WHAT IS YOUR ROLE/POSITION IN MOTORCYCLING?
I am the first disabled female Road racer in Finland. I ride an adapted (button operated gears, left hand rear brake and toe clips to hold my legs) Yamaha YZF-R6R race-bike. I will be racing in Star Service Cup (in 2016) and Nordic Superstock 600B (in 2017) against able bodied riders.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO MOTORCYCLING?
It has been my dream for all my life but when I paralyzed in a snowboarding accident in 2002 I thought I couldn´t ever become a motorcyclist. 12years later in 2014 I decided to build my own two wheeled motorcycle with the needed adaptions. 2015 my road bike Honda CBR 600 (1993) was ready and fully road legal. by the end of the year 2015 I bought my race-bike and started to go on track days. January 2016 I was the first disabled female road racer in Finland to get a race license.
WHAT IS YOUR OBJECTIVE, YOUR GOAL?
I want to race and do my best, hopefully it will someday give me a place in the podium as the first disabled female racer. I also want to show to people that with a little dreaming and hard work you can do anything, disabled or not.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE/ENJOY IN MOTORCYCLING?
I enjoy the speed and the freedom it gives me. It´s just something I love so dearly.
WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND MOTORCYCLING?
It is a good hobby and we are all a big family.
DO YOU HAVE A ROLE MODEL/MENTOR THAT ENCOURAGED YOU?
Jani Vaahtera (Nordic Superstock 600B #64 in Finland) and Talan Skeels-Piggins (the first ever disabled rider with ACU license)