MotoGP » Melissa Paris - Q&A

“I went into [the Tech 3 MotoGP ride] expecting them to give me maybe 5 laps. Instead they basically filled it with fuel and told me to have fun with it” - Melissa Paris.

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December 09, 2011 10:48 AM

Good to see she enjoyed the experience.

She is honest in her outlook, and assessment of what it may take to get females on the grid.
Is it true her first race was Daytona, she must have what would she have....

Jake - Unregistered

December 09, 2011 12:04 PM

What I'd like to see is simply a female that gets press on the merits of her riding and results and not the fact that she is female and good looking. It's really simple if a female offers a team the best chance at winning she will get a top ride. But that isn't the case. And women like Melissa don't help the situation. I am not anti-Melissa, I knew her a bit before she went AMA and she's really nice. But honestly if based purely on her results and not that she is female and married to a high profile rider she wouldn't get the attention that she gets.

Not quite to the same extent but still the same is Elena Myers. She gets more press and attention then the guys that are beating her. As far as I am concerned once you put on a helmet and get on the bike it's about talent not sexuality. To date no woman has shown she can compete with the top guys. That's just the fact

Dutch69Camaro - Unregistered

December 09, 2011 12:34 PM

@Jake. In in ideal world that would be the case, but this has always been the case to some extend. Take a look at Karel Abraham, he is where he is because of his fathers money. He sure does pretty good, no question about it, but there are better riders out there that could be there in his place.
Now Melissa might not have a lot of money to bring, but she brings something else to her sponsors. I don't think it is any more of a problem than that of someone who brings money. She is honest about the fact that because she is famale it does open doors...but she also knows that to get to the top it will take a lot more than that...

MM - Unregistered

December 09, 2011 1:06 PM

Think Dutch has a fair point! And the fact that she is not posing for pictures wearing bikinis do count on her favor on that matter too! Hope she can do well next year.

kirk66 - Unregistered

December 09, 2011 1:22 PM

If Melissa is good then Elena is a future champion. The differences between the two are huge. Melissa is a good racer that will ALWAYS be a mid-pack finisher. Elena has the ability to consistanly be in the top 10 and many times in the top 5. She's under 20 and the sky's the limit. The biggest obstacle for both women is upper body strength endurance for world class racing. Without it they will race hard and fast at first then fade in the last 5 laps. Good training is the future of female motorbike racing.

jake - Unregistered

December 09, 2011 1:25 PM

@dutch. Fair doubt I am a realist. but there is a difference between getting an opportunity and having talent. In the case of Karel yes is family's money got him the opportunity and he did as good if not slightly better then expected. No body expected him to win or poduim or be a front runner.

but then you take Paris. Fair enough being a female gets her sponsors, rides and press. But she hasn't come anywhere close to delivering. Male or female that is what I have a problem with.

People complain about the lack of competition in racing and are quick to blame electronics. But are just as quick to ignore the fact that the best riders aren't always getting the best shot at a good ride

jake - Unregistered

December 09, 2011 1:31 PM

It's not just with females either. I remember back in 2000 when Ducati gave Bostrom the factory SBK ride over Baylis when it was clear to anyone with eyes that Baylis was the better rider. But Bostrom was more "marketable". It's the same with teams needing a Spanish rider or German rider ,etc......

I understand it's a business. But it is still supposed to be a sport. So it's very annoying to me when I see a rider who finishes 7th ot 8th get more press and opportunities that the rider that won more races and the title.

again nothing against Melissa, I've ridden with her. but the thing is, she is what she is... a very average rider. If woman want to compete aganist men then they should be held to the same standard or what's the point? If I were racing and got her results no one would give a damn

booboo - Unregistered

December 09, 2011 3:21 PM

@jake Not to be to rude just pointing out the obvious. Nobody gives a damn now. I say to Melissa, you go girl. If I was given a chance to ride an m1 because I had 3 testicles it really wouldn't bother me if I couldn't ride better than mid pack or dead last. I'd get on it and ride, and would care less what anyone else thought.

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