Meet the world’s youngest competitive motocross racer who teaches science to the Motocross world

When Rachel Preston was eight years old she was forced to drop out of field hockey to chase her passion of “petrophysics,” an off-road version of racing that allows drivers to “travel across country using less fuel than running a bucketful of water for miles.”

“You need lots of tiny little cylinders,” she told The WorldPost. “I needed that literally from the very beginning — to be precise, 2,000 volts. That’s how many you need, minimum.”

Preston is just 19 but she’s already amassed plenty of experience — and is staking out an elite position in the male-dominated sport. She and a British motocross world champion first met at age 10, when she joined him on a track ride on a narrow dirt path in the countryside. They shared a love of learning about science and their interest in racing simulators soon pushed them together.

“I took everything off his leg to make a jump. That’s when he said, ‘I want to race with you.’ I was like, ‘No, you don’t want to race, that’s a man’s sport,’” she recalled with a laugh. “So he’s like, ‘Yeah, it’s OK.’ He took everything off my leg, I jumped and screamed a bit, looked at him, and said, ‘That’s what I’m going to do.’”

The two entered their first motocross race together in England two years later. Now, they’re signed with world-renowned Adidas motorsport agency Stunt MVNO, and they’re racing on the reality TV show Nitro Circus with more than 6 million viewers in the U.S. alone. The show offers competitive, amateur racers a place on the world-renowned Nitro Circus Stage, and the prize is getting into Nitro Circus.

In addition to winning awards and being a champion motocross racer, Preston is managing to become the first female chauffeur for a team of motocross racers.

So just how to win a world championship in a sport full of men? To help her achieve her goal, she’s channeling her own enthusiasm for science: “I’m betting on myself, making all the calculations,” she said.

Leave a Comment