Out of the Blue | Jessyka Mathieu | Schrader’s

By Jeff McConkey

Presented by Schrader’s.

Name: Jessyka Mathieu
Date of Birth: May 29th, 1991
Hometown: Matane, Quebec, but currently live in Lewiston, Maine
School and Grade or Occupation: Bartender
Number: 52
Bike: 2019 Husqvarna FC250
Race Club: NESC, AMA, SXQC
Class: Women, 25+, C

This week we feature #52 Jessyka Mathieu who now calls Lewiston, Maine, home. | Photo supplied

Who got you get started in racing?

My husband, Andy Mathieu, got me an old RM125 2 years ago so I can try it. I had no interest in riding motocross. I loved the sport but I had a lot of injuries snowboarding when I was younger and didn’t want to ride. Now I couldn’t imagine my living without riding.

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

I must say I was very girly and still am but I’m not scared to get dirty. I was always hanging out with the boys, rode skateboard, snowboard and was always down to try dumb stuff (Laughs).

Jessyka got a bike 2 years ago and hasn’t looked back since. | Jenny Webber photo

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

Jordan Jarvis. She is an incredible racer, she has her pro motocross license and is working on getting her Supercross as well. I can’t wait to see how she will do. She is an amazing role model to young girls at the track and hope she will succeed against the guys.

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 biggest thing for me is having the physical strength needed to ride faster. It’s also hard to get full gates of women at the races so sometimes it’s hard to find the right races to attend.

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

Both really challenge me, but I would say the girls. We have some really fast girls in New England and lining up next to them just motivates me to get faster and better. I’m always happy to beat some guys though.

Who is your favorite female rider and why?

Eve Brodeur inspires me. She has won titles at such a young age and see her keep living her dream, racing in Canada and the US while going to school is pure commitment and I only have admiration for her. I believe she can and will inspire a lot of young woman in perusing their dreams on and off the track.

Is there a racer you look up to and why?

I know it might sound cheesy but I look up to Andy Mathieu a lot. He has been racing for over 30 years, I trust him when he tells me to do something. He has an amazingly smooth riding style, he did everything from motocross to supercross to arenacross to GNCC and raced all over the globe. He always tries to push me on and off the bike to be better and stronger.

Although she doesn’t have a hero, she is inspired by Eve Broduer. | Jenny Webber photo

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

RacerX Maine Event at MX207 in Maine, Daytona Supercross and my hometown local race in Matane, Quebec.

Who is your hero?

I don’t really have a hero.

What are your plans and goals for the 2019 season?

I plan on winning races this year! Besides that, I’d like to try to stay as healthy as possible.

What are your biggest accomplishments to date?

This year will only be my 2nd year of racing so already having a few podiums under my belt just has me fired up for what’s next.

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

Motocross is not easy, you have to work hard to get the results you want.

Watch for Jessyka in 2019 as she continues to improve and go for wins. | Paul Buckley photo

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

There is not enough support for female racers and it can be tough to compete with all the levels of girls together; the C level girls race against the A level and that can be really challenging.

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

If they ever have a WMX Supercross class, yes, but against the boys, not a chance.

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

Well, I already have an 8 year old boy that enjoys riding his bike in the backyard but has no interest in racing. Maybe it will change once he gets older but I’m not going to push him into doing something he doesn’t want to do.

Who do you want to thank?

Andy Mathieu @ArtWorx suspension and EJP Racing.