from racing the WMX.
Best memory from racing has to be when Kylie Fasnacht and I traveled around the US in 2017 to race all of the WMX rounds. Her family was generous enough to let us take their motorhome and trailer across the country and hit all the rounds. We saw some cool places, got to see and stay with friends and family and made some darn good memories along the way.
Proudest moment from racing?
1000% when I got third at High Point in 2017 on Father’s Day. I could not have been happier to be on the podium for him on that day.
What is your training like?
My training is pretty simple; I love cardio and I love lifting weights. The details are a secret ;)
Goal for the season?
Goals for 2018 are to get more podiums, keep myself healthy and keep meeting great people!
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