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JACQUELINE FURTADO

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What’s your name?

Jacqueline Furtado

Where are you from?

Placerville, CA

Who is(are) your rider(s)?

Jesse Furtado

How long have you been a moto mom?

Six years

Were you into motorcycles before becoming a moto mom?

I grew up riding for fun when I was young. Before Jesse was born I got heavy into building and racing Drag Banshees at the sand dunes. Jesse would be considered a fifth-generation racer in our family but the first motocross racer; the others were desert racers.

Describe a typical race weekend for you.

It's just Jesse and me, so we have a pretty solid working relationship. I have a small trackside Cobra and TM dealership so he helps me set up and promote. I feel bad sometimes because he has to go to the line by himself or work on his bike himself if I am busy with a customer. He is a good sport though and has become a pretty independent racer. Either way, we get it done.

What’s your family’s favorite meal at the track?

Me and Jesse just kind of free for all but I would say Coach Robb of Complete Racing Solutions has Jesse pretty hooked on chocolate milk as his main source of nutrition.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions while spectating?

Yes. I take Jesse to the line and he picks a gate. I tell him I love him and blow him a kiss. I am not allowed to talk to him after that as he does meditation for his gate drop. When the one minute board comes up, I stand back and say a prayer for his confidence and safety.

Most nerve-wracking moment watching your kid(s) race/ride?

Watching him lead an entire moto at AZ Open, last corner, last lap headed for his first AMA title when something happened and 2nd place was able to get by. I melted down in tears, he was able to pick up his first title that week though.

Favorite part about being at the track?

Watching all of the kids progress and chase their dream.

Favorite and least favorite part about traveling to the races?

I drive for a living so driving anywhere to race just kills me but I love traveling new places as much as Jesse does. We always will have amazing memories together.

Craziest travel story?

It would have to be traveling to spring nationals this year when the coronavirus pandemic started. Little information and cell service made it stressful.

The most important lesson motocross teaches at a young age.

Hard work, dedication, how to handle success and disappointment.

What’s your secret to getting all the dirt stains out of riding gear?

Call O'Neal and Order new gear haha.

Proudest moment of your career as a moto mom thus far?

When he barely lost his first title at AZ Open gathered himself, went out and got his first title in the next lass a couple of motos later.

What’s your favorite track?

Freestone County Raceway or Baja Acres

Who is your favorite pro racer?

Ryan Dungey for his well-roundedness.

What is your favorite music?

Ummm, probably 90s Alternative and Grunge but I listen to EVERYTHING!

What is your favorite movie/tv show?

I don’t have time to watch TV haha

What is in your red solo cup?

Red wine

Any advice for the moto moms of the future?

Honestly, I love helping new families and moms learn. I have made a lot of mistakes and love to pass on the knowledge I have gained from those mistakes. They are welcome to contact me anytime. Most of all cherish the memories!

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