Hoping to be back on the track in old form at Laguna Seca.

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Unlike most road racers, Melissa Paris doesn't have motorcycle racing in her blood. Growing up with four older brothers she naturally was a bit of a tom-boy. You'd think she might have picked up her love for riding motorcycles from one of her older brothers, but other than one ill-fated day of riding around on a mini-bike with no brakes that her Dad had bartered for, her childhood was ?lled with much more traditional sports. She played baseball from the age of 5 until 14 on a boys team, as well as some other sports including swimming, water polo, track, and even a brief foray into BMX racing.

It wasn't until her freshman year at SDSU that Melissa was introduced to motorcycles. After many spirited rides on the back of a friends' sportbike in the canyons of San Diego she was hooked. At the age of 20, with the help of a student loan she soon had a Yamaha FZR-600 and a set of leathers.

Less than a year after throwing her leg over a motorcycle for the ?rst time, she entered her ?rst race at the Streets of Willow Springs. 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 ?rst expert season. She rode the GP bike to several WSMC podiums.

When away from the race track Melissa can be found training on her road bicycle, at the pool swimming, or riding supermoto. She also has a love for working on her own bikes, a skill born out of necessity in herfirst years of racing.




What Goes Down, Must Come Up

Well, just as I imagined, sitting out the race at Barber Motorsports Park was torture. The last time I missed a race I meant to take part in I was at least on crutches with various titanium pieces and numerous staples holding my leg together. Being in perfect health with all of your equipment there at the race track while you play tourist is a whole other ball of wax.

As I mentioned in my last blog, the reason for missing Barber and Mid-Ohio has to do with my quickly dwindling budget. To say I’ve tripped over a few hurdles this season would be an understatement. A lot of people have been asking about what’s going on and the truth is, its a lot of things all tangled together. It would be nice to heap all the blame somewhere but that would take too much energy away from finding a solution. The truth is that the amount of luck it has taken for me to have gotten the experiences I’ve had at this point is unbelievable. There have been so many times when I thought I’d never figure out how to find the money to go racing, only to have it work out at the eleventh hour; its kind of inevitable that at some point this would happen.

That all being said, the amount of support I received from all of my friends, family, fans and sponsors after announcing my situation has been unbelievable. I’ve struggled more racing this year than I ever have. At times it felt like the more I put into it and the harder I worked, the worse things got. It’s been one of the most frustrating things I’ve ever dealt with. So, in the midst of all of that to get the overwhelming support of everyone was so amazing and humbling.

So I guess where I’m going with this rambling blog is that I just really want to say thank you to everyone who donated, bought a t-shirt, sent an email or said a prayer for me. It’s meant the world to me. It made watching everyone else race at Barber a tiny bit more bearable. It made me even more grateful for the opportunity I had to to test at NOLA. And its giving me even more motivation to get my program sorted out to be back on the track in old form at Laguna Seca.

Oh… did I mention that I have t-shirts for sale? (nudge, nudge. wink, wink. )

Out for Barber & Mid-Ohio

It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated my blog, and I definitely hate to do it for such a disappointing reason but here it goes anyway.

I will not be racing at the next two AMA Pro Racing rounds, at Barber Motorsports Park and Mid-Ohio. As has been the case with many others in our paddock, my budget has been very tight this year. I made some decisions earlier in the year that unfortunately did not work out as I had hoped they might, which leaves me in a spot where I do not have enough funding to finish the season.

As a racer, it’s a really difficult decision to make, but after speaking with a few people whose opinions I trust most, I realize the smart thing to do is to regroup and focus on coming back strong at Laguna Seca. It’s torture to sit on the sidelines, but it would be even worse to attempt to race without all the proper pieces in place.

We will work hard to have our equipment sorted out and hopefully more funding in place as we move towards the Laguna Seca round of the AMA Pro Racing Daytona Sportbike Championship. We continue to have t-shirts for sale on my website at . All sales contribute directly towards our race efforts. Further, anyone interested in partnering with MPH Racing can send inquiries to or click on the “Get Involved” link at

I really want to thank Yamaha, Yamalube, GYTR, Joe Rocket, MotionPro, LeoVince, Vesrah, DrippinWet, WIDSIX, Freegun, GB Racing, Braking, Zero Gravity and all of my amazing friends and fans for the support so far this year. I look forward to being back on track as soon as possible.


After moving to the East Coast in 2006 she secured her ?rst 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.

2009 saw Melissa pulling double duty on an R6 and her RS250. She became the highest placing female finisher in her first pro race, the Daytona 200 with a 21st place finish. Later in the year, she became the first female to qualify for a World Supersport Championship race. Meanwhile she was also fighting for the USGPRU National Championship. With two races to go, and one point out of the lead, she suffered a broken tibia and fibula. Two weeks later, she raced in attempt to salvage points and keep a chance in the championship. Unfortunately she crashed out at the finale and had to settle for second in the championship.

For 2010 Melissa focussed on riding the AMA Daytona Sportbike Series. Although her season was plagued with injury, she had her best finish in a Daytona Sportbike race, with 15th at Infineon Raceway. Once again she qualified and raced in the World Supersport Championship race at Miller Motorsports Park.

2011 saw Melissa again competing in Daytona Sportbike. In an effort to get more seat time, she also did several WERA West events, and despite missing several races finished 2nd in the B Superbike class. She also was invited to compete in a British Supersport Championship race at Brands Hatch as well as test the Tech 3 Yamaha M1 MotoGP bike in Valencia Spain.


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