Out of the Blue: Suzy Greenan
By Jeff McConkey
Name: Suzy Greenan
Birthday: September 15th, 1998
Hometown: Chilliwack, B.C.
School & Grade: I’m in grade 12 at Chilliwack Secondary School.
Bike: 2014 KX 100 and a 2015 KX 250
Race Club: CMRC and CMA
How did you get started in racing?
My dad has been racing since he was a kid, so it has always been in my life. I started riding at age 5 and racing at 6, but never was really good at it. I was one of the only girls in 50cc. I quit racing until 2014 when I raced the young ladies class and I loved it!
As a little girl, did you ever expect to be this deep into a sport like motocross?
Kinda. As a kid I loved motocross but I was never serious about it; I kinda just rode around. I did a lot of other sports as a kid so motocross was just another sport to me, but now it’s everything.
Do you think motocross is harder for a female to compete in?
I think girls fit right into the sport. The ladies class seems to be the fastest growing class.
Who is your favourite rider and why?
Ashley Fiolek. I look up to her. She is such an amazing role model and rider. I went to one of her schools last summer in Kamloops and learned so much, and it was pretty cool getting to meet her!
Is there one lady racer out there that you think has paved the way for other girls to be successful in the sport?
Ashley Fiolek. I think it’s awesome she does motocross schools for girls!
Who is your hero?
My dad because he’s always there for me in the sport. He taught me all the things to know in motocross. Both my parents support me a lot and I don’t know where I would be without them.
What were your goals for this season?
To place at least in the top 5 in the Ladies class was a big goal for me, as this was my first full year of racing, and raced the Young Ladies class, previously.
What are your biggest accomplishments?
This season I went from the Young Ladies class to the Ladies class, and the first race I did in the Ladies class at Popkum I came 5th overall. I also raced a 450 a few times which I felt was an accomplishment.
What is your favourite part about going to the races?
Everything about the races is my favourite – the atmosphere and meeting new people!
What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?
When I’m not racing I’m working at Popkum Motor Park, doing track and field, cheerleading and I’m trying out rugby this year.
Is it important to have a motocross racer as a boyfriend/partner, or just a bonus?
Just a bonus. It would be cool since we would both be racing and be into the same things, but I don’t think it’s necessary.
If you ever have children, will they be motocross racers?
I think it would be cool if my children got involved in the sport, but there’s no pressure.
Who do you want to thank?
I would like to thank Lee at Bigtop Powersports, all my friends at Popkum Motor Park, my family, and my best friends Eva and Alyssa – I don’t know where I would be without you guys.