Brienna Gomes, 17, of Kahului hopes to be the first female motocross rider from Maui to make it to the annual Red Bull AMA National Amateur Motocross Championship. It’s one of the most renowned amateur motocross races in the world, and takes place in late July and early August. In the past, this race has acted as a launch pad for amateur racers to pursue their dreams of turning pro.
Gomes, her parents and her two sisters are attempting to raise the money necessary to send all five of them to the National Championship race at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Tennessee. By selling T-shirts and asking for donations through their website Sendbreetotennessee.com, they hope to raise $15,000.
Gomes’ love for riding started when she was five years old, her mother Marlayna said in a statement to MauiTime. Immediately after participating in her graduation ceremony at Baldwin High School on May 17, Gomes flew to Anza, California where she raced in the Southwest Regional Championship, earning second place and qualifying her to join 1,400 other riders from across the country and compete in the National Championship on July 28-August 3.
So far, she’s earned a sponsorship from Cycle City Kawasaki and continues to train on the motocross track in Pu’unene.
Photo by John Moses