Out of the Blue | Mikaila Beach | Schrader’s

By Jensen Amyotte

‘Out of the Blue’ is presented by Schrader’s.

Name: Mikaila Beach

Date of Birth: April 11,1997

Hometown: Baden, ON

School/grade or occupation: Nurse 

Race number: 121

Bike: KTM 250 SXF

Race club(s): TVR, AMO, Triple Crown Series

Class(es): Ladies A/Pro and Junior

This week we feature #121 Mikaila Beach in our ‘Out of the Blue’ column presented by Schrader’s. | Sam Fowles photo

Who got you into the sport of motocross?

When I was 12 my dad bought my brother and I a 65 to try out.  My dad had a friend whose family raced motocross, so I’ve been racing ever since then.  

Is there any female(s) out there who you feel have paved the way for other girls to be successful in motocross or off road?

I’m not too familiar with the off road athletes however there are several ladies that have paved the way for other girls in motocross.  If you race Canadian motocross, then I’m sure you know the name of Eve Brodeur, she’s taken women’s motocross to another level.  In the states, Jordan Jarvis has been making a big statement lately racing against the men at a pro level. It’ll be interesting to see what she can do in the next few years.

As a racer, are there any obstacles you feel a female racer has to deal with that maybe a male racer does not?

Yes, there are the obvious physical differences that make riding a bit more difficult.  Additionally, the women’s class has always struggled with support however in the past couple years there have been huge changes, which is pretty exciting for us.  A few years ago there was almost no support for the women’s class, women had to put together their own national series.  Since then, Triple Crown Series has given us opportunities to ride on pro day with the men, along with trophies and a significant increase in the pay out. I honestly think the future is bright for women’s motocross as long as ladies keep showing up to the gate! 

Mikaila credits Eve Brodeur and Jordan Jarvis as being strong influences in Women’s Motocross. | Beach photo

Who is your favourite female rider and why?

I can’t narrow it down to one.  I think every female rider is pretty badass just to get out there and ride. I recently watched Lilly Turner beat all the boys on her 50cc at Hamilton SX, I think she might be my new favourite.  She’s another rider who I’m looking forward to seeing how she does in the future.

Who is your favourite male rider and why?

Like I said before, I really don’t have a favourite rider, there are so many great riders out there to learn from.

Are you involved in any other sports or extracurricular activities?

I’m crazy busy right now so I don’t have much extra time.  I’m working at two part-time jobs and working towards my RN through online schooling, so I guess that is my extracurricular. Haha.  Besides that I really enjoy doing hot yoga.

What is your favourite track/ kind of dirt to ride on and why?

I mean maybe I’m biased but I’m going to have to say Gully Mor.  Walton is also at the top of my list; I am definitely a big fan of the clay tracks. I am just a struggle bus in the sand. 

What event do you look forward to most every year? One you don’t ever want to miss?

The Pro Nationals are always a good time on and off the track.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get to race any of the nationals this year due to work.  However, I did get to race the East/West Shootout at Walton, which was a blast. I’m going to try my best to take time off work to do the 2020 east nationals.

Her favourite track is Gully Mor just outside London, Ontario. | Sam Fowles photo

Who has been your biggest inspiration/hero on and off the track?

I’ll give this one to Eve too! I think she inspires most of the women involved in motocross, especially the young up and comers.

Did you achieve the goals you set for the 2019 race season?

I didn’t set any goals for myself, as it was my first season of officially being out of school and working.  Overall though, I am happy with my race results, and feel much more comfortable on my new bike. 

What are your plans/goals for the 2020 race season?

My goal is to stay healthy and get more seat time.  As for plans, we will see closer to the time, but I am hoping I can make it out to all of the east coast nationals, along with TransCan.  Maybe if I can build up some more stamina I will give another off-road race a go as well.

What are your biggest accomplishments to date?

I honestly don’t keep track of results much since I am just racing for fun and try not to be too hard on myself.  I think 2 years ago when we had the national at MX Bon-Conseil I finished 10th in a mudder, which was a big surprise to me.  This summer I believe I finished 8th overall during the shootout at Walton.  Maybe next year I’ll start paying attention to these things. As long as I make it out in one piece, I feel accomplished!! 

What is the biggest lesson that motocross racing/ off-road has taught you so far?

Patience. I’m guilty of becoming frustrated easily if a race doesn’t go the way I want it to, or if I don’t think I’m riding as well I could be. I’ve learned you just have to be patient with yourself and that skill will come with time and determination. When I first started racing, I would get lapped like three times within one race.  I’ve come to learn that it just takes time.

Mikaila is busy being a nurse, but watch for her at the East rounds of the Women’s Nationals in 2020. | Sheri Gibson photo

If you ever have children will you give them the option to race as well?

Of course! I hope they would love it as much as I do. The tyke class is one of my favourite classes to watch.  It’s so cool to see all the little guys and gals rip around the track. 

Who would you like to thank?

My parents for helping me buy my bike and all of their support.  I can’t thank my boyfriend Travis enough for the encouragement along with keeping my bike clean and doing the majority of my bike work this season.  And of course, his parents Shelly and Jim for giving me a place to stay and food every race weekend. Lastly, Jensen for continuing to support women’s motocross with this column, just as Jeff had been doing for us all.