After seven months of anticipation, the women in Royal Enfield’s “Build. Train. Race.” program finally got a chance to square off against one another at Dixie Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia, during American Flat Track’s Atlanta Short Track weekend. Originally scheduled to take place March 28 at the rescheduled Atlanta ST, the exhibition race gave the four women a chance to put the flat track racers they’d built around a Royal Enfield Mark II INT 650 Twin to the test. (Read more about the contestants and motorcycles in our Leading Ladies Build, Train, Race Royal Enfield Flat Trackers article.)

“You don’t want to suck,” said pro roadracer and BTR participant Melissa Paris pre-race.

The women were able to overcome their jitters to lay down some fairly fast laps on a professional track in the eight lap exhibition race. Jillian Deschenes used the skill set she's honed as the 2019 District 23 AMA Flat Track women’s champion to post the fastest lap of 20.053 while Paris posted the second-fastest lap time of 20.761. Comparatively, AMA pro racers Jared Mees and Briar Bauman had best lap times of 18.584 and 18.551 in the first race of the Atlanta ST doubleheader. (Mees and Bauman finished 1-2).