Out of the Blue: Isabelle Thibault|Presented by Schrader Motors

By Jeff McConkey


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

Name: Isabelle Thibault

Birthday: April 1st, 1999

Hometown: Victoriaville, Qc

School & Grade: Student

Number: 192

Bike: 2015 Yamaha 250f

Classes: Women’s A

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In this week’s ‘Out of the Blue’ column, we chat with Victoriaville, Quebec, rider, #192 Isabelle Thibault. – Photo supplied with permission by Thibault

How did you get started in racing?
In 2005, my step-father bought a Suzuki 250 and shortly after he bought a 50PW for me.

As a little girl, did you ever expect to be this deep into a sport like motocross?
I do not really know, but when I was little girl I [out-jumped] the other girls and even the boys.

Do you think motocross is harder for a female to compete in?
It’s easy to [mix it] up with the boys but for example it is difficult to find big sponsors. And I rarely see a girl on a big team.

Is there one lady racer out there that you think has paved the way for other girls to be successful in the sport?
I think there are more lady riders than ever so it’s motivating to push my limits further.

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Even as a little girl, Isabelle always “out-jumped the other girls and even the boys.” – Photo supplied with permission by Thibault

Who is your favourite rider and why?
It’s certainly Chad Reed because he is a multi-time Supercross and Motocross champion and I love his style .

What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?
Dylan Wright because he is a young rider and I think he can win the MX2 class for 2016 .

What is your favourite track and why?
Ulverton because this track is incredible with [the hills].

Who is your hero?
My step-father because he always supports me. He is the best coach and it allows me to practice motocross.

What are your goals for this season?
Top 3 in Québec and maybe make the Women’s Canadian Nationals.

What are your biggest accomplishments?
In 2014, I finished 2nd in Ulverton.

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For 2016, Isabelle hopes for a top 3 in Quebec and to maybe hit a Women’s East National or two. – Photo supplied with permission by Thibault

What is your favourite part about going to the races?
It’s not preparing the trailer! It’s more when the races start.
What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?
I love spending time with my family or playing other sports.

Is it important to have a motocross racer as a boyfriend/partner, or just a bonus?
It is not necessary but it is [nice to] share the same passion.

If you ever have children, will they be motocross racers?
If they want, yes, but I’ll never force them to love this sport.

Who do you want to thank?
My family: my mom, my dad and specially my step-father.