Women in motorsport – Melissa Paris


Less than a year after throwing her leg over a motorcycle for the first time, she was entering her first race at the Streets of Willow Springs on a CBR600RR. Although she started well past the mid-point of the season she turned expert in time for 2005. On the advice of more experienced friends Melissa sold the 600 and bought a 1998 RS125 for her first expert season. She rode the GP bike to several WSMC podiums. After moving to the East Coast in 2006 she secured her first 125GP win at Roebling Road and began making the transition back to the middleweight classes. 2007 saw Melissa competing in the WERA National Challenge Series and WERA National Endurance Series where she co-rode to several wins and even more podiums. She also made a few USGPRU appearances on the Celtic Racing 125, taking a third place during the AMA Superbike event at Miller Motorsports Park. For 2008 Melissa decided to compete in the hotly contested USGPRU 250GP class aboard a 2000 Honda RS250. Despite some growing pains with the new machine and a little bad luck she still walked away with two pole positions, a win, and a third place finish to secure fifth in the National Championship. In addition, she was the winner in a battle royale at Daytona International Speedway for the CCS Lightweight GP National Championship (www.melissaparis.com/bio.php)









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