Western Pennsylvania native Ash Truxal originally came west to pursue her PhD in chemistry, but quickly found herself also pursuing a love of two wheels. In Oakland, California, Ash found herself relying on a motorcycle as her mode of transport, started learning to wrench on bikes, as well as honing her skills as a rider.  

Rising to become an accomplished academic has shown the 31-year-old what hard work and persistence can do, and that overcoming self-doubt and “diving in anyway” can take her to incredible heights. Ash remembers completing her first top-end rebuild on an XR250R—she wasn’t sure it would even fire, yet it roared to life just in time for her to line up for her first-ever enduro race.

Ash now has her sights set on getting herself on a road race grid, and is thrilled at the opportunity to be a part of the BUILD. TRAIN. RACE. program. “More than anything, I want to show people who think they aren’t made for building awesome machines or competing alongside ‘the guys’ that they are absolutely capable and should never let assumptions or self-doubt inhibit them from being their own heroes,” said Ash.