The Athlete


Stefy today is an avid mountain bike rider. She is a Trek Women ambassador and inspire young girls/women to use sports to empower their lives.

Stefy can still be often seen around the motocross track, enjoying few laps with friends here and there.

Motocross Racing Career in USA

2005 was the best and yet the worst year for Stefy racing career. She was asked by the FIM to became the first woman to compete in a round of the FIM World Motocross Championship in the MX2 class. Stefy and her ability to be media friendly made this opportunity into an example of communication and women empowerment around the world. Featured on magazine as far away from her sport as Il Sole 24 ore Stefy makes history once again in Castiglione del Lago, Italy competing for the Honda World Factory Team. In October of such year, Stefy had the accident that stopped her racing career. She destroyed both of her ankles, risking the amputation of both legs.

2003 For the first time in the history of motocross racing [M2R helmets] honors Stefy with a signature helmet to her name sold world wide. This year Stefy became the first woman to enter a male motocross competition in Qatar.

2002 Stefy conquered another WMA AMA Women Professional Motocross title and she made history by qualifying at the [Budd’s Creek] round of the Men Outdoor National championship. In that same year Stefy was asked to be featured in another PlayStation 2 videogame called [Freestyle] by [EA Sport].

2001 Stefy suffered a wrist injury and was forced to keep her season short. She won the Women Loretta Lynn‘s championship, adding another prestigious title to her career. In this same year Stefy traveled to Japan to compete in one round of the Men Professional championship there. First woman to do so.

2000 Stefy became the first woman in modern motocross to be granted the Professional license to compete against the men. Stefy, abroad a Kawasaki Team Green raced 4 Supercross races Anaheim, San Diego, Anaheim and Daytona during the 1999 Supercross series. In the same year she also competed in the men Motocross Outdoor National Championship and in the Women Outdoor National Championship often racing both events in the same weekend.

1999 Stefy dominated the 1999 WMA AMA Women National Motocross Championship by winning every round. 1999 was also the year that Stefy was asked to be in her first videogame by EA Sport called Supercross 2000. In this same year Stefy wins the unofficial 125cc and 250cc Women World Motocross Championship held in [Colorado]. Racers from all over the world traveled to Colorado for a chance of being the best in the world and the Italian dominated.

Motocross Racing Career in Italy

1998 was a year the United States saw a reappearance of Stefy Bau. She competed in the unofficial Women’s World Cup (in conjunction with the AMA National Outdoor Championship) held in Binghamton, NY at Binghamton. Stefy triumphed the competition but results show she finished in 2nd place because of a technicality; “passing on a yellow flag”.

1997 was a big year for Stefy. In Italy she turned pro in motocross and rode for the team Yamaha Belgarda Franco Picco adding another FMI (Federazione Motociclistica Italiana) Italian Women’s Motocross Championship under her belt.

Stefy continued her dominating streak in Italy in 1996 by winning yet another FMI (Federazione Motociclistica Italiana) Italian Women’s Motocross Championship, though this time it was different because in this year, Stefy also raced downhill mountain bikes in the Downhill Mountain Bike Italian Championship with the factory team Olympia Downhill Mountain Bike. After a few races, the Italian Cycle Federation asked Stefy to represent her own country during the Downhill Mountain Bike World Championship.

In 1996, Cagiva decided to build a prototype bike for Stefy; an identical copy of David Strijbos‘s. In that year, Stefy dominated the circuit by winning every single race she had entered.

In 1995, Stefy won the Campionato Italiano UISP Motocross Amatori, now known as UISP Trofeo Italia Motocross. In that same year, Stefy simultaneously raced several races in the Italian Sport Production Championship on board an Aprilia 125 cc with Team Tino, conquering as high as few pole positions.

In 1992, Stefy made her first imprint onto US soil by arriving at Perris Raceway in California to compete at the unofficial first ever Women’s World Cup. Stefy’s goal was to beat 1992’s “Fastest Women in the World”, Mercedes Gonzalez and she conquered that goal. From that time on Stefy and Mercedes stayed in touch showing mutual respect in the still male dominated sport.

In 1991, at the ripe age of 14, Stefy began racing with bigger bikes 125cc. That year is the year Stefy won her first FMI Federazione Motociclistica Italiana Italian Women’s Motocross Championship. From then on, Stefy won 7 of the 8 FMI Federazione Motociclistica Italiana Italian Women’s Motocross Championships from 1991 to 1998.

Stefy raced mini bikes 80cc up until 1990 finishing a staggering top 5 in every National Championship event she entered up until that point.

Early life

Stefy started riding dirt bikes at 4 years of age. In 1983, only 6 years of age, she entered into her first race finishing an impressive 3rd place. She was the only little girl competing. After that first race, Stefy began a winning streak that lasted her whole first year of racing career.

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