Race Like A Girl: Shayna Texter-Bauman Goes two-for-two on Podium Finishes at Sacramento Mile

Oct 04, 2021 View Comments by

Rounds 15 & 16 – American Flat Track Championship


RoadRUNNER - Shayna Texter-Bauman

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Shayna Texter-Bauman had an impressive showing at the Sacramento Mile double-header as she claimed two-for-two podium finishes in the highly-competitive AFT Singles class. Serving as rounds 15 and 16 of the American Flat Track Championship, the jam-packed race weekend provided one last stop before the series culminates with its final round next month and team rider Max Whale experienced a tough go with 7-7 results at the penultimate stop, now dropping him to 20 points behind in the championship standings.


Texter-Bauman, the 2019 Sacramento Mile winner, came into the weekend with high expectations and she more than delivered with a pair of strong podium finishes. On Saturday, Shayna placed her KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a second-place qualifying position, which set a positive tone for the rest of the weekend. With a front row start in the Main Event, Shayna powered her way off the line to secure a second-place start and she battled inside the top-four early on. She maintained top-five positions for the rest of the laps, making a last-ditch effort to go for the podium late in the race. From fifth to second in the last three laps, Shayna locked in second-place, finishing only 0.024 seconds away from her third win of the season.

Her teammate and championship hopeful, Max Whale, had a more challenging start to the race weekend. Coming into the Main Event with a Row 2 start, Whale put his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into third right away but he struggled to maintain the pace of the front-runners and settled into sixth. While working his way forward, Whale got hit and was taken off the racing line late in the race, falling back to 10th as a result. Rallying back, Whale made a last-lap pass to secure seventh on the first night.


With her second-best finish of the season the night before, Texter-Bauman came into day two with great momentum. It wasn’t the start she was looking for in the Main Event from the third row but the all-time winningest AFT Singles rider did what she needed to do in order to fight for a podium spot. Just after the halfway point, Shayna came on strong to overtake third and once again engage in an intense battle up front. Finishing only 0.069 seconds behind second-place, Shayna secured a third-place podium finish at the Sacramento Mile II. With two solid finishes, Shayna vaulted herself up four spots in the championship standings, where she now sits eighth with one round remaining.


“Overall, it was a great weekend for me. I’m really happy to come away with two podium finishes and I moved up four spots in the championship back up to eighth place. I finally got to a racetrack that suits my style and gives me a chance to go out there and show how far we’ve come with the new settings on the bike. We finally got the motorcycle back to where I’m comfortable and I’m excited to head to Charlotte and see what we can do.”



Shayna Texter-Bauman is signed until 2021 as part of the Red Bull KTM Factory Race Team; a history maker, inspirational figure, role model, and, quite possibly, the most popular rider in all of dirt track racing. She’s also incredibly fast and accomplished.

Texter became the first female to win an American Flat Track Pro Single’s Main Event at Knoxville Raceway in 2011. As monumental as that was, it was only a small preview of what was to follow. Now the Pennsylvanian not only ranks as the winningest rider in AFT Singles history, she has nearly doubled up the nearest rider on the list. Texter boasts a unique blend of tactical acumen, go-for-broke bravery, iron will, and diminutive size that, at times, makes her practically unstoppable in Mile and Half-Mile competition.

She’s made more than one serious run at the AFT Singles crown in recent seasons, and Texter continues to rewrite the record books with each successive victory. That was true again at the 2019 Texas Half-Mile where she and her brother, Cory, became the first siblings to earn AFT Main Event victories on the same day.

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