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Jasmine “The Panda” Nichols is a 14-year-old female youth road racer from Loomis, California. She is currently in her 4th official season of competition.
Prior to February 2017, she had never once piloted a motorcycle. She had only ridden as a passenger on the back of her dad’s motorcycle. However, after being taught the basics of operation, she completed her first year of MiniGP racing (2017), placing 5th in northern California (no official SoCal racing that first season).
In 2018, she finished 4th in northern California and 2nd in southern California. In mid-2018, Road Racing World Magazine published an interview with her. In 2020, she got her story published in Women Riders Now (WRN) magazine.
She has been personally trained by Young Lee owner of M1GP since May of 2017, after she attended several weekend rider clinics, Lee became her riding coach. In the 3 years that have followed, she went from a rider who had a hard time keeping the bike standing upright and not stalling it, to August of 2019, when she was worthy of earning a spot for the National Ohvale Cup Race at MotoAmerica’s Round 8 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A single race showcasing the best of the best across the MiniGP circuit in America.
Jasmine has begun her transfer from the MiniGP circuit to AFM and soon MotoAmerica. However, due to Covid19’s impact in 2020, she is only racing the shortened AFM season, aboard her own Kawasaki Ninja 300R Superbike as well as her stock Team Feel Like A Pro Kawasaki Ninja 400R.
As sponsored rider for Cycle Gear Racing (CGR), she regularly attends the monthly bike nights, performing parking lot drills for spectators and showing off her race bikes and gear. She promotes the products, businesses and people that have supported her growth.
In late 2019, she helped demonstrate drills, promote the program and instruct participants during the M1GP Rider Clinics at the annual Babe’s Ride Out event in Santa Margarita, California. She has displayed a willingness to take additional opportunities and develop herself as a rider coach.
Over the last two years, with her character, personality, and natural talent to race a motorcycle, she is steadily growing in recognizability as a fast and future champion, but more importantly a spokeswoman for motorcycle riding and road racing. She has already become an encouragement to other youth female and male motorcycle riders and their parents.
Although donations and any support is appreciated and welcomed, Jasmine will earn her way to success and doesn’t expect things for nothing.
So if you’re interested in supporting Team Panda, we have a few options for you to do so and get value and appreciation for your investment.