We've been following Royal Enfield North America's Build. Train. Race programme since it launched in late-2019. The idea is a group of women are given an Interceptor 650 twin (referred to as the INT 650 in the USA) to modify for flat track racing. They build it, they train to race, then they compete. The programme has doubled in size for its second year, with eight riders: six new joined by the returning champ Jillian Deschenes and Lana MacNaughton.
Because of Covid, last year was slightly derailed, but the women still got to race at two AFT rounds, dream come true stuff.
One of the new for 2021 entrants, Nean Kiskella, wrote about the group's training day with Johnny Lewis at the Royal Enfield x MotoAnatomy Slide School (read Nean's Sideburn blog post).
This weekend sees some of BTR bikes on show at the Women’s Motorcycle Show in Texas during the Get On! Moto Fest, May 21- 23 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The first race is the following week - 29 May, at the Chicago Half-Mile, a race run by Steve Nace Promotions.
Royal Enfield say 'The goal of the program is to elevate the visibility of women in motorcycle racing and provide opportunities to female motorcycle enthusiasts in racing.'
We couldn't be more behind that.
Find out more at buildtrainrace.com