Out of the Blue | Mikaila Beach | Presented by Schrader’s
By Jeff McConkey
Name: Mikaila Beach
Birthday: April 11th 1997
Hometown: Baden, Ontario
School and Grade: Nursing student at Fanshawe College
Bike: Honda CRF250
Race Club: AMO, TVR & CMRC Women’s Nationals
Classes: Ladies A and Junior
How did you get started in racing?
I didn’t start riding dirt bikes until I was in grade 7. My dad had a friend whose family was into racing so he bought my brother and I a 65 to try it out and we both loved it. He took us to a local practice track a handful of times and then from there we raced every weekend.
As a little girl, did you ever expect to be this deep into a sport like motocross?
Definitely not. If you asked me what motocross was back then I would have had no idea what you were talking about. I tried a lot of different sports but once I got into motocross I never looked back.
Do you think motocross is harder for a female to compete in?
Support-wise, maybe. There are less lady racers which makes it harder to put a good series on and have a full gate but no, I don’t think it’s harder to compete in. There is always a ladies class and I think it’s awesome they have a ladies A and B class now. I wish there was a B class when I started! There are always the other classes to choose from as well. I love riding with the guys. I think it pushes me harder and helps me prepare for the bigger races where there are more lady racers.
Who is your favourite rider and why?
I’d have to say Adam Cianciarulo. He is super-dedicated to the sport and I’ve watched him over the years improve. He also perseveres through anything. He never seems to let an injury get in his way to being successful.
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 many lady racers who have and who are continuing to pave the way for other girls in this sport. If I had to pick one it would be Hannah Hodges. She has impressed me the most. It’s super-cool she had the opportunity to go to the Monster Energy Cup and battle with the guys. Really shows you can do anything when you put your mind to it.
What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?
Colton Facciotti. I’ve been watching him race ever since I started racing. His attitude and style of riding is what I like most.
What is your favourite track and why?
That’s a tough one. I’d have to say either Motopark or Baja Acres. I love the layout of MP and the jumps are super fun. I went to Baja for the first time last fall. I’m not a strong sand rider but I ended up loving this track. Unfortunately, my bike blew up first lap of my first race so I wasn’t able to ride as much as I wanted to but I definitely want to go back there. It’s a nice change from the tracks we have here in Ontario.
Who is your hero?
I look up to both my parents. They do so much for my brother and I and I can’t thank them enough. I hope one day I’m as great a parent as they are.
What are your goals for this season?
Top 3 in the AMO Ladies A class, for sure. Right now, I’m sitting second in points so hopefully I can improve that. Top 10 again this year at TransCan and top 10 in the Women’s Nationals would be sweet. I’m also hoping to do a few rounds of AX Tour this year.
What are your biggest accomplishments?
My biggest accomplishments would probably be my 7th overall at TransCan last summer. It’s my first year doing the CMRC Women’s Nationals and just this past weekend I finished 10th in the first race, so that would have to be my best race finish. I’m hoping I can stay off the ground for the next two rounds so that my results can improve.
What is your favourite part about going to the races?
I don’t really get to ride during the week so the races are where I do all my riding. I look forward to weekends knowing that I get to ride my dirt bike. I’ve met some of my closest friends through racing and they all live far away so I get to see them at the races too, which is awesome.
What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?
During the school year, I spend most my time studying. In the summer, anything that has a motor sounds like fun to me! Otherwise, I enjoy just hanging out with friends and family, and occasionally going to the gym (Laughs).
Is it important to have a motocross racer as a boyfriend/partner, or just a bonus?
Having a motocross racer as a boyfriend would surely make the relationship more fun. Racing takes up a lot of time and pretty much all of your weekends. It takes a special person to understand and support that kind of thing. Things might work out better having someone that understands all that stuff!
If you ever have children, will they be motocross racers ?
I really hope so! I always bug my dad for not putting me on a dirt bike earlier on in life so I will be sure to give them the chance at least and cross my fingers that they’ll enjoy it as much as I do.
Who do you want to thank?
My parents for sure! I wouldn’t be able to race without them. They do so much for me. And of course DMX for giving me this opportunity.