Out of the Blue | Abbey Fewer | Presented by Schrader’s

By Jeff McConkey

‘Out of the Blue’ is brought to you by Schrader’s.

Name: Abbey Fewer

Birthday: September 14th, 2000

Hometown: Holyrood, Newfoundland

School and Grade: Roncalli Central High, Grade 11

Number: 71

Bike: 2012 Honda CRF250

Class: Ladies

This week, we get to know Newfoundland rider, #71 Abbey Fewer, a little better | NLDivisonX Sports Photography photo

How did you get started in racing?

I had watched my brother, Jack (Fewer), and my cousins, Joseph (Moore) and Luke Moore, race before me at Riverview Motocross and I felt that I needed to try and at least learn how to ride a bike. So, one day just out of the blue I told my dad that I wanted to have a bike, and that exact day we bought my first bike, a Suzuki DRZ125. I got my first bike in 2014, and since then I have gone from a Honda CRF150r to my current CRF250, so my passion to ride and race has quickly grown throughout the 4 years.

As a little girl, did you ever expect to be this deep into a sport like motocross?

Growing up, I had a little quad that I’d ride around the yard and my cousins had 50cc pit bikes, so I grew up being around bikes but they never did peak my interest. I never would have imagined that I would have the passion for the sport like I do today.

Do you think motocross is harder for a female to compete in?

When I first started riding, I definitely felt that it was a very male-dominated sport and that thought sort of intimidated me. But watching the other girls race and practice, and after researching the sport and finding all these other ladies that are involved with it, I felt that females can compete just as males can in Motocross.

Abbey has always admired Hannah Hodges for showing her how fast women riders could be. | NLDivisonX Sports Photography photo

Who is your favourite rider and why?

My favourite rider would have to be Ken Roczen. I love his riding style and how smooth his riding is. Although his recent crash has set him back, I’m excited to see him riding again after his recovery time.

Is there one lady racer out there that you think has paved the way for other girls to be successful in the sport?

I’ve always admired Hannah Hodges. She’s had a very successful motocross career, with being one of the only females competing in the Monster Energy Cup. She shows other girls, including myself, that by putting in long hours of practice and a lot of determination, your riding can improve.

What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?

I’d have to say Jeremy Medaglia. I love how smooth and consistent his riding is!

What is your favourite track and why?

The only motocross track in Newfoundland is Riverview Motocross, so it’s been the only track I’ve ridden on. The track becomes almost like a home to me during the summer. I love it because everybody knows each other and we all practice together and help each other out, so it just makes riding at the track that much more fun!

Abbey won the 2015 ‘Most Improved Rider’ award’ at the 2015 Riverview Motocross banquet. | NLDivisionX Sports Photography photo

Who is your hero?

I wouldn’t be able to pick just one person as my hero because I feel that my parents are both my heroes. They helped me grow to become the rider I am today and pushed me towards trying out motocross. So, without them I never would of had the opportunity or confidence to be involved in this sport.

What are your goals for this season?

I really want to focus on improving my starts and getting faster in corners.

What are your biggest accomplishments?

My biggest accomplishments have been receiving ‘Most Improved Rider’ at the 2015 Riverview Motocross banquet, and this year at the banquet I received 2nd overall in the Ladies class, and also was honored to receive the ‘Buy and Sell’ cup.

What is your favourite part about going to the races?

My favourite part is probably the feeling you get sitting behind the gates. I know that some people can’t stand that part, but I love the anticipation you get for the board to turn and the gates to drop. I also like how it’s just you and the bike, nothing else, just you getting your mind set on the race.

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

I like going camping with my family and friends and relaxing in the summer, and during the winter I play basketball and spend time with friends.

Is it important to have a motocross racer as a boyfriend/partner, or just a bonus?

I find it’s great having someone that you can share your interest in the sport with and to be there for you at the races. It’s also a major bonus to have some help with bike.

Goals for this season? “I really want to focus on improving my starts and getting faster in corners.” | NLDivisionX Sports Photography photo

If you ever have children, will they be motocross racers ?

I would definitely want my children to at least try out riding. I’d love to see them race, but I mean, racing’s not for everyone. It would be nice to be able to teach them all about the sport and be able to pass on my experiences from racing

Who do you want to thank?

There are so many people I’d like to thank for helping me become the rider I am today. I’d like to thank my parents for giving me the opportunity to race, and for supporting me with my racing. Also, I’d like to thank my Uncle James for being a major help to everyone at the track and my Aunt Lori and Nan for basically being the family cheerleaders at the races, and my cousins, Joseph and Luke, and brother Jack for getting me interested in racing. My boyfriend, Mitchell, for being a big help with bike maintenance and for also coming out and supporting me at my races. Also, a big thanks to NLDivisonX Sports Photography for the sponsor in the upcoming racing season. Lastly, I’d like to thank all the people at Riverview Motocross who have supported me since I first started riding there and have helped me improve to be where I am today.