This bio for Melissa is from the Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. web site:
"Melissa began riding motorcycles much later than most. She learned to ride at age 20 and a year or so later she started competing in local club races. After a few years racing primarily on 125cc and 250cc machinery she made her professional debut in the 2009 Daytona 200. That same year she became the first woman to qualify for a World Supersport event.
Since then she’s had the opportunity to race in MotoAmerica, Spanish CEV championship and several 24 hour World Endurance events. In her spare time Melissa likes to train by riding motocross and flat track. She also has a two year old son who is already destined for two-wheel greatness."
August 31st, 2020 | 1 hr 7 mins
altus motorsports, cam petersen, cameron petersen, chris geiss, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, gsxr-1000, josh hayes, learn, melissa paris, motoamerica, motorcycle, motorcycle racing, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, mp13, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, racing, ride, riding, safety, stock 1000, suzuki, wrenching
In this episode I have a great chat with Melissa Paris. Melissa is a self-proclaimed street squid who snuck her way into racing and is currently the lead technician for the Altus Motorsports team which races a Suzuki GSX-R 1000 in the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 series with rider Cameron Petersen on-board. We start off talking about the team’s very successful weekend at PittRace, where rider Cam won both Stock 1000 races. We also talk about how Melissa got into motorcycles in college and made the progression from street rider, to track rider, to club racer, and then to mechanic, professional racer, and team owner. And we discuss relationships and motorcycles, including a little bit about her son Hawk and her husband Josh Hayes and how banging handlebars with your spouse on the track can be very therapeutic and great marriage counselling!