She goes to school, she participates in numerous school sports and she has many friends. But what you wouldn’t expect is that, in a very male-dominated sport, she is a very accomplished motocross racer.
Ingersoll has established herself as one of the fastest racers in New York amongst the boys in her age division and has proven to be one of, if not the, fastest female racers in the Northeastern part of the United States.
Her sights are now set on proving she is one of the top female racers in the nation come July 29 - August 3rd as she qualified for the national championship race being held at Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Ingersoll established herself as one of the top 40 fastest female racers in the country just to qualify to compete at the Loretta Lynn’s ranch.
Under the guidance of her trainer and sponsor Scotty Drake, Ingfersoll has been preparing at The Compound Mx Facility in Fulton.
"I’ve had the pleasure of being able to work with Anyssia for a few years now," stated Drake. "All I can say is that she’s a coach's dream. I’ve been involved in this sport traveling around the country for nearly 20 years doing the national scene. I’ve seen it all. And one thing I've learned is this: In this expensive sport, there are some things money can’t buy. And that’s work ethic and raw natural talent."
Drake continued "I’ve seen so many racers that have it all financially and ride the best equipment money can buy. But at the end of the day, that means nothing when someone has more heart, even when the odds are stacked against her being from upstate NY. I say that because nearly all the top racers in the country live down south or out west where they can train all year round. Most of these top racers are homeschooled so they can put 100% focus on their training 7 days a week from sun up to sun down. Unfortunately that’s not the case for Anyssia. Her training is limited due to being in school, competing in several school sports, and living in a state where at least 6 months out of the year she can’t even throw a leg over the bike. But when she can train, we train hard to do our best to make up for what most of her competitors have on a daily basis all year round."
"Anyssia absolutely hates losing whether it’s to a male or female, she can’t stand it. She has that killer instinct that can’t be installed into any athlete, you either have it or you don’t. And she has it! When you have an athlete that has that drive, that heart, and that 'I want to be the best' mentality, it makes working with that person so much more enjoyable and so much easier. And then you throw in the amazing support system she has from all of her family and close friends, it’s just a recipe for success no matter what the odds are."
Drake described some of his history with Ingersoll. "I remember the first day she showed up at our facility. She wouldn’t jump anything out there. One year later she’s out here sending her bike 30ft+ in the air, jumping over 120ft gaps at 13 years old! Now here she is at 14 years old and she has shaved off about 15 seconds a lap since her first few times at the facility. She puts in the work! I love showing up to the races here in New York and seeing her line up against 30 male racers and watching her win and seeing all the spectators cheering for her as they can’t believe what they just saw. I think I actually like it even more at times when she comes off the track in 2nd place and seeing how fired up she is if she got beat by a boy. Because when that happens, you know it’s GAME ON come next race!"
"All I can say is that I'm extremely proud of her. Somewhere along the line, she has become like a little sister to me and her family has become part of my family. And for that I'm eternally grateful. No matter what she does or chooses to do in her life, she has all the right tools passed down from her family to be successful in anything that she does."
As for Drake's prdiction about the upcoming Nationals, Drake said "I truly believe Anyssia is going to shine down in Tennessee. I'm honored and excited to be able to head down to the National Championship race with Anyssia and her family to watch her dreams come true. She has a bright future!"
Out of roughly a thousand racers from all ages and skill levels, Ingersoll will be amongst only a handful of NY natives that qualified for this event. Being one of the top 40 fastest female racers in the country, and if she can find a way to finish towards the front of the field, that speaks volumes.
Wishing her the very best for not just the performance that she seeks, but for her safety as well. It’s almost time for the Mexico NY native to show the country what she can do!