The 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross Championship just picked up some steam with the addition of 5-time Miss Supercross Dianna Dahlgren as a FS1 pit reporter. A huge step forward in her career, Dianna will take on the journalistic responsibility of covering the exciting action from the 14 round AMSOIL Areancross Championship with her new co-workers Robbie Floyd and Daniel Blair. We got Up to Speed with Dianna to talk about her new role and her plans to get in front of the camera with confidence and excitment! 

First off, congratulations Dianna. Explain your new role in 2016 with FS1 and AMSOIL Arenacross.

Yes, I am so excited! I’m looking forward to the new opportunity and my next chapter. It’s definitely 100% different than my role as Miss Supercross where I was basically a spokes model for the brand, and now as a pit reporter I am a representative of the racers of AMSOIL Arenacross. I did a little bit of work with the riders as Miss Supercross, but now it is going to by my main responsibility to deliver information from the racers to the viewers. That’s what I’m the most excited about is that different transition.

Well, it is certainly a good time to be joining AMSOIL Arenacross. They saw the battle for the title go down to the very last main event of the season. It must be exciting to be entering a new role associated with such a growing and thriving brand.

It is really exciting. Kyle Regal and Jacob Hayes took it down to the wire last season, and it is going to be interesting to see what new riders jump into the mix in 2016. We are going to really find out at the season opener in Cincinnati who puts their foot down and sets the precedent for the year. I’ve definitely been studying up on the racers in AMSOIL Arenacross and that is another thing that I’m excited about. This is an entirely new batch of riders. I’ve been associated with the same racers in Monster Energy Supercross for almost seven years. To have a fresh perspective to report on is going to be great. The tighter, quicker, more intense action of AMSOIL Arenacross is really appealing to me. Having the opportunity to be a part of something different is definitely special.

During your career as Miss Supercross you had the chance to work alongside some great pit reporters like Erin Bates and Jenny Taft. Were you able to pick up on some of their tricks of the trade and will that help you in your new role?

100%. That’s the thing, I have done a lot of social media reporting, and a little rider reporting from inside the venues, but I’ve never been able to conduct solid pit reporting and have it as my main focus. It is great that I was able to pull information from people like Jenny Taft and Erin Bates. Jenny was a huge help to me, giving me pointers and just sharing valuable information with me about the job. I’m going to use it to my advantage and hopefully make myself as good of a pit reporter as those ladies one day.

You did an amazing job as Miss Supercross and have one of the largest social followings in the entire industry. A lot of folks are going to miss you as Miss Supercross, but this is a huge step forward in your career and your brand. How do you translate this to your fans?

You know what, I’ve already seen a lot of the talk in recent weeks. You’re right, I was Miss Supercross for five years and I’m the only woman who has done that, and it kind of ran its course. All I have to say about the transition is this is definitely a step in the right direction for bettering my career. This new role will allow me to stay in the dirt bike world for a longer period of time. A lot of girls never get the chance to move from modeling or being a Monster Girl into another role and then they just kind of have to move on with their lives. My new role will keep me directly involved in dirt bike racing, and that’s where I want to be. To be able to turn the page from Miss Supercross into a pit reporter and extend my career makes it that much more exciting.

AMSOIL Arenacross has a lot of elements like the Race to the Championship, Head to Head bracket racing, and it’s overall intensity is just different in many ways than Monster Energy Supercross.

Everything will be different for me. I have to reset my mind and get used to things being different than I have known for a long time. With the two main events of AMSOIL Arenacross, everything is completely different and I have to just retrain my mind to absorb the fast paced racing action that only comes with arenacross. But, that’s what makes it so exciting to me. The Road to Supercross guys are going to be fun to cover, because they are vying for their chance to be in Monster Energy Supercross one day. They are giving it everything they have to make it to the next level and that will create some awesome scenarios to cover as a reporter.

You have some things working in your favor for your new role. You ride dirt bikes, you are an extremely accomplished fitness model and you have the intense personality required to cover the tight confines and unforgiving nature of AMSOIL Arenacross. Does this give you extra confidence to produce solid reporting?

I feel that I can definitely empathize with the fitness of the racers very well, and kind of relate to what they’re going through. That’s what my responsibility is as a pit reporter, to capture the emotions and the struggles of professional AMSOIL Arenacross racers and translate it back to the viewers. That’s what I am the most excited about is being as in tune with the racers that I can possibly be and reporting on it. I’m really looking forward to the raw emotion of the championship and being able to emulate it to the camera.

Congratulations again, Dianna. A lot of folks are looking forward to seeing you on FS1 in 2016!