Stacey Virgin - I Ride

Navy SEAL/Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SOC); 13 years of Navy service; ridden motorcycles since age FIVE; former Alaska State MX Champion; two Gold Medals in 30+ B/C class at 2010 Loretta Lynn's Amateur National Championship. 32 years old.

My dad was the one who first got me interested in racing. It was through his encouragement and dedication that I became obsessed with motocross. I was raised in Alaska, which is an awesome place to grow up racing as a kid. I attribute most of my mental strength to growing up there, especially when it comes to the cold.

When I was 17 years old, I was invited to live and train with Guy Cooper. He provided me the opportunity of a lifetime, and I'm very grateful for that. I still had a lot of growing up to do when I moved down to Stillwater, Oklahoma, by myself. That's an awful lot of responsibility for someone at that age, but it forced me to grow up.

When I was a racer, my training was weak sauce in comparison to what I do now. I gained most of my fitness while rehabbing from an injury in '96. I was really pushing myself physically when I heard about the Navy SEALs, and I instantly knew that was what I wanted to do. It took me two times to make it through training, but I eventually graduated as the class Honor Man of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) class 233 in March of '01.

Loretta Lynn's this year was almost too good to be true! I received some amazing support from some really great people, and got hooked up with a new KX450F that was completely tricked out by Pro Circuit and Team Kawasaki. My mechanic was Jason Evans, who came all the way from North Carolina for the sole purpose of supporting me. I also had training help from Rick Johnson, as well as great product from Troy Lee Designs, Dunlop and Alpinestars. The equipment I was on and the support I received were second to none, and just further proves the point that motocross racers and their families are awesome, down-to-earth and genuine people!

I love to race, plain and simple. I race every chance I get. The Navy was on board with Loretta's this year because it provides good exposure, and we're always searching for kids who fit the part of future Navy SEALs. It also helps that my immediate supervisor loves to ride, too!

Three pieces of advice for aspiring young racers and Navy SEALs: First, know that you can always do more, meaning you can always train harder and longer. Second, never, ever quit. Third, work as a team and find a training partner that will push you toward your goals.