Out of the Blue | Jessica Gaudreault | Schrader’s
By Jeff McConkey
Name: Jessica Gaudreault
Date of Birth: September 7, 1990
Hometown: Dolbeau-Mistassini, QC
School and Grade or Occupation: Technician in aesthetic automotive
Bike: 2017 KTM sxf 250
Race Club: Challenge Quebec , SLSJ (régional)
Class: Women C , Women
This week, we feature #713 Jessica Gaudreault | GF Photographie Photo
Who got you get started in racing?
I have always done motorized sports (vtt, motocross, road bike). After having practiced, Motocross is the one that makes me feel good when I’m riding.
As a little girl, were you a ‘girly girl’ or a ‘tomboy?’
100 % tomboy. When I was little I was the kind of sports girl and want to learn or try to repair machines with tools. (laughs)
Is there one female out there that you think has paved the way for other girls to be successful in moto?
In my opinion, I think every girl who goes up, helps each other and pushes herself. In addition, I think we can be inspired by a runner whose Eve Brodeur with her course.
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 would not say an obstacle, but I think we women, for example, it is less easy to control our motocross because we do not have the same strength as men.
Jessica (right) admires Tim Tremblay and Kaven Benoit. | Challenge Quebec photo
Who do you like racing against better, the girls or boys?
The girls, because I’m not fast enough. ( laughs)
Who is your favourite female rider and why?
I do not have a favourite [rider] because I have a great respect for each girl, but to name a few, Eve Brodeur, Sarah-Kim Villeneuve, their journey through the years inspires me a lot.
Is there a racer you look up to and why?
Yes, there are two riders I admire. Since very young I like to follow the course of Tim Tremblay and Kaven Benoit. Tim, who we are from the same region, for his perseverance and see how it is possible to achieve the goals that we set. Kaven, by his determination to succeed in every race, every championship.
Do you have a “can’t miss” race, or event that you try to attend every season?
I would say Desbiens, Challenge Quebec because even though it’s a local breed, it’s always the one we enjoy the most because it’s right next to my home and we always have a family and friends group who come watch us go up.
Who is your hero?
Can not name just one, my parents, my friends and my partner. With all the support I get from them at every race, I can not ask for better.
What are your plans and goals for the 2019 season?
For 2019, I intend to do the regional championship (slsj) plus about 2 to 3 races of the Quebec Challenge. In my region, my goal is to finish in the top 3 women and the 2-3 provincial races, finish as high as possible in the class while gaining experience.
“The biggest lesson I learned in motocross is self-control.” | Ruelland Photographie photo
What are your biggest accomplishments to date?
I finished in 2018 my third year of competition, of which I am the proudest this year. It is there that I finished third of the class C women of a challenge Quebec of my area, with friends and the family who came to see my partner and me.
What is the biggest lesson that racing motocross has taught you so far?
The biggest lesson I learned in motocross is self-control. Manage stress before the race, during, we avoid making mistakes and it pushes us to never give up.
Most female racers leave the sport much earlier then male racers. Why do you think that is?
I believe that some are due to the financial situation, some to pregnancy and others to loss of interest in the sport. Everyone has their own reasons.
Do you think it is possible for us to ever see a female Supercross champion?
Maybe not a champion because, we will say what we want, it’s a male sport, but I really think that some girls will be able to make key events and succeed.
Watch for Jessica at the Quebec Provincials in 2019. | Eric Martin Photographie Photo
If you ever have children, will they be motocross racers?
Only if they want it. I will never force them to do a sport they do not want, but if they want, I’ll be happy to show them.
Who do you want to thank?
I want to thank the sponsors, my partner, my friends, my parents for their support.