Out of the Blue | Victoria Holly | Presented by Schrader’s
By Jeff McConkey
Name: Victoria Holly
Birthday: January 27, 2002
Hometown: Pickering, Ontario
School and Grade: Notre Dame Secondary School, grade 9
Bike: Yamaha YZ 250 F
Race Club: OCMC and MMRS
How did you get started in racing?
My dad had always been involved in racing dirt bikes, even as a kid. He was the reason I started racing, because he wanted his kids to be a part of the sport as well. I first started off just riding a little Yamaha PW 50 at the age of 5 for fun until my dad noticed how much I enjoyed it, and that’s when he decided to sign me up to race against other riders. The first club I was signed up for was OCMC.
As a little girl, did you ever expect to be this deep into a sport like motocross?
Yes, the first day I raced against other riders on the track, I knew I wanted to continue with the sport and get more involved in it.
Do you think motocross is harder for a female to compete in?
No, not at all. Girls can be just as fast as guys. Not as many girls are involved in the sport though because people see it more as a guys’ sport and it may seem kind of intimidating to some, but I do wish more girls were in the sport to have more ladies classes to race in.
Who is your favourite rider and why?
My favourite rider is Ryan Dungey because he is a very smooth and consistent rider, he is not a dirty rider, and is hard-working on and off the track.
Is there one lady racer out there that you think has paved the way for other girls to be successful in the sport?
A female rider that i think has paved the way for other girls is definitely Ashley Fiolek because she nearly won the Women’s Pro class at Loretta Lynn’s and was the first lady to ever receive a full factory ride when she signed with Honda.
What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?
I would say Colton Facciotti because he has done so much to promote motocross in Canada and he is a very talented rider.
What is your favourite track and why?
My favourite track is a MMRS track called Cochrane’s because of the rhythm section and because the track is always groomed well.
Who is your hero?
My hero is definitely my dad because he is always making sacrifices to allow me to race every Tuesday and every weekend. He is also very supportive and is someone I look up to and learn a lot of my skills from.
What were your goals for this season?
My goals for this season were to get more comfortable on my bike, because you can never be to comfortable, and also to get faster in corners.
What are your biggest accomplishments?
One of my accomplishments this year was when I had injured my foot in the 1st series and came back faster and with a more positive mindset in the 2nd series. Also, winning 3rd place against some fast ladies at OCMC.
What is your favourite part about going to the races?
My favourite about going to the races is definitely the adrenaline I get at the starting gates when the 5-second board is up, but besides racing, it would be spending time with my family and my moto family. Also, camping the night at the track making unforgettable, hilarious memories with the people that mean the most.
What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?
I like to spend most of my time outside or doing something productive when I’m not racing, like going out/hanging out with friends, going on runs, as well as working on the bikes.
Is it important to have a motocross racer as a boyfriend/partner, or just a bonus?
It would definitely be a bonus to have a boyfriend/partner as a motocross racer, because you could motivate each other, ride together, help each other get better and improve on skill you lack in etc.
If you ever have children, will they be motocross racers?
Yes, if I ever have children they will definitely be involved in this sport, especially because it’s such a big part of my life I would want my kids to take part in the sport I love the most!
Who do you want to thank?
I would first like to thank my dad for everything he has done for me to race, whether it’s driving me to the races, fixing my bike, or cheering me on. I also wanna thank my mom for always supporting me in my races. I would also thank my older brother for always helping me when I ride and giving me tips on the things I can improve in. Also, OCMC and MMRS for always having well-groomed tracks I can race on!