Name: Shayna Virginia Texter
Birthday: March 12, 1991
Weight: 95 lbs
Hometown: Willow Street, PA
Family: Randy Texter (Father), Kim Mitch (Mother), Cory Texter (Brother), Hunter Mitch (Brother), Keeley Mitch (Sister)
Hobbies: Trail-riding, Training, Hanging with my boyfriend, and Playing with my puppy Ogio
Year Started Riding: 1994
Year Started Racing: 2003
Favorite Track: DuQuion Mile
Least Favorite Track: Piston Poppers TT
Favorite Restaurant: Café Chuckles
Favorite Food: Chicken Wings
Favorite Beverage: Ice Tea
Favorite Music: Anything I know the words to
Career Highlight: 2006 AMA Sports Female Rider of the Year
Racing Hero's: Ricky Graham, Scott Parker, Nicky Hayden, Glenn Fitzcharles (Grandfather) and Randy Texter (Father)
The best advice for a younger racer coming up: Don’t ever let yourself quit because of one result or crash help yourself to improve and reach your goals in life.
Past Amateur Accomplishments: (2003-2007)
2-Time Amateur National Champion Mile Champion
4-Time Winter National Amateur Champion
6-Time Northeast Amateur National Champion
2-Time Southcentral Amateur National Champion
6-Time District 6 Champion
6-Time District 7 Champion
7-Time Path Valley Speedway Champion
District 6 Female Rider of the Year
AMA Female Rider of the Year
Professional Career (2008- )
-First Female to Ever win a Grand National Event
-AMA Most Outstanding Performance Award
-Knoxville, IA GNC Main Event Winner
-Volusia, FL All-Star Series 450 Main Event Winner
-Sacramento, CA GNC Main Event 3rd Place
-Calistoga, CA GNC Main Event 2nd Place
-2010 AMA Most Dedicated Rider Award
-Multiple top 10 Finishes in the AMA Pro Singles Series
-Raced 750 Expert Class in Michigan & California
-Qualified 5th at Michigan & Maryland Rounds
-Savannah, GA All-Stars Series 750 Main Event Winner
-Volusia, FL All-Stars Series 750 Main Event Winner
-Mineral Wells, VA All-Stars Series 450 Main Event 3rd Place
-AMA Hot Shoe Series 750 Championship Overall National Champion
-AMA Hot Shoe Series 450 Championship 2nd Place Overall
-Springfield, IL GNC Main Event 3rd Place
-Bulls Gap, TN GNC Main Event 3rd Place
-Quincy, IL AMA Hot Shoe Series 450 Event Winner
-First Female to Podium a Grand National Event
2008: -Pro-Sport Hot Shoe Series-2nd Overall
-Pro-Sport Vernon Downs Mile Invitation Winner
-Pro-Sport Hot Shoe Series-5 wins (Illinois(2), Florida(2), Maryland) & 2 additional podiums (Illinois, Ohio)
33 Championships in 5 years!
Shayna’s interest in motorcycle racing began in 2003. Not as a racer, but as a spectator watching her big brother Cory race. After watching for half a season, Shayna decided she wanted to give it a try. Her first motorcycle, a TTR-125 was far from being a horsepower machine. She learned a lot and started showing some great speed. After a couple races, she decided she was ready to move to next step and start racing a YZ 85. From then until the end of the season, she started to impress and won almost every single 85 and 100cc race she entered. She dominated the local women’s class races.
In 2004, at age 13, brought even bigger challenges for Shayna. She would be very busy during the year as she raced 3 classes on her 85cc, 100cc, and 125cc. She attended her first trip to a big national event in Daytona. To her credit, she came home with the 85cc 12-15 year old championship and also finished 3rd on her new 125 against some of the best in the country. She then took her talent to the AMA Amateur Nationals in Duquoin, Illinois and that’s when things started to kick up. People kept wondering who was this kid, they had never seen up front in these highly competitive 85cc classes. When the helmet was taken off, they shocked it was a girl! She quickly received the respect from her fellow competitors who were 99% boys. She came home that season as the District 6 champion in the 85cc and 100cc classes.
In 2005, her confidence started to soar. She showed no fear against her fellow “male” competitors and she wanted to win. Moving up and racing in the 85cc, 125cc, and 250cc classes she showed amazing speed. She started winning almost every single local amateur race she competed in all three of her classes. At the AMA Amateur Nationals in just her 2nd year, she finished the season as the 2nd fastest 85cc rider in the country and the 4th fastest 125cc rider in the country. Once again, people couldn’t believe her ability to muscle around a couple hundred pound motorcycle as a female at only the age of 14! She was the local amateur champion in the 85cc, 125cc, and 450cc classes. At some tracks she had a “perfect season”, never loosing a race.
2006 was a huge jump for Shayna. She would be the only female in the local expert classes around District 6 and 7. That didn’t stop her from taking it to most of the old seasoned veteran guys doing this sport for 20-25+ years. She won 3 regional amateur national championships that season and finished 2nd overall 3 more times. At the AMA Amateur Nationals that year, she held her own against the top ranked riders in the world and won one of the most memorable races ever held at the event. She came from 6th place on the last lap to win the 250 4-Stroke Modified Premier Mile race. At speeds over 100mph that involved drafting and pure talent, she came away with the victory, being the only female in the main event! In an event that changed her career, Shayna was invited to Las Vegas for the AMA Awards Banquet. She was named the 2006 AMA Female Rider of the Year, which is given to the best female rider in any discipline of motorcycle racing. The greatest award a female rider could achieve, Shayna finally got the confidence she needed at the national level, but she wasn’t satisfied.
2007 came around, and now at 15 years old she was ready to turn pro-sport. She was not able to do this until her birthday in March. The first couple pro-sport races were in February, so she missed the cut to turn pro-sport. Instead, she had a new goal in mind and wanted to make history. She wanted to be the first female to ever win the Horizon Award. The Horizon Award is giving to the highest ranked amateur dirt tracker in the world each year at the AMA Amateur Nationals, and she wanted to go for it. Winning almost everything in her path on the way to the event, she started off the Grand Nationals on the right track, winning the 450 Mod Premier Mile race. She finished the rest of the series off strong with a couple podium finishes, and she finished runner-up for the prestigious award. Not what she fully wanted, but some bad luck on the TT in the 450 Mod class, kept her from winning the championship by a mere 3 points. Shayna kept her head high as she turned pro-sport. A day after turning pro-sport, she would podium her first pro-sport race at the Castle Rock Washington Invitational Race with a second place finish. Now with a wide fan base across the country, she knew she headed in the right direction.
Shayna came out with guns slinging for the 2008 season. She tackled the world's best pro-sport riders and left Daytona with 2-2-1-1 finishes and a comanding points lead in the AMA Hot Shoe Series. Attracting many fans to her wide open style, she had many other memorable finishes through-out the year including a win at the Vernon Downs Pro-Sport invitational and 3 more AMA Hot Shoe wins at Duquoin, Illinois and Frederick, Maryland. Some bad luck at the Duquoin Short Track cost her to loose the Hot Shoe Championship by the slimmest of margains. However, this only adds fuel to the fire as she tackles the new AMA Pro 450 Championship as well as both the AMA Pro 450 and 750 Hot Shoe Championships and won't be happy with anything less then the number one plate.