Out of the Blue | Stacy Paris | Schrader’s

By Jeff McConkey

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

Name: Stacy Paris
Date of Birth: January 23rd, 2002
Hometown: Levis, Quebec
School and Grade or Occupation: St-Patricks High School, secondary 5
Number: 329
Bike: KTM 250SX-f
Race Club: Challenge Quebec
Class: Women A

This week, we feature #329 Stacy Paris from Levis, Quebec. | Kassandra Marois photo

Who got you get started in racing?

My brother, Darren, and my father, Patrick! My brother started racing at the age of 5 (he’s 19 now) and my dad started back I’d say 7 years ago. It was always a family thing weekend races but it never occurred to me that it would one day become my passion as well until l decided to get on a bike 4 years ago. Tried it, love it and have been racing since then.

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

Oh, that’s a tricky question (Laughs). I had days where it was all about my dolls and Barbie, just like every little girl. Then other days, I’d be playing in the sand box building motocross tracks with my brother.

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

I personally think that every girl has paved their way for the next generation of girls who will come. Not because you are not the fastest girl out there that you can’t promote the sport and encourage other girls to be successful.

On Eve Brodeur ~ “She is an inspiration to many girls out there and she has and continues to prove that when you want it you can achieve it.”

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

Like every other sport, girls always need to prove themselves… But, I think that as the years go by more and more women race and are more respected by all.

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

Without any doubt, girls. I know I’m not fast enough to compete with the boys and they ride “tougher” than girls.

Who is your favourite female rider and why?

I would say Eve Brodeur because she is definitely one heck of a rider. She is an inspiration to many girls out there and she has and continues to prove that when you want it you can achieve it.

“I personally think that every girl has paved their way for the next generation of girls who will come.” | Frede Forest photo

Is there a racer you look up to and why?

I don’t look up to anyone in particular, I enjoy races and everyone that has the guts to give it his/her all.

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

I would say the event at Tring Jonction since it’s the track where I practice the most and I just can’t miss that event. I really enjoy riding there. They have an amazing track and the owners, Simon and Roxanne, are just great!

Who is your hero?

I definitely have to say my parents and my brother. They have always encouraged and pushed me to achieve my goals. We are lucky to have a great family dynamic!

What are your plans and goals for the 2019 season?

My plans for 2019 are to attend all Challenge Quebec races and to attend at least 1 National race.  And why not make a top 10 in my first year Woman A…

What are your biggest accomplishments to date?

Getting on a bike for the first time 4 years ago and going from Woman C to Woman A in only 3 years.

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

It has taught me perseverance… When you fall, you get back up and keep going just like in real life. It has also taught me that you have to work hard and practice hard if you want to make it from the starting gate to the finish line.

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

When we decide it’s family time, well, physically we don’t really have a choice…  Sometimes it means the end of the career and the beginning of a new one. I think it’s easier for men to continue on.

Watch for Stacy at Challenge Quebec races and at least 1 Women’s National in 2019. | Pierre Chamberland photo

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

WHY NOT!? Sure, it’s more a man’s sports but I’m pretty sure some girls out there could succeed.

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

I will introduce the sport to them for sure. From that moment on, it will be up to them just like it was up to me.

Who do you want to thank?

I would like to thank my parents for encouraging and supporting me, they are the reason I can live my passion. I would also like to thank Patrick Paris Rénovation, FXR, and my brother who is my biggest fan!