We are beyond stoked to welcome professional flat track racer, #55, Sandriana Shipman to Babes in the Dirt East! Sandriana will be assisting Johnny Lewis’s Moto Anatomy class during the event and helping ladies of all skill sets increase their knowledge, handling, and confidence as they slide sideways through the track. We can’t even begin to explain how much these classes help you become a better rider (in the dirt and the street). Becoming a better rider doesn’t mean you are the fastest, it means you are better educated and more confident on two wheels which can only come with putting in the seat time. We are so grateful as Babes in the Dirt and Babes Ride Out to be able to partner with people like Johnny Lewis and Sandriana to bring some fun to the track while helping riders (new and old) become more skilled. Red on to get to know Sandriana and make sure to sign up for Moto Anatomy during Babes in the Dirt East by signing up HERE.
My love for two wheels began when I was just three years old on the rail road tracks behind my house. My dad put me on a PW 50 for the first time and I haven't looked back since. By the time I was seven my dirt track career had started before I even knew it. I traded the nearby trails for local indoor racing at the "Thunderdome" in Middletown, NY and instantly fell in love with the added adrenaline rush of bar banging and close competition.
From there my Father and I began traveling to all of the nearby AMA District 3 tracks collecting trophies and championships along the way. Eventually I made my way onto the National Flat Track scene during the 2014 Amateur Grand National Championship races at the famous Springfield Fair Grounds. I finished 6th overall racing 450's against all the boys even though I missed the last day; Dad had to get back to work to pay for racing.
After some bad luck and broken bones in 2015 I found myself racing bikes older than I was competing at all the AMA Vintage Nationals. I walked away from 2016 with a National #1 plate and a ton of new connections made. I still felt like I had more potential left and deep down I wanted to prove that I could run with the best of the best in American Flat Track's singles class. I was met with some more challenges in 2017 between injuries and the struggles of traveling the US in my SUV and small trailer. Before I knew it I was lined up for my first professional main event at Calistoga. Finally everyone started to see that I was a serious contender against the boys.
Unfortunately for me.. racing always seems to create unexpected circumstances. In just the third round of the 2018 AFT season I was seriously injured. I sat out until the last three races of the series when I teamed up with RMR Honda. At the very last race of 2018, the “Meadowlands Mile,” I made my second American Flat Track Single Main Event. For 2019 I decided to form my own team, by utilizing all of my resources I was set to be under the “TripleNickelRacing” banner. But, as seems to be the story of this 5’2” 100lb girl, I am injured again. I compressed vertebra in my spine for the third time… As I write this I'm on the mend yet again. I may have some more metal holding my bones together and a few more battle-scars but I'm more driven and determined to comeback stronger than ever before. I appreciate everyones on-going support throughout my career and especially during my recent recovery.