Out of the Blue | Danielle Bechard | Schrader’s

By Jeff McConkey

Presented by Schrader’s.


Name: Danielle Bechard
Date of Birth: November 18, 1994
Hometown: Chatham, ON
School and Grade or Occupation: Winmar, Property Restoration
Number: 18
Bike: CR 125
Race Club: TVR, AMA
Class: Ladies

This week, we feature Chatham, ON racer, Danielle Bechard.

Who got you get started in racing?

My brother, Justin! He started racing in 2007, with Thames Valley Riders. I went to watch and knew it was something I wanted to try. I mean, what little sister doesn’t want to do everything their big brother does? The following year in 2008 I started racing on my RM 85 in Small Wheel Beginner.

As a little girl, were you a ‘girly girl,’ or a ‘tomboy?’

Honestly, that just depended on the day. If that makes any sense (Laughs). I had my days where all I wanted to do was play with Barbies and dress up like a princess, like any little girl. But, other days, I’d be playing in the mud with Tonka oys or down at the river fishing. We were always an outdoors family.

 

Is there one female out there that you think has paved the way for other girls to be successful in moto?

Jolene Van Vugt, for sure! 

As a racer, are there any obstacles that you feel a female racer has to deal with that maybe a male racer doesn’t?The only obstacle I feel female riders have to deal with over a male is with our height (Laughs). I have always been short and using blocks or dirt piles off the line since 2010. Most females know this struggle.

Who do you like racing against better, the girls or boys?

I love racing against other girls, mostly because I know them all so we always have fun battling with each other. But I also love lining up with the boys and giving them a run for their money. I find they are a little more aggressive than the females.

“My biggest accomplishment to date is still Walton ANQ in 2013. That’s the first time ever I finally hit the natural double.” | Photo supplied

Who is your favourite female rider and why?

Again I’d have to go with Jolene!  Since I first  got into motocross I have always looked up to her.  Whether it’s on the track racing, off the track doing freestyle, or just out doing some crazy insane stunt she is always killing it!  No matter what she always has a positive attitude and, like I always say, she has shown us that girls can do anything guys can do. But better!

Is there a racer you look up to and why?

I have always been a (Ryan) Dungey fan, but really look up to (Eli) Tomac! Eli is a very talented and skilled rider. He is always determined to do well and when he gets knocked down gets right back up. He’s not bad looking either (Laughs).

Do you have a “can’t miss” race or event that you try to attend every season?

I’ve always loved going to Walton TransCan and Baja Brawl or Monster Mash. Always such a fun time at any of them and great racing!

Who is your hero?

Hmm, I can’t say I have one. Is that weird?

Danielle’s favourite rider is Jolene Van Vugt, but we’re sure Bill Sr. is a close second. | Photo supplied

What are your plans and goals for the 2019 season?

I don’t really have any big plans or goals for 2019. I’d really just like to get back out on the bike more! I really miss being at the track every weekend racing and seeing all my old moto friends.

What are your biggest accomplishments to date?

My biggest accomplishment to date is still Walton ANQ in 2013. That’s the first time ever I finally hit the natural double. For years, like many others, I was terrified to hit it. Unfortunately, that race I had a bad start, I figured since I was in last place I may as well give it a go!

What is the biggest lesson that racing motocross has taught you so far?

Never give up!! You will get knocked down, have some bad motos and bad crashes. I’ve broken my foot and my wrist while racing and it’s never stopped me from getting back on the bike. Keep your head up and stay positive.

Most female racers leave the sport much earlier then male racers. Why do you think that is?

I feel there is more offered for male racers than females, unfortunately.  Also, over the years I have noticed when females become new mothers obviously they stop racing but a lot don’t get back into it.

Watch for Danielle to be at more races in 2019. | Photo submitted

Do you think it is possible for us to ever see a female Supercross champion?

Yes! There are so many talented female riders and with the right push and support I think a female could win a Supercross championship!

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

Absolutely! I don’t have any children of my own, yet, but I do have two nieces (Haidyn and Olivia) and I can not wait to get them on a bike riding! I think it’s the cutest thing ever watching all the little ones out on the track.

Who do you want to thank?

I’d like to thank my family who has always stood by my side and supported me with racing! As well as all my amazing friends who have helped and encouraged me to keep doing what I love!