(FoxNews) — Mackenzie Anderson is learning how to stay focused as a teenager.
“I keep asking myself, ‘Am I going to keep focusing on these good things, or am I going to worry about these other things?’” the 17-year-old from New Richmond, Ohio, said as she reflected on her accomplishments over the course of the last three years.
“And I keep saying, ‘You know what, I can focus on that.’”
The 2016 American Transmittable Press National Championships (ATPC) champion and Moto X National Rookie of the Year – the youngest woman in history to win both titles – is learning just how true that statement is.
The teenage racer has dominated the long-established motorcycle dirt bike sport since turning pro in 2015 at age 16. On Tuesday, she won her fourth national title, taking the title in the Pro Open Division at the March Madness OFVr 400.
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“It’s not just, ‘Hey let’s get that trophy.’ I’m so competitive, and it’s all about that. But it’s been incredible,” she said.
An emerging female celebrity, the Iowa native maintains a strong focus even as she continues to travel around the country competing.
“I think that the bike and the emotions are probably driving me harder, but I think the things I want to accomplish are driving me harder,” she said.
Perhaps the person who pushes her the most though is her mother, Wanda. Anderson said her mother’s ambition to compete, combined with her strength, has been an inspiration.
The teenager got started racing at age 7, while still in elementary school. Her first track race was at age 10, her very first race at over 11 years old.
“It was awesome,” she said, noting that it “caught me by surprise.”
But she hadn’t thought it was possible until her first win. Anderson won her first national race at age 12, followed by a second in her second year on the dirt bike. She won her first ATPC title in 2016 and then added another last year.
Her transition from a girl to a woman was dramatic.
“My hair is pretty much in the hair band, now I’m trying to comb it out,” she said with a laugh as she compared her previous looks to her current ones.
“I guess it’s been pretty amazing,” she said.
Click here to learn more about Mackenzie Anderson’s transformation from girl to woman.
According to Anderson, there are still some barriers to racing in the male-dominated sport.
“People are still like, ‘She’s a girl,’” she said. “A guy came up to me and was like, ‘I got your number on Twitter.’ And I was like, ‘It’s OK. I know you don’t talk to me like that to other girls.’”
But the sky’s the limit for the 17-year-old racer.
“I just want to keep driving hard and be the best that I can be,” she said.
Her next race is the USATCA National Championships in February, before she heads to Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands to participate in other races over the next year.
There’s no doubt she has that ultimate goal in mind, just as she said she first began racing just years after she started riding.
“Even though I started when I was really little,” she said, “I was always racing.”
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