Out of the Blue | Ava Hanes | Schrader’s

By Jensen Amyotte

Presented by Schrader’s.

Name: Ava Hanes

Date of Birth: Feb 20, 2007

Hometown: Saskatoon, SK

School/grade or Occupation: Grade 7

Race Number: 113

Bike: 2018 KX85/100 in 2019 will be on a new YZ 125 for 2020

Race Club(s): Saskatoon Track and Trail, Saskatchewan Motorsports Association. 

Class(es): Ladies, 85cc and Supermini in 2019. Ladies and Junior MX2 in 2020.

This week we feature #113 Ava Hanes from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. | Tabs McCaffery photo

Who got you into the sport of motocross? 

My dad and his friend, Brett Bloski.

As a racer, are there any obstacles you feel a female racer has to deal with that maybe a male racer does not? 

More pressure when racing in the male dominated classes. 

Are you involved in any other sports or extracurricular activities?

Just started volleyball in off season this year. I snowboard and did Crossfit.

What is your favourite track/ kind of dirt to ride on and why? 

My favourite track is Madessa MX in Virden, MB. They had a really cool layout, but sand is my favourite track for type to race because it’s a lot of fun and you can go faster than you think you can and gain a lot of ability and skill in sand conditions.

Ava won the SMA Ladies Championship in 2019. | Jamie Hanes photo 

What event do you look forward to most every year? One you don’t ever want to miss? 

The Lethal Racing Motorsports Facility MRC 2-day event which is a battle with Alberta ADRA riders, along with my hometown MRC race is one I also never want to miss.

Who has been your biggest inspiration/hero on and off the track? 

Broc Shury. He is always there to support no matter how my race day is going and is always proud of me.

Did you achieve the goals you set for the 2019 race season? 

Yes. I had set my goals on winning SMA Ladies Championship and a top 5 over all in 85cc (7-11) which I won Ladies and was 5th overall in 85’s. 

What are your plans/goals for the 2020 race season?

Get on a my YZ125, get comfortable racing and getting faster on that and win Ladies again and a top 5 in Junior MX2 which will be hard but I will put my best into each race trying to meet that goal. 

What are your biggest accomplishments to date?

Traveling to Perris, California, to race the Swap Moto Mini Major bringing home 2nd overall in Ladies 85cc.

Ava went to California to race the Swap Moto Mini Major at Perris Raceway and finished 2nd in Ladies 85cc. | Tabs McCaffery photo

What is the biggest lesson that motocross racing/ off-road has taught you so far? 

When you fall you have to get up again and keep going. You cant let fear get in the way.

If you ever have children will you give them the option to race as well? 

Yes, I will although a very long time away. Haha

Who would you like to thank? 

Everyone who has helped me along the way: 

FFun Motorsports Saskatoon, Canadian Kawasaki, Recreation Supply, Broc Shury at Broc Shots MX Schools, Brent Shury at MX only, FXR Adrenaline Saskatoon, Done Right Drywall, Extreme Range outfitters, Ryno Power Canada, my Grandpa Garry, my mom and dad, of coarse, it wouldn’t happen each year without the continued dedication from them and my family.

She’ll move up to a 125 for 2020. Good luck, Ava. | Kasmine Dyck photo