By Jackie Riess
Photos by James Lissimore
MXP: Hey everybody, Jackie Riess here for MXP Magazine and I’m this week I’m speaking to 6-time WMX champion Eve Brodeur. Eve, as a fan and a friend, it was a pleasure to watch you dominate yet another motocross season. How was 2021 in your eyes?
EB1: It was super good, I had so much fun. I came into the season with really no expectations of who would be there. It’s always hard to know if anyone’s gonna come down to race, but with the borders being closed we didn’t expect any Americans. But, we didn’t know who was going to be there and who was going to be able to challenge me, so Sarah-Kim was definitely the surprise of the season, but it was so fun! We raced together all season, some races I had a bit of a gap, some races she was a bit closer. But I always felt like I had a little more in the tank if needed if she was say too close or something. And every time she’d start ahead I’d be able to catch up and get the lead pretty quickly. So I kind of always felt in my comfort zone the whole season I guess. But yeah, it was super fun! We had nice conditions at every track, we were so lucky we didn’t get any big mud motos, so I was super pumped about that.
Yeah, it looked like an awesome year and great turnout for the women’s class even without the border being open?
Yeah, some of the gates were almost full so it was super cool to see. Also, we normally have like ten more girls coming from the States, so it was really cool.
Yeah, awesome to see! Which race did you feel was your best and why?
I’d have to say that both Waltons were where I felt most comfortable. Usually, I’m faster in the sand, just because that’s what I’m used to, but for some reason this year I just had so much more fun riding the deep Walton ruts. Walton One was obviously very rough because we were at the end of the day, so I’d have to say the last Walton. Especially because I was clenching my championship that same day, but the track was so cool, it was so fun, I was having a blast. So I’d have to say Walton Two.
Yeah, you had a pretty sizable gap in both motos really, so it was no surprise!
Yeah, I was having such a blast, it was so fun!
That’s cool! They changed the track a little bit from the last time I was there. How did you like it now?
It’s super fun! I feel like they always change it. It changed from Walton One, and it was changed again this way. It’s kind of always the same jumps, but the way you go to them is always a little different. But I liked it so much, there was a big flow and it was super fun.
Awesome! So, I got to watch all of the races online, and you were always very upfront in your podium interviews when you made a mistake. Which one was the hardest to overcome?
The hardest mistake to overcome … I’d have to say as a racer definitely starting in neutral was very like, I’ve been racing for 17 years, I know I have to put it in gear. We have a video of it and we’ve watched it a bunch of times, and it’s really when I pulled back, cause my wheel started spinning, so when I pulled the bike back a little bit to keep it from hitting the gate, I hit my shifter and put it back in neutral. But I’d say, that second moto at Gopher where I fell and took forever to get back up, both mistakes were pretty annoying and both weren’t super big. I’m aware that we always make mistakes, and I think being a racer and being older the experience isn’t about making mistakes, but it’s knowing how to get them back and minimizing your mistakes and how-to, you know, “okay I made a mistake, it’s okay get over it.” You gotta keep going, keep the race going. We always make mistakes, I make mistakes all the time. I did race this weekend, and I fell about ten times, but you know, it’s part of the process. But it’s mostly about getting back on track. I don’t think there’s one mistake that was like “oh my god” and that changed the whole championship, there were just a few mistakes along the way, but it’s part of the process.
Yeah, absolutely. And one of the biggest lessons that you learn in this sport is just learning how to get back up again and overcome those obstacles.
Yeah, I once had a trainer that told me you have 0.5 seconds to get over it. Cause you gotta keep racing. Otherwise, if you take longer than that you’re ruining your whole race, so you know you make a mistake “okay, fine, it’s done.” Like nothing good is gonna come from thinking about that mistake for the whole race, cause then you’re not racing forward.
Yeah, absolutely. What does your off-season look like and looking into 2022 what does that look like for you?
