Out of the Blue | Frédérique Boulet | Schrader’s

By Jeff McConkey

Presented by Schrader’s.


Name: Frédérique Boulet
Date of Birth: 19 February, 1993
Hometown: Montmagny, Québec
School and Grade or Occupation: Master degree in project management
Number: 194
Bike: Suzuki RMZ-250
Race Club: SXQC Arenacross Tour
Class: Female Open

This week, we feature Quebec racer, #194 Frédérique Boulet.

Who got you get started in racing?

I had friends that was racing for years and I think they got me into it. I mean I was going to the races anyway, but I knew I wanted to get on the gate one day. It just happened like that.

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

A little bit of both, I think, but I wasn’t much into girl stuff. I was more playing with my brother.

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

I don’t think it is only one female. There are many girls that showed to the world that girls can be as good as anyone on a dirt bike.

As a racer, are there any obstacles that you feel a female racer has to deal with, that maybe a male racer doesn’t?

I think it is harder to prove your worth as a female. People are more watching how boys are doing than
girls.

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

Girls. I’m not strong enough to compete with the boys (maybe some of them tho). It is also nice to see
how far I can go through all the girls on the gates. It also makes me compete with myself every time,
because I want to get them the next time. I also like the ambiance between the girls on the gate. It is nice
to see them as competitors on the gate and as friends everywhere else.

Who is your favorite female rider and why?

My favorite is still Eve Brodeur. She is just the one I follow and take as a model. I like her vibe and how
she interacts with everyone in the moto world. She has her feet on the ground and I’m impressed by that.
Also, obviously, she is so good.

Frédérique battles a fear of heights, so Motocross has some additional built-in hurdles for her.

Is there a racer you look up to and why?

Ken Roczen is a masterpiece of this sport. I think he is invincible to me. Kidding, I know he is not, but I
mean he is always back no matter what. He is a model of strength and determination. He inspires me on
my bike and in my life in general. We cannot let anything put us down without getting back on our feet.
You rock it, Ken!

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

Not really, I’m a busy girl. I’ve got many jobs and university takes a lot of my time. I got that nerd tag on. I’m doing the races I can when I can. I really enjoy racing, but it can’t be my priority right now. Perhaps, I love to race at my favorite track when there’s a race there. 911 X-Park for the win!

Who is your hero?

I don’t know. I would say Ken Roczen for the reasons I said to answer another question, but I also really
like all the Marvel Characters. They are heroes right? The term «hero» seems just a little too much for me.
I’m impressed by many people, but wouldn’t call them heroes.

What are your plans and goals for the 2018 season?

Nothing else than getting better every day. Also, I hope that I will stay away from any injury. If this happen,
I will be the happiest girl.

What are your biggest accomplishments to date?

I’m scared of heights, so I would say that every jump and every double are an accomplishment to me. It
takes me determination to open up the throttle.

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

So many life lessons, I mean, it makes you realize how powerful you are at some point. I didn’t know that I
could get where I am when I started. It makes you push yourself and go over every limits you thought you
would never pass. Racing motocross is a V.I.P pass to get out of your comfort zone.

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

First, it is harder for females to get a career out of it. There’s not as much opportunities for females than
males. Also, females have babies and grow families. Between all of that, females quit riding and males
don’t need to quit.

She just hopes to keep getting faster and stay healthy in 2018.

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

It is hard to tell. It would be amazing, but I don’t think we are there yet. The opportunities are still low for a
female to get there.

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

I would love that, but I think they can do whatever they want as long as they are happy with it. I like to
think that a sport changes you, but you have to really be passionate about it. So, I just hope they will be
into it, but I’m OK with the fact that they maybe won’t.

Who do you want to thank?

Everyone that pushes me to get better. Every sponsors that have my back: Groupe Satir Productions, Aliments Mont-Bec, Thibault GM, L’Hôtel L’Oiselière, PanicRev, Addikt Graphics, René Samson Inc., Alignement Brochu et Fils, Go Fast.