Holly Langford is one of the few girls ripping it up in the Saturday races. Holly has been recently promoted to the Mini A class where she raced her first race at Bartow and finished 5th place. We caught up with Holly to see how her season is going and what her goals are for the rest of the year.
FLDB: Hey Holly how are you?
HL: I’m great!
FLDB: First off tell me a little about yourself.
HL: Well, I’m 13 years old, I ride a 2013 KTM 85, and I’m from Ft. Lauderdale.
FLDB: So Bartow was your first race in Mini A, how did it go?
HL: Good, I really love riding with the Mini A boys. I battled with Troy Gardner for a little bit and ended up finishing ahead of him. I also got a front flat on the last lap which cost me a lot of time.
FLDB: Not bad at all! So how much different is it than Mini B? Is there any room for mistakes?
HL: It is a lot different! If you fall once it is very hard to make it up compared to Mini B.
FLDB: A lot of people refer to dirt bike racing as a buys sport and girls don’t usually get the respect they deserve. Have you experienced this?
HL: Actually the boys I have raced against have been very respectful so I personally haven’t experienced it. Im telling you though, in a couple years all the girls will be spanking the boys butts!
FLDB: I totally agree looking at who is on the move up from the 65 classes. Why did you decide to take up dirt bike racing rather than a sport that caters more towards girls?
HL: My brother watched a bunch of MX videos and he decided he wanted to race so I followed his footsteps.
FLDB: Very nice! We all know that boys hate getting beat by girls, does this motivate you to beat them? Also, how does it feel to be one of the top off-road mini riders in the state?
HL: It feels awesome! As far as the beating the boys goes it gives me a ton of motivation and it feels good to know that I’m in the A class for a reason. It motivates me to be the best that I can be.
FLDB: Very true, I saw that you were at the committee meeting regarding getting rid of the girls classes. I personally don’t agree on it, what are your thoughts?
HL: I sure was, I think they need to keep the girls classes. Even though I don’t race one of the girls classes it is where I got my start. It gives girls the confidence when they get trophies and keeps them motivated to keep on racing.
FLDB: I totally agree. I’m almost positive that you are the first girl Mini A rider, do you think you could end up racing some Women’s Pro classes in GNCC’s and other off-road disciplines?
HL: That would be amazing! I definitely would need some sponsors and support though.
FLDB: Very true, as far as this season goes, what are your goals?
HL: My goal is to finish in the top three but it is going to be tough.
FLDB: I think you can do it, so is moving up to the big bike in the plans for next year?
HL: I don’t think so I would have to grow some more.
FLDB: So I see that you are a member of Palm Beach Track and Trail. How is it riding out at “The Ranch” and do you think riding with all those people has made you a better rider?
HL: I absolutely love “The Ranch” Its my second home. Everyone in the club is so nice and they are like family. I think everyone in each way has made me a better all around rider.
FLDB: Do you ride anywhere else?
HL: Miami MX from time to time.
FLDB: Nice, who would you like to thank Holly?
HL: My pit crew (My dad and Richie Smith), my #1 mechanic Randy Rash, my mom, and my brother Jack.