Out of the Blue | Madison Carr | Presented by Schrader’s
By Jeff McConkey
Name: Madison Carr
Birthday: May 17, 1997
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
School and Grade or Occupation: I am taking a couple years off school to find myself and what I really want to start my career in. As of now, I am a Department Head in the Lammle’s Western Wear Warehouse.
Bike: Yamaha YZ 85
Race Club: WRMA
How did you get started in racing?
I first began riding dirt bikes about 3 years ago. At first, I would only ever go trail riding down at McLean Creek and Indian graves. Then about a year ago I was introduced to the Wild Rose MX track located in Calgary, Alberta. From then on I’ve been going all the time; I fell in love with the track. The last 6 months I have been really trying to improve my riding. I have come so far and gained so many new skills. I love the adrenaline rush you get and the feeling when you accomplish something you have been pushing yourself to do. Riding makes me happy, it’s a feeling you just can’t explain.
As a little girl, did you ever expect to be this deep into a sport like motocross?
I never had any interest in dirt bikes as a little girl. I never really got introduced to them or the sport until 3 years ago. I can definitely say I never expected to grow to have such a passion for the sport.
Do you think motocross is harder for a female to compete in?
I believe a girl can do anything a guy can if she really puts her mind to it! We are no less!
Who is your favourite rider and why?
Is there one lady racer out there that you think has paved the way for other girls to be successful in the sport?
One of the ladies I have recently raced with in my very first races was Danika White. Danika cheers on all of the riders and gives off such good vibes to the ladies. She boosts everyone’s confidence in their abilities to be successful with their riding.
What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?
I look up to 3 local pros from Calgary because I get to watch them race and ride all the time! Jared Petruska, Cody Matechuck, and Keylan Meston. I love watching them on the track, throwing nasty whips!
What is your favourite track and why?
I haven’t been able to ride too many tracks since I have been riding. So, I would have to say Wild Rose MX is my favourite as of now!
Who is your hero?
My hero is mom! She is an amazing woman. Not only is she my mother, she is my best friend. I can always count on her to support me in any situation. She is so loving and always puts her family first before anything else. I look up to her as my hero and role model every day!
What are your goals for this season?
My goals for this season is to improve on proper form and clearing a few of the jumps at the Wild Rose MX track! I have got one down, couple more to go! I want to keep improving myself so next year I will be more confident in the races and be able to enter more of the series.
What are your biggest accomplishments?
I would have to say my biggest accomplishments are overcoming my fear of racing! My boyfriend really wanted me to compete in the WRMA Spring Series held at the Wild Rose MX track. He wanted me to get a feel for racing, I was very nervous. Justin helped me prepare and trained me as much as he could before the races. He has taught me so much. The last 6 months I have progressed so much in my riding thanks to him! I overcame my fear and entered the races, I had a great experience!
What is your favourite part about going to the races?
I have only done a couple of races but I can definitely say my favourite parts are the butterflies you have at the start gates and the adrenaline rush you get in the action. However, I think the best part of the races were how many ladies came out as well as how supportive they all were towards each other. They made everyone feel welcomed and made it such a fun experience! As well, aside from the racing, overall it’s amazing seeing how the sport brings so many families together!
What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?
When I am not riding you can find me at the dog park taking my dog for a walk, or sometimes at home working on my art! I love to paint and sketch. I also love to go camping and bringing the bikes of course.
Is it important to have a motocross racer as a boyfriend/partner, or just a bonus?
I believe it is just a bonus to have your significant other with the same interests as you in motocross. However, it is always important to have a supportive boyfriend/husband. My boyfriend rides and races, he supports me and helps train me! He is always giving me pointers and helping me become a better rider. It really is an amazing feeling having someone who loves something just as much as you do!
If you ever have children, will they be motocross racers ?
If I have children they will definitely be motocross racers and lovers. They will grow up around the sport and will learn to love it too. They will be riding as soon as they can walk!
Who do you want to thank?
I want to thank my amazing mom and dad for being supportive with my riding! She loves to see how much passion I have for motocross. I would also like to thank my boyfriend, Justin Shorten. He has taught me just about everything I know. He was patient and trained me to progress to be the rider I am today, always giving me pointers and making me feel really good about my riding.