So my off-season actually started yesterday, I got back in school. I’m already knee-deep in homework, so I pretty much think that’s what it’s gonna look like until April. And then from April, I have an internship for nine weeks, so it’s gonna be a really really full winter of University! But I’ll try to keep in shape and we always work out a few times a week anyway. We also all bought snowmobiles, well we’ve had one for a couple of years, but I got my own snowmobile, so does my boyfriend, so we’re just gonna ride snowmobiles this winter. And other than that, that’s pretty much it. I would’ve loved to travel, but I feel like it’s kind of a bit too uncertain for now. You have to buy so much insurance just in case COVID hits, that it’s so expensive, it’s not really worth it. So I think that will have to wait, but other than that I’m gonna train and stuff. Then for the 2022 season, honestly I’m not really sure just yet. It depends, I heard there was going to be West Coast rounds, but I haven’t heard yet any details about dates and how it’s going to work and stuff. And my internship is still supposed to be going on until the end of June, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it to the West Coast. I could fly if that was an option but for now, it’s not really on my radar, but we’ll see as it goes once the schedule comes out. Other than that, I’m for sure going to be going for the championship again on the East coast and just doing a few races here and there to have fun and get some more track time.
Yeah, absolutely. Do you have any plans to do any more of the pro class races this upcoming season?
Yeah, for sure! I always love to do them. They’re always a challenge. I’ve done a few of them this year. Last year I would double class on the same day, both pro and WMX, and I felt like I always had to put my focus on WMX, and 250 was just kind of like a side class. So whenever I went to the 250 class whether it was before or after my WMX moto, I kind of held back a little just to keep some energy, not make mistakes and stuff. This year we started out with Walton, and it was the Friday round for 250, so we didn’t have any WMX that day, only 250, and I went out and got the best results I’ve gotten yet on dry ground. I got 16th last year, but it was a full mud moto. So on the dry ground I got 26th I think, which was, from a full gate, it was the best I’ve gotten. So we were like “you know what,” it just works a lot better when I only focus on one class at a time. So this summer I only did the ones that were on separate days, and I only ended up doing Walton One and then the Saturday at Gopher Dunes. But we’ll see next year how the schedule looks, what my championship is gonna look like, and we’ll just go from there. But yeah, I do plan to do some again.
Awesome, it’s really cool to see you out there battling with the boys.
Yeah, it’s so fun, you know, it’s a different vibe. Like sometimes I’ll go in my women’s moto and think that I’m going the fastest I can. And then I go out for 250 and just die for 35 minutes, and we look at the laps times and I was still going a few seconds faster a lap in the 250 than in the WMX. And it’s not because I don’t push in WMX, like I try to go as fast as possible, but somehow, you know, the adrenaline and stuff, when you’re more alone it’s not the same thing. So when I go in the 250 class I always go so much faster.
Yeah, it was definitely something I noticed looking at your lap times comparing the two classes like it’s some sort of subconscious, “not worth the risk” thing when you’re out there all by yourself. So yeah, it’s cool to see, and as you said earlier, you definitely have more in the tank if you end being challenged in that WMX class.
Yeah, it’s not like the kind of tank that you can go into full time for the whole moto, but like, if necessary for a lap or two, I’ll take it out and I’ll do it. And I think I proved that whenever I started behind, it always took me less than a lap, or like a lap, to get back out front. It was like, when it’s time to go, I go, but whenever it’s a little calmer, there’s no reason for me to go in that tank. Like, I’m more of a conservative rider, I’ll go if needed, I won’t try stupid stuff. I’ve reached the age where I wanna get up the next morning and not feel like I got hit by a bus because I fell 15 times and hurt myself. So I won’t do a jump if I feel like it’s not necessary, or like a section, whatever, so I’ll do it whenever I have to, but I’ll be more intelligent about this whole thing.
Yeah, I’m on the same page here. I am just, you know, “if it’s not worth it, it’s not worth it. I gotta go to work on Monday.”
So Eve, thanks so much for joining me, it’s been a pleasure.
Thank you so much, thank you for having me.