Out of the Blue | Oriana Fraser | Schrader’s

By Jeff McConkey

Photos by Billy Rainford

Presented by Schrader’s.

Name: Oriana Fraser

DOB: April 30th, 2002

Hometown: Ladysmith, BC

School and Grade: Ladysmith Secondary, Grade 11

Number: 49

Bike: 2017 Husqvarna TC150, 2017 YZ125

Race club: VIMX, MRC, AMA

Classes: Ladies, Junior MX2, Schoolboy

This week, we feature #49 Oriana Fraser from Ladysmith, BC.

Who got you get started in racing?

My older brother got me started in racing Motocross. In the beginning, I would come to the track with the family on race weekends but after a year of pitting, decided I wanted to give Motocross a shot myself.

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

I have always been more “tomboy” than “girly girl.” When I was little, I was the kind of girl that was obsessed with the outdoors and being active. I passed a lot of time playing in the dirt… Probably half the reason I love moto so much.

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

I can’t really say that there is one girl who has paved the way, but I do think that all the girls who ride, push, and inspire each other. There are certain female riders who we all can look up to though such as Eve Brodeur, Ashley Fiolek, Tarah Geiger, and Vicki Golden.

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

I feel that the biggest obstacle for women is that there is much less of a market for female competitors, which can make it harder to find support and races that support the women’s class as far as I’ve seen. I feel that it will quickly change though as more girls come into the sport.

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

Personally, I like to ride with both girls and boys. I like to ride with the girls because it amazes me to see how fast, tough, and dedicated we are to this sport, but I find that we ride differently than the guys and there are less of us. Because of that, I like to ride with with the boys for more competition and because they ride more aggressively. Also a good battle with a guy where you can get in their space a little more or outright stuff them to make a pass feels great *wink, wink*

Oriana and her step-dad, Dale Gisborne.

Who is your favourite female rider and why?

It’s hard to say that I have one favourite female Motocross racer, as I have insane amounts of respect for a lot of high ranking females. But to name a few, Eve Brodeur, Ashley Fiolek, Tarah Geiger, and Vicki Golden are definitely girls that I idolize.

Is there a racer you look up to and why?

There are a few riders that I really look up to being Dusty Klatt, Trey Canard, and Tyler Medaglia. I look up to each of them for their own different reasons. Dusty is my trainer and he’s an amazing teacher, Trey is very faithful to the Lord and is super cool, and Tyler has always been a favourite since I started riding.

#49 Fraser tries an inside move at the start of a moto at this year’s TransCan.

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

I think that, just as of this year, possibly Walton and the 125 Dream Race in Washington, USA are going to be my yearly “go to” events.

Who is your hero?

This one’s harder to answer as I have many “heroes.” I think I can narrow it down to two people being Dale Gisborne (my stepdad) and my trainer Dusty Klatt because I would have nothing in this sport if it weren’t for them, so they are my heroes.

What were your plans and goals for the 2018 season?

Coming into this year, I knew it was gonna be a shorter season as I came into it with a reconstructive ACL surgery due to an earlier incident. So my plan was to race Walton and some fun races down in the USA, and I might race some Arenacross during the Winter, filling in the gaps with whatever nearby races I can get myself to.

What are your biggest accomplishments to date?

To date, my biggest accomplishments would be taking 7th place in the 2017 Western Canadian Women’s Pro Nationals, taking first in Ladies class for the 2016 and 2017 BC Championships, and taking 5th in the Ladies class for the 2018 Walton TransCan.

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

The biggest lesson I’ve learned in moto, I have to say, would be persistence because this sport doesn’t go very well for quitters. If you get stuck in a rut, you gotta just put your head down and turn the throttle, you can’t just give up.

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

I mean, there are a number of different reasons for girls stopping racing. Some being due to financial circumstances, some due to pregnancy, and some that just lose interest in the sport. Everyone has their own reasons.

The Walton TransCan and the 125 Dream Race at Washougal are two races on Oriana’s ‘can’t miss’ list.

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

I definitely could see a future female Supercross champion. With a rider who is dedicated and talented enough, and has enough passion for the sport, anything is possible.

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

If I ever decide to have children, it will be entirely up to them whether they want to ride or not. There will definitely be an opportunity for them though.

Who do you want to thank?

I would really like to thank Dusty Klatt, Dale Gisborne, Ladysmith Motorsports, Ride Industries, GNB Builders inc., MX Formula Goggles, PanicRev, Atlas Brace, Mobius Brace, Gibson Tyre, JB’s Ladysmith Bumper to Bumper, and everyone else for their support. Also, thank you, Jeff from Direct, for the interview.