Out of the Blue | Jaylen Spencer | Brought to You by Schrader’s

By Jensen Amyotte

Brought to you by Schrader’s

Name: Jaylen Spencer

Date of Birth: January 27, 2008

Hometown: Tatamagouche N.S

Grade: Grade 9

Race Number: 126

Bike: Husky

Club: Dream Acres Mx

Classes: Junior Ladies, Supermini

This week, we feature #126 Jaylen Spencer from Tatamagouche N.S. | Steve Greene photo

Who/What inspired you to get into the sport?

Definitely my dad and my brother are the people that inspired me to get into this sport. My brother has always had a bike. When my dad got me my first bike it was supposed to be my sister’s. She was the one that originally wanted to ride, but I ended up falling in love with the sport and she didn’t. 

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

I would say the biggest lesson that motocross has taught me so far is that you can’t give up, even when you are doubting yourself you need to keep going. You should always have an open mind to new tips and suggestions, and don’t be scared to ask about anything that you’re not sure of. 

What kind of track/dirt do you feel you excel at most and why?

I feel I ride best in wetter conditions rather than dryer conditions/sand. I started riding in wet conditions when I practiced at my track, as usually it’s wet, therefore I’m used to it and that’s why I feel I excel at it. 

What was your first fear when you started riding and how did you overcome it?

My first fear was definitely the fear of falling over, the fear of crashing, and the fear of getting hurt. How I overcame it was I eventually realized that I wasn’t going to get better if I didn’t try to push myself. I began pushing myself which did result in quite a few crashes but I learned from every one of them. 

Motocross is a family sport for Jaylen. | Marion Martin photo

Tell us about your 2022 season.

My season started off strong but then led to a mid-season crash, breaking my collarbone. I then lost confidence in myself. We went up to Quebec Deschambault at the end of July to race with the intentions of getting my confidence back. I placed 4th my first moto in Jr. Ladies (9-16), but unfortunately, ended up getting very sick and couldn’t finish my last two motos. When we got home I continued to race in the Atlantic Series, got my confidence back, and ended up winning my second Jr. Ladies Championship.

Who is your biggest inspiration on and off the track?

With no hesitation, my biggest inspiration is someone that grew to be like an older brother to me, Jack Morrison. Ever since I started motocross, Jack has always helped me. Jack has helped by giving me pep talks, the best advice, helping out with my bike, and cheering me on, while still being able to handle his own pressures of racing. On and off the track, Jack has also shown me how dedicated you need to be for this sport. 

What is your favourite track and why?

Without a doubt, Dream Acres Mx Park is my favourite track because the dirt is perfect and the ruts are awesome. This track also happens to be my family’s track. That being said, I know how much effort gets put into it and I’ve watch it grow.

What was your first number and why did you chose it?

My first, and only, number is 126. I chose this number because it is my birthday. I had been under pressure of not knowing what number I wanted. I remember being so indecisive because the question seemed so big at the time. I remember Dad saying, “Jaylen, you can be any number that you want.” That’s when I chose 126.

Jaylen won the Jr. Ladies class in 2022 so watch for her in 2023. | Hailey Prudy photo

If you could give one piece of advice to a female of any age who wants to start riding, what would it be? 

The one piece of advice I would give is to not let anyone else’s opinions stop you from following your dream to ride. There are some people that will try to put you down and make you feel like you can’t do it. My advice is to ignore them!! Keep going and don’t give up. Prove you can do it to all those people that said that you can’t.

Who would you like to thank?

I would like to thank my dad, Kelly Spencer (Dream Acres MX Park) for getting me to where I am today. Without him I wouldn’t have gotten to do any of this. I would also like to thank my brother, Christian Spencer, for always encouraging me to push myself and for giving me many tips. Both have also reminded me if I don’t put in the hours, then I can’t expect there to be change. And, of course, I would like to thank all my family and friends for also helping me as much as they can. 

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