On the Radar | Ethan Stevenson | Scott Sports Canada

By Jeff McConkey

Presented by Scott Sports Canada.

Name:  Ethan Vance Jacob Stevenson

Age: 18

Hometown: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

School and Grade or Occupation: Homeschooled

Number: 418

Bike: 2018 Honda CRF 250R / 450R

Race Club or Series: All depends on where I am training….. My heart belongs in Oklahoma.

Classes: 250 B & 450 B

This week, Ethan Stevenson from Oshawa, Ontario, is ‘On the Radar.’ | Melanie Stevenson photo

How did you get started in racing and riding?

My dad was a Factory Mechanic for Honda Canada in the Canadian Superbike race series back in the day.

I grew up at the race track and around motorcycles, so it was inevitable that I would be racing something on two wheels. Motocross caught my eye at a young age and I was hooked. My dad bought me a bike as soon as he could, and I’ve been riding  ever since.

I started racing later than most as financially at the time we couldn’t afford it. My dad also was cautious and wanted to ensure I had the drive and work ethic to commit to racing before investing in the sport.

My determination and perseverance won him over in 2011. Since then, I have been giving racing my all; my blood, sweat and tears and it’s worth every moment.

What is your favourite track and why?

My favourite track has to be Red Bud. There is always a big turnout and the track gets rough which creates good racing. I’ve had some great races at Red Bud and I have lots of memories there. I’m excited to go back!

Ethan has been getting advice from Trey Canard. | Jessie King photo

Who is your favourite rider and why?

My favourite rider is definitely my buddy, Trey Canard. He always has my back and gives me great advice. He keeps me grounded and reminds me that anything is possible through Christ.

Yes, it’s true he is retired but he’s the fastest rider on the planet, in my opinion…… until I give him the beans. I’m coming for you, Trey.

What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?

I would say I look up to Colton Facciotti the most. I really enjoy watching Colton ride. He is super-smooth and always consistent. He races clean and gets the job done. Consistency wins championships.

Who is your hero?

My dad. He’s a work horse, he works dusk till dawn 7 days a week just to get me to the races. Gonna be making my dad proud this season.

What are your goals for next season, and what is it going to take to reach them?

I’ve stayed off the radar for a long time. I have spent that time training and focusing on myself and most importantly keeping my faith in God.

I have put in a lot of hard work coming into the 2019 season. I am excited to demonstrate where countless hours of hard work can take you.

“Chasing after the results I want is very fulfilling. I enjoy the journey just as much as I do the results.” | Jessie King photo

What are your biggest accomplishments?

I used to connect  “success” and “accomplishments” to things like championships, money, fame etc. However, after going through a lot of struggles this past 2 years I look at accomplishments and success in a different way. I consider bettering myself, helping others, and leading them to a happier and healthy life the biggest accomplishment there is.

Yes, I train, ride, and race, however, nothing comes before putting God first. He is the most important ingredient of success. You will never see a U-Haul behind a hearse.

What is your favourite part about going to the races?

My favourite part about going to the races is definitely the anticipation. When I put in all the work it creates excitement knowing I can run out front. Chasing after the results I want is very fulfilling. I enjoy the journey just as much as I do the results.

Watch for Ethan in 2019. He’s coming in hot! | Melanie Stevenson photo

What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?

I really enjoy spending time with my friends, whether we are just hanging out or at church. When I’m not racing, I am still always on something with 2 wheels. I spend a lot of time at the gym putting in the work to better myself.

Who would you like to thank?

I’d like to thank my mom & dad, my sister, my beautiful girlfriend, my family and friends. Without them I wouldn’t be who I am today. I would  also like to thank Precision Cycle Works, Works Connection, Factory Connection, Möbius, Importations Thibault, Mike’s Transmission, Swift Hoist Services, Chiropractic Wellness and Rehabilitation, Mark Rainford Auto Centre, PanicRev, 365 and everyone at More Than Moto; they keep me striving for greatness and remind me that no matter the situation you are in you can overcome it through Christ.