Out of the Blue | LeNeysa McPherson | Schrader’s

By Jeff McConkey

Presented by Schrader’s.

Name: LeNeysa McPherson
Date of Birth: January 29th
Hometown: Alvinstion, ON
School and Grade or Occupation: L.C.C.V.I, grade 11, student
Number: #666
Bike: 2004 CR125 HONDA and 2005 CRF250 HONDA
Race Club: Thames Valley Riders
Class: Ladies A and MX D

This week, we feature #666 LeNeysa McPherson from Alvinston, Ontario. | Photo supplied

Who got you get started in racing?

My older brother, Dylin McPherson.

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

Tomboy all they way. I was always riding four-wheelers, pit bikes and doing silly stunts with my brother!

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

Yes, Ashley Fiolek has always had an impact on me since I started racing.

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

When I started racing at age 10, I was always told by boys that I was slow, couldn’t do it and would never be fast. Those words gave me motivation to be faster and work harder to be better and the best I could be. I feel every lady out there has the ability and stamina to be just as good as any male rider out there.

“Don’t ever let someone talk you down. Become better for yourself. There will be people who will try to make you feel like you can’t ever be good enough but that’s when you prove them wrong and do the best that you can.”

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

I enjoy racing with both. The boys a little bit more because it’s sometimes more competitive and aggressive. When I race with the boys, they treat me as an equal on the track and always push me to my limits and make me ride harder. I’m not saying that some girls haven’t pushed me to my limits, but boys definitely give me a good race!

Who is your favourite female rider and why?

Ashley Fiolek will always be one of my favourites for her dedication towards the sport.

Is there a racer you look up to and why?

Breanna Rose has been one of the girls I’ve talked to! She’s always there to support me and help train whenever I need it. She’s such a good person and rider all in one.

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

One of my favourite events to attend is the MotoCup hosted at Motopark. It’s always fun to go and meet new girl racers and make new friends.

LeNeysa had a hard crash in 2017 and is happy to be getting back to herself on the track again. | Photo supplied

Who is your hero?

My older brother, Dylin, has definitely always been there for me. I wouldn’t be where I am today in racing if it wasn’t for him. He’s always pushing me to do stuff he knows I can do. I’d call that a hero.

What are your plans and goals for the 2019 season?

One of the biggest things for me this race season is staying injury free and working out daily. Will hopefully be training lots for Walton TransCan hoping to maybe catch a podium position.

What are your biggest accomplishments to date?

In 2017 I got into a bad crash and ended up with a severe concussion. Taking a couple months off to recover, I got the doctor’s okay to race again. Haven’t been the same since then, always a bit scared to go off the line. With lots of dedication and practice I finally started getting back to myself. Been gaining more speed, keeping in shape and slowly progressing to be better. In the end of 2018 I was top 10 in the class I previously got my concussion in.

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

Don’t ever let someone talk you down. Become better for yourself. There will be people who will try to make you feel like you can’t ever be good enough but that’s when you prove them wrong and do the best that you can.

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

Depends on the person, might not be there sport or might just do it for fun.

In 2019, watch for LeNeysa at the Motopark MotoCup races and the Walton TransCan. | Photo supplied

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

I always think it’s possible. Hopefully one day I can go watch and support the lady who makes it. Maybe one day I’ll be up there.

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

Oh for sure!! The day they start walking hopefully!!

Who do you want to thank?

Would love to thank all my friends at the track who cheer me on, my brother for always coming to the line with me and giving me advice before my motos, my mom and dad for always supporting me and spending all there time bringing me to the tracks.