14-year-old Jordan Jarvis is one of the fastest rising female AMSOIL Arenacross racers in the country. At the top of the class in her division, she is also ultra competitive in the Supermini class racing against the boys. Meanwhile, Vicki Golden is continuing to make history by becoming the first female to qualify for a main event at Arenacross, then earning her 250sx license via Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross and now in 2015 she was the first female to qualify for the night show at Monster Energy AMA Supercross an FIM World Championship.

-What do you like the most about racing in the tight confines of the AMSOIL Arenacross tracks?

VG: I think the best part of AMSOIL Arenacross is the challenge to find that extra bit of speed. The lines are basically the same for everyone so you have to either go big in the rhythm section or send it through the whoops. I always sucked through the whoops so I’d make up for it going 3-3 in the rhythm section. Only the guys in the premier class and a few in Lites would normally triple the rhythm so I always wanted go for it every weekend.

JJ: I enjoy Arenacross tracks because of the aggressiveness you need to have if you want to win. It makes hitting the catapults at the finish line a challenge for sure which gives a good separation with some of the other riders. The technicality of the tracks makes for some great racing!

-What is the craziest thing that has happened to you on an AMSOIL Arenacross track?

VG: Craziest moment would have to be my very first Arenacross race in Colorado. I showed up having no clue what I have got myself into. I was pumped to make it into the night show. I was in the LCQ moving through the pack; I hit this dude so hard that it put a dent in my fork tube. I think I missed the main by 1 or 2 spots that night but the crowd went nuts over it. When you can hear a crowd yelling over dirt bikes it is an amazing feeling and a memory that stays with you forever.

JJ: The craziest thing that has happened to me on an Arenacross track has to be at one of my first AX races when I whiskey throttled and I ended up in the stands (yes IN the stands) Luckily I wasn't hurt and did get back on my bike, rode off the track and raced my next Moto.

-Do you feel like you get more attention from the fans being a female racer?

VG: I definitely feel there's more attention that comes my way more than your average privateer. Whether people think its a good thing or not, its opening doors for not just myself. This helps future girls like Jordan to realize that there is no limit and to surpass whatever I have accomplished. Most importantly this helps the entire sport, men or women. FELD saw the opportunity with me as NASCAR did with Danica Patrick. To keep the sport alive and growing we need to not be so narrow minded and run with any and all media possibilities.

JJ: I do feel I get more attention from the fans being a female rider, especially when I hit the catapult!  I guess they don't realize that girls can ride just like the guys can. When I got on the podium in the dominator class the crowd went crazy!

-How do you train or practice differently for Arenacross than outdoor racing?

VG: Training is definitely a lot different. For outdoors you have about 2 minute lap times. AMSOIL Arenacross is complete opposite. You have about 30 second lap times. You're still training obviously but the details are changed. In the gym we keep it high intensity training with short burst of energy. With on the bike training I like to do a lot of sprint laps that range from 1 lap to 5 laps, which helps simulate what your body will do for Arenacross.

JJ: I typically tend to go to different tracks when I am practicing / training for Arenacross then where I would go for motocross training. I look for tracks that have the tighter turns and are more technical then wide open. South of the Border has a nice SX track that I train on when I can which helps out a lot, but that doesn’t happen very often. 

-Who do you look up to for inspiration on a dirt bike and why?

VG: Growing up I always looked up to Kevin Windham because he had an amazing style that no one could copy. Now that I've grown up and he's retired I've learned that it’s the people you surround yourself with is where you get your inspiration. Whether it is my family, friends, or boyfriend, that's who I go to when I'm down and need help getting up.

JJ: I have always looked up to 2 riders, Ashley Fiolek and Ricky Carmichael. Since I was little Ashley inspired me, I did a project on her in 2nd grade which allowed me to meet and ride with her. We still keep in touch. Ricky, he is just as amazing as well. I have always enjoyed watching him ride. I've been fortunate enough to get to know Ricky too since we are both in the Fox Family! They are both such great people, on and off the track and to me that's important.

-Is it difficult racing with the guys? Do they race against you differently?

VG: Well I'm not a guy so I don't really have a way to compare that haha but I think for the most part it is different. Most of the time the guys don't want to be known as the guy that took the chick out and will try and go for a very clean pass. On the other hand some of them will think if they show me a wheel I'll just get scared and let them by. It works both ways though. The pressure is higher for a guy when a chick is behind them because no one wants to get beat by the girl. The bottom line is though, man or woman you earn and establish respect with your riding.

JJ: I believe racing with the guys is more difficult then racing with the girls. I think the guys are more aggressive. I don't think they race differently, maybe a little harder? I have seen a few ride "over their heads" to try and beat me. I don't think they like being beat by a girl. It definitely helps me to get faster racing with the guys. It’s certainly the future for me and any other girls that want to make a career out of racing. Hopefully there will be more women by the time I am old enough to race pro.