Debbie Evans named the “Queen of Trials” by the motorcycling press is generally considered the best female trials rider in the history of the sport. In addition to her accomplishments in trials, Evans became even better known for her day job as a Hollywood stuntwoman. Evans emerged as one of the leading movie stunt performers in Hollywood and has earned numerous awards for her work in more than 200 movies and television shows.
Debbie Evans was born in Lakewood, California, on February 5, 1958 and learned to ride when she was just 6 years old. She entered her first trials when she was 9 and earned a third-place trophy. By the 1970s, Evans was recognized as the best female rider in trials riding, earning a sponsorship from Yamaha, expert classification in trials and winning the sportsman class at the U.S. Trials Nationals.
In addition to trials competition, Evans began giving exhibition shows, at fairs, local races, and eventually in front of tens of thousands of fans at AMA Grand National and AMA Supercross events. Her trademark move became a trick in which she would balance her motorcycle with the kickstand up and perform a headstand on the seat.
While she was attending college, Debbie was given the opportunity to do stunt work for a movie. Evans proved to be exceptional at stunt riding and rapidly became one of the leading stunt actors in Hollywood. She performed stunts on many of the top movies from the 1980s to present. She is famously known for doubling for Carrie-Anne Moss in the Matrix Reloaded, in one of the best motorcycle chase scenes in movie history. She has also doubled for Michelle Rodriguez in the Fast and the Furious and Thandie Newton in Mission Impossible II. She has been recognized for her accomplishments by winning numerous awards for her stunts, including a prestigious Taurus World Stunt Award in 2002.
Evans will always be remembered for her pioneering legacy in the sport of trials and for her accomplishments in the world of Hollywood stunt work.
Debbie Evans was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2003.
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