BUSY BOUCHER GLAD TO BE HOME TORONTO, Ont. (June 8) -- Montreal motorcycle road racer Marie-Josee Boucher has had a busy past few weeks. But she wouldn't trade it for the world. The 28-year-old had the opportunity of a lifetime when she got...
BUSY BOUCHER GLAD TO BE HOME
TORONTO, Ont. (June 8) -- Montreal motorcycle road racer Marie-Josee Boucher has had a busy past few weeks. But she wouldn't trade it for the world.
The 28-year-old had the opportunity of a lifetime when she got a spot in the World Supersport Championship round at Miller Motorsport Park in Salt Lake City, Utah at the end of May. Although she didn't qualify for the feature race she didn't embarrass herself either, missing a spot in the final by about half a second.
"I enjoyed it very much and I was very glad to go there," Boucher said. "These guys are the quickest on Supersport bikes in the world, there is so much technology on the motorcycles and so many mechanics.
"It was nice to be able to ride with them. My first few laps were a bit intimidating but once I got into my bubble it was just like being at a regular race track."
Boucher hopes to put the experience to good use as she continues her battle in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, Que. June 12-14. The event, sponsored by Moto Journal, is the second round of the 2009 season.
Boucher finished 14th in the Parts Canada Superbike season opener at Calabogie Motorsports Park last month and was 11th in the Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike race on her Excel Moto Hondas.
"I was pretty happy with Calabogie," Boucher said. "I had never been on the track before and I was surprised with my result in the Sport Bike race, because there are a lot of strong riders in that class this year. We didn't have time to find the perfect set up on the Superbike and I had some problems at the start. They were both long races and the first of the year, so I got a little tired as well."
After her travels to the United States Boucher is looking forward to competing close to home. Not only will she get to sleep in her own bed but her major sponsor, Honda dealership Excel Moto is based in Montreal, not far from the track.
"There are a lot of people here that have supported me in my racing," she explained. "This is the home race for Excel Moto Honda so I hope to represent them well. I also have lots of friends who finally have a chance to come and see me race."
Boucher is the top female competitor in the Parts Canada Superbike national tour and last year she was also one of the best rookie Pros. She finished fourth in the HJC Pro Rookie of the Year standings and was an impressive 10th in the Pro Sport Bike rankings.
She admits it will be tough to improve on that this season.
"I think the Sport Bike series will be more competitive this year. Now Buell and BMW have teams in the class and there are a lot of good riders. If I can do top 10 in the points again I'll be very happy.
"In Superbike I'd like to run in the top 12. I know I can take my place now. But I won't get discouraged if I don't get those results."
Having had a taste of international competition, Boucher would also like to try and spread her wings beyond Canada as well. Her trip to the World Supersport event was her only experience racing outside of Canada except for a brief run at Daytona International Speedway.
"I'd never really been outside Canada to race and it was very exciting," she admitted. "Miller is a pretty big track and really fast. We have more technical tracks here in Canada. But the layout of Miller was very fun. I was very surprised. And I can't wait to go back."
The second round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship takes place June 12-14 at Circuit ICAR. For ticket information call (514) 955-4227 or visit www.circuiticar.com.