By Jensen Amyotte
Title: Shannatay Bergeron
Date of Beginning: Could 26, 1992
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Occupation: Healthcare govt management
Race Quantity: 19
Bike: Honda 250f
Race Membership: Rocky Mountain Riders Affiliation and Motoplayground Occasions
Courses: Womens Professional (Girls’s Allstar as they name it in Colorado), Womens 12+ for LL occasions, 250B, 25+B, 30+ B
Who/what impressed you to get into the game of motocross and the way lengthy have you ever been racing/using?
My father and grandfather confirmed me a love for 2 wheels at a really early age. My dad purchased me a bicycle for my third birthday. I threw a match, saying I wished a bike and he challenged that I couldn’t have one till I may experience my bicycle with out coaching wheels. My brother and I took off the coaching wheels that day and I rode down the road, first attempt. I’ve been in love ever since – and my dad has refused to make a cope with me since.
When not on a dust bike, how do you retain your self busy? Are you concerned in every other sports activities or extracurricular actions?
Sure! My fiance and I like to dwell the adventurous life. When not on filth bikes, we’re on the water – wakeboarding or browsing as a lot as potential. We do dwell in Colorado the place the winters are difficult for water or filth bike sports activities so we flip to snowboarding and hockey. My job retains me very busy all yr spherical and so does his so free time is just not one thing we regularly have.
As a racer, are there any obstacles you’re feeling a feminine racer has to cope with that possibly a male racer doesn’t?
I grew up with the mentality of if I attempt onerous sufficient, I can succeed no matter my gender. I’ve all the time strongly believed that. Since turning into an grownup and becoming a member of the skilled world, it really made me grateful for the world of motocross and the way welcoming it’s of feminine racers. I raced when WMX nonetheless existed in the US – again within the (Ashley) Fiolek and (Jessica) Patterson days (holy smokes they might rip) and we raced the identical days as the fellows on the professional nationals which made for sponsorship and profession alternatives. I’m bummed that it doesn’t exist for the longer term technology because it does make it troublesome for monetary help.
Out of your first experience to the place you are actually, what’s one thing you by no means thought you’d have the ability to overcome however have?
I used to be younger and immature in my teenage years and I truthfully by no means thought I’d overcome getting injured. Seems, I needed to decelerate to go sooner as my dad all the time stated. I by no means thought I’d get sooner with age however I’ve achieved that. Everybody I experience with thinks I’m sooner now than after I was that wild uncontrolled teenager prepared to danger all of it to attempt to win.
Who’s your all-time favorite rider and why?
Oh, it is a powerful query. From the ladies’s facet, I believe it must be Ashley Fiolek. It was so superior watching her submit the identical lap occasions as a few of the 250 riders again within the day – as that hadn’t actually occurred earlier than. As for males, I’m a giant Eli Tomac fan. He carries himself nicely and actually represents what onerous work can do for somebody with out having to have this alter ego or character to draw the followers.
What’s your favorite observe and why?
I grew up within the sand dunes of California so if I needed to choose I’d say a sand observe can be my favourite – and in Colorado we’ve got Sweney Cycle Park that all the time provides your physique a run for its cash with sand whoops. We have been lucky this summer season to experience Swan MX in Texas after a torrential downpour. That made the observe epic – a lot traction, plus tough and rutted. If Swan was like that on a regular basis, it would take the cake for my favourite.
What occasion do you sit up for most yearly, one you don’t ever need to miss?
I really like the Motoplayground occasions. No matter if it’s Camp Increase Diggity, Ponca or Spring A Ding, I’m all the time eager to hit certainly one of their races to benefit from the ambiance, plus Harold and Layne are all the time so welcoming of us!
Who has been your greatest inspiration/hero on and off the observe?
My greatest inspiration was in all probability my grandma. She grew up within the period the place the spouse was meant to cook dinner and clear. Paradoxically, as a child, I used to be not the nicest to her – solely ever eager to hangout with Grandpa. However as I grew older, I spotted what a robust and impartial lady she was all whereas nonetheless caring for her household.
Do you’ve got a pre-moto rituals?
Once I’m nervous I’ll wiggle loads. I used to name it dancing however they’re some fairly horrible dance strikes! I additionally prefer to be on the gate taking deep breaths and calming my coronary heart charge. I attempt to eat good meals to gasoline me by means of the moto and thru the day.
Inform us about your 2022 race season.
2022 was extra of a relaxed yr for me. In 2021 we determined we’d attempt for Loretta Lynn’s – one thing I’d by no means been to earlier than – and made it. We raced loads and educated actually onerous (my fiance is an olympian so after I advised him this was my purpose, he took serving to me practice to an entire new stage which was so superior). Due to 2021, we determined to solely race the races we thought can be enjoyable in 2022. I say we took it simple however did earn the 2022 Girls’s Allstar Championship Plate for the RMRA Plate Collection right here in Colorado.
