Megan Manshack: 2nd-place finisher in the 2013 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series
November 27, 2013
Megan Manshack, a 23-year-old racer from Splendora, Texas, finished 2nd in the Women’s class of the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series in 2013 aboard her Honda TRX450R.
Manshack says the season went great for her, especially since she hadn’t ridden for a year and a half before the 2013 season. Besides finishing 2nd overall she “was given the incredible opportunity” to ride for Root River Racing and was put on the FTR MotoGirlz team.
“After not having ridden in a year and a half before this season, I was really hoping to come back with a bang after training so hard in the off-season,” she says. “I made too many mistakes early on in the season and was too inconsistent and it cost me a chance at a championship. That was really hard to take, but it just fuels me to train even harder for next season.”
Manshack says that Katie Mette, who finished the season with the No. 1 plate, was her toughest competition: “Our lap times were almost identical all year and she is a very smooth, consistent rider.”
The season wasn’t all serious. She says a couple things happened during the season that people still tease her about.
“I had a few mishaps in the holeshot at two national races back to back where I wheelied right out of the gate and killed it when I let it back down,” she says.
Surprisingly, Manshack says she is terrified of big jumps.
“I will do them, but I am freaking out on the inside the whole time,” she says.”
Manshack got her start racing at the age of 11 at a local track in Waller, Texas, riding a Yamaha Blaster.
“Back then there were only three classes for quads to race so I had to race against a full gate of guys on Honda 250Rs and 400EXs in the Beginner class,” she says. “I was terrified and I flipped over in a corner and was too scared to race the second moto!”
She enjoys racing in the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series because of the variety of tracks and locations “as well as all the great people I get to meet from all over the country. They have become like my second family.”
For 2014, Manshack plans to race the nationals again in the Women’s class and Production B.
“I will be riding a lot more in the off season than I did last year and I will be in the gym a minimum of five days a week, getting stronger and conditioning myself,” she says.
When she’s not riding ATVs, Manshack says she likes to “bling things! I have an obsession with anything that sparkles. I actually have a business with Bailey Williams called Brap Bling where we bling out racing gear. I also really enjoy playing video games and reading books.”
No racer races alone. Manshack recognizes that and wants to thank all her supporters.
Her parents, she says, “have been supporting me the entire 12 years I have been racing, even though my dad would prefer I quit.
“I would also like to thank Rich Gillette, the owner of Root River Racing, for everything he has done for me this year. Without him I wouldn’t have been able to race the nationals! Rod Mickelson, Tony Subjek and Jim Kenough are also some really great people that have helped me a ton this year and they are the ones who keep the team’s quads flawless all year long. Rod is the team manager and he is also part of the reason for me having the opportunity to ride for Root River,” she says.
“I would also like to thank the rest of our sponsors: Ernie from FTR Powersports, Motowoz, JB Racing, Rage ATV Racing, FourWerx Carbon, ITP Tires, Pepsi, Fly racing, Yoshimura, Rath Racing, Thorson Graphics, RPM, Gaerne Boots, 100 Percent, DP Brakes, Rod’s Ride On Powersports, Trimble’s Honda, and all the Root River riders and family members,” she says.
For anyone who wants to race quads, Manshack offers this advice: “Do your research on what ATV will work best for you and spend money on suspension before worrying about making it faster.”
Per parting thought?
“I want to thank everyone who has helped me out, once again, and I also encourage everyone to attend any national race they can to support the sport or check out the TV coverage on www.racertv.com
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