On the Radar: Ethan Stevenson

By Jeff McConkey

Name: Ethan Stevenson

Birthday: March 18,2000

Hometown: Courtice, Ontario

Race number: 418

Bike: 2015 Honda CRF250R

Race Club: CMRC, AMO, and MMRS

Class: Junior MX2, Junior MX3 and Schoolboy 2

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Let’s get to know up-and-comer Ethan Stevenson from Courtice, Ontario. ~ Melanie Stevenson photo

How did you get started in racing?

I have always been interested in motocross. From a very young age I would spend hours watching Motocross and Supercross videos and would dream of the day I would become a pro athlete. I decided at a very young age this is what I wanted to do, and with my family’s support and my determination, I am on the road to achieving my goals. I know that with the hard work and preparation I am putting in, my future goals will be possible in the years to come.

What is your favourite track and why?

My favourite track is Gopher Dunes. The rough and gnarly conditions separate each rider’s skill and fitness levels. Gopher Dunes is definitely one of the most physically challenging tracks in Canada.

Who is your favourite rider and why?

Trey Canard is my favourite rider. Regardless of his injuries or where he finishes in a race, Trey always maintains a great attitude and is a positive role model. His perseverance and positive attitude have influenced me and are a part of who I am today.

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“…the track is home to me and I love every part of it. I love the smell of race gas and getting pumped at the gate. I love spending time with my friends and family. I love racing.” ~ Melanie Stevenson photo

What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?

Jeremy Medaglia is my favourite Canadian Pro Rider. It’s hard to keep your eyes off of him on the track as he has a sick riding style. Because of his raw speed and determination you can never count him out for a top place finish and he is a pretty awesome guy, too.

Who is your hero?

My Dad is my hero. No matter what is going on in our lives, he makes sure everything happens for me. He gets me to the track, maintains my equipment and keeps me focused on what’s important. When things aren’t going well he always knows what to say to put a smile on my face. Thank you, Dad.
What are your goals for this season?

My goal for the 2016 season is to be the best that I can be, and to put everything I have into being a top guy every weekend. I know that with hard work and determination big things are coming my way, and my goals are attainable.

What are your biggest accomplishments?

I have had many big accomplishments both on and off the track. One of my biggest accomplishments on the track would be my first race on a 250 where I got my first win. I went on to win championships even though I was injured; I pushed through and obtained solid finishes.

What is your favourite part about going to the races?

This is a hard question to answer as the track is home to me and I love every part of it. I love the smell of race gas and getting pumped at the gate. I love spending time with my friends and family. I love racing.

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Ethan lists winning his first race on a 250 where he got his first win among his biggest accomplishments. ~ Melanie Stevenson photo

What would you like to when you are done racing?

If I am ever done racing, I would like to stay in the racing community. I would love to help others train, both on and off the track, and remain a positive role model by helping kids follow their dreams.

What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?

When I am not racing I am training. I like going to the Platinum Fitness to train and maintain my physical health. I ride whenever I can, and also enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Who do you want to thank?

I would like to thank my family and friends first as without them this would not be possible. I would like to thank my Mom, Dad and Morgan for being my biggest supporters and fans. Thank you to everyone who has believed in me, supported me and guided me, you know who you are. Thank you, Kyle, for helping me out huge this year and always encouraging me. Thank you to Precision Cycle Works, Platinum Fitness in Courtice, Mike’s Transmission, Division Supply, Importations Thibault, Scott, and Atlas Brace. Thank you, DMX, for this opportunity.