Out of the Blue: Emilie Guimont
By Jeff McConkey
Name: Emilie Guimont
Birthday: May 20th, 1991
Hometown: Saint-François de la Rivière du Sud, QC
School & Grade or Occupation: I’m at school, I’m studying to be a technician in civil engineering at Cegep Limoilou. I work as a barmaid in a bar restaurant and during the summer I work for a Engineering firm.
Bike: Yz 250f
Race Club: SXQC Arénacross
Classes: Dame open / Intermédiaire
How did you get started in racing?
I started racing in Montmagny in 2012. I bought a CRF 150 and was so excited to know the feeling that we get during racing. It was my dream since the age of fourteen but before my bike was too old to race.
As a little girl, did you ever expect to be this deep into a sport like motocross?
Yes, I had one of my friends who was in the Pro’s category and I think it was him who inspired me.
Do you think motocross is harder for a female to compete in?
Sure. You have to be strong and to always push your limit. I’m a little bit too small for my bike but pride helped me solve this problem (Laughs)! Also, girls tend to have a better teamwork attitude than boys do.
Who is your favourite rider and why?
The Stewart brother’s. I think they have to fight to do what they want and I think it’s amazing to see how two brothers can compete for the same thing and still be accomplices in their work.
Is there one lady racer out there that you think has paved the way for other girls to be successful in the sport?
No. It’s a passion that just came unexpectedly and there wasn’t really someone who paved the way for me, personally.
What is your favourite track and why?
Since I did a lots of Arenacross, I would say I really liked those because they were always different and hard because of the small amount of space. This year, I would love to do longer tracks.
Who is your hero?
For me, true heroes are those who still get on their bikes and compete even if they have been injured in the past.
What are your goals for this season?
Just to have fun and do the race that I can. I don’t want to be hurt after a race, because I have to work all summer long to pay my house and school will come fast.
What are your biggest accomplishments? My biggest accomplishment in my life was the purchase of my house. I know that I can’t do motocross like the other years but it’s okay. When the school is done, I’ll probably do all the races like I did 2 years ago and maybe get in the top 3.
What is your favourite part about going to the races?
The people at the races are like family. Even if you go to a race as a lonely girl there is always someone who’ll help you if you have a problem or just to give you some tricks on your bike.
What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?
When I don’t do races or practices and I don’t work, I love going out with my friends and taking care of my home. But I also like relaxing on the weekend.
Is it important to have a motocross racer as a boyfriend/husband, or just a bonus?
I think it’s easier to be with someone who likes motocross because when you have the same passion you understand the other and you can spend time with him doing the same sport. Since I don’t have plenty of my time for my passion, it would be even harder to see my boyfriend at the same time.
If you ever have children, will they be motocross racers?
Sure, but they have to like it. I’ll never push my children to like my passion. My parents never understood why I wanted to spend
my time in this sport but they support me in my project anyway.
Who do you want to thank?
I want to thank my parents first, because they helped me everyday of my life and my three news sponsors: MDM Publicité, Déplacement de Bâtiment, Les Immeubles Roger Blanchet. It’s very appreciated. They offered me their help without asking me to go to.