What are your greatest accomplishments thus far?
Actually, I’m proud that I used to be capable of race filth bikes rising up and discover such a ardour in life. I’m additionally actually proud that I used to be capable of notice after I wanted to step again and concentrate on my future, figuring out filth bikes weren’t going to pay the payments. I joke I’ve two personalities – one which’s the adventurous filth biker and the opposite that’s an expert on the workplace. If I run into individuals from the “different world,” they’re all the time so shocked to see the 2 sides of me that exist. I’m proud that I’ve discovered a strategy to have an ideal profession whereas nonetheless fulfilling my ardour for filth bikes.
What’s the greatest lesson that motocross racing has taught you thus far?
To persevere by means of the toughest occasions. To decelerate to go sooner (each in racing and within the skilled world).
The place do you see your self in 5 years?
I really like this query as a result of my reply 5 years in the past was not anyplace close to the place I’m immediately. My new reply to this, based mostly on expertise, is that in 5 years I need to be genuinely joyful, proceed residing this adventurous life, and including worth to my household, mates, and staff’ lives. What that truly interprets to, I’m undecided. I suppose we’ll have to attend 5 years to search out out!
Are there any females on the market who you’re feeling have paved the best way for different women to achieve success in motocross or off highway?
I believe Sarah Whitmore, Jessica Patterson and Ashley Fiolek all broke the mould. They confirmed the unbelievable expertise ladies can have – particularly throughout an period the place “women doing boy sports activities” was extra taboo than it’s immediately.
What sort of observe/filth do you’re feeling you excel at most and why?
Sand or cheesy – as a result of who doesn’t love twisting the throttle in a sand nook and simply whipping round. Then in cheesy filth, everyone seems to be joyful. The tiniest little ledge in a nook can flip into the most effective traction and it’s so satisfying.
In the event you ever have youngsters will you give them the choice to race as nicely?
Completely. Will probably be solely as much as them however I would like them to have each alternative like I did.
In the event you may give 1 piece of recommendation to a feminine of any age who needs to begin using, what would it not be?
Do it. Don’t be afraid to speak to individuals on the observe too. Ask individuals on social media what it’s like, the place to go, or should you may even experience collectively. Leverage these already on the observe for help. I do know it may be intimidating to go to a brand new observe, however I believe most individuals on the observe would assist anybody in want or give recommendation to assist one other particular person fall in love with filth bikes the best way we’ve got. Okay, that was greater than 1 however I believe the one manner we’ll develop our sport is to assist one another and share what we’ve already discovered.
What was your first worry while you began using and the way did you overcome it?
General, I’d say my greatest or most constant worry was failure. As a child, I used to be pretty fearless (to a fault even). I used to joke that concussions have been the most effective damage since you didn’t bear in mind what occurred, subsequently didn’t have worry while you returned.
What was your first race quantity and the way did you select it?
My first race quantity was 919. I picked this as a result of my hockey quantity was 9, however as a result of I used to be simply beginning I wanted a 3 digit quantity. I didn’t need 999 and my dad advised 199 however I additionally don’t like sharing or copying so though I love Travis Pastrana, I didn’t need to share a quantity with him so I simply went with 919.
Do you see your self ever competing within the Canadian WMX Triple Crown sequence?
I’ve considered this these days! I believe it’s superior to see it occurring. Logistically for me residing in the US and having my job, it might be powerful to make. Ought to that change, I’d be all sport for it!
What are your ideas on the Canadian WMX Triple Crown sequence?
I believe it’s unbelievable there’s an avenue like this for girls to proceed racing. I like that the races are clumped collectively which makes it simpler for individuals touring from distant to make it.
What do you love to do within the off season?
Within the off season I get pleasure from snowboarding principally. I additionally get pleasure from touring with my fiance because it’s his season. He will get to go everywhere in the world so tagging alongside to all of the totally different mountains is basically cool, to not point out we see some fairly superior nations.
What do you need to be while you develop up?
I need to be an individual who’s made a distinction. Somebody who’s left an imprint on society and improves the lives of others.
Who would you prefer to thank?
I want to thank my household – from my dad for all the time going to the races with me, to my brothers for pushing me and my sister for being our cheerleader. My fiance for his dedication and help on each purpose I set – particularly when it means flying straight to a race and being my pit crew with jet lag in full swing. My grandparents for all the time supporting my lower than regular life and educating me the love of bikes so younger. Along with that, Solar Enterprises, Corning Snow, Elevation Element, Novik, MWC Inventive, AEO Powersports and By no means Summer season Industries. I couldn’t do it with out all of those individuals supporting my love for bikes, so a real thanks.