She also encourages other women to try racing as an “outlet”.
“The hardest part is taking that first step, having the courage to race that first time. I was terrified. But I knew that if I didn’t do it, I’d regret it for the rest of my life. It may not be about wining initially, but participation is key. We all have our own goals or milestones,” she says.
“If my presence on the track encourages other girls to have a serious go, that’s meant something for women in motorsport. It’s time that we made our mark.”
Unlike many racers who don’t ride on the road because they think it is too dangerous, Ashlee still does.
“I still ride, but I do it for the social aspect, not for the buzz,” she says.
“Riders all speak a common language and it is easy to strike up a conversation with another rider.
“I ride for the places it takes you and the people you meet rather than the thrill on the road. If you want thrills, do a track day.
“The closest friends I’ve made are those who I meet at the track. You extend your circle of friends and also stay safe.”
Fundraising and sponsorship
In 2016, Ashlee helped raise funds for Bear Cottage at the Westmead Children’s Hospital and will be involved in larger charity projects this year.
“Motorcyclists love a great cause and are always eager to be involved in fundraising. It speaks volumes about the community as a whole,” she says.
She will contest the 2017 Australasian Superbike Championship (ASC) in the superbike category as a privateer racer, but needs sponsorship support. To help, check out her website.
“Racing is not a sport for those with tight purse strings,” she says. “It has been financially difficult and requires sacrifices on my part. But that’s what you do to chase your dreams.”
Ashlee wishes to thank and acknowledge her sponsors JPM Cranes, BC Performance and MCA Motorcycle Accessories Supermarket and Ricondi Leathers.