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About Mckenna kameka

 
 

It all started when…

Name: Mckenna Kameka
Birthday: October 20, 1995
Hometown: Corunna, Ontario

Occupation: ROCKstar energy triple crown office administration
Number: 709
Bike: CRF 150f
Race Club: Mini Thunder, with hopes of purchasing a 250 before 2019 season
Classes: 150 Trailbike

 
 

Out of the Blue | Mckenna Kameka | Presented by Schrader’s

By Jeff McConkey

How did you get started into racing?

I got into racing through the Honda Red Rider program back when I was 4 or 5.  Once I outgrew that bike, my dad continued to buy me bigger bikes.  During high school, I was forced to take a few years off to rehab a torn ACL, MCL, and broken patella (from racing) and then got heavily involved in wrestling and rugby.  After high school, I was recruited to the Varsity Wrestling team at Lakehead University.  After dislocating my shoulder, tearing my rotator cuff and labrum, as well as getting a few pins in my shoulder, I took a step back from wrestling and got right back on my bike.

As a little girl, did you ever expect to be this deep into a sport like motocross?

This is a tough question, yes and no.  Growing up I was never your average little girl; you’d always find me outside with the boys building jumps for our bikes or just playing in the mud.  But at the time, I was also a competitive gymnast (what a weird combo).  After a few nasty get offs and a few broken bones, it was decided that it was time to take a break from my bike.  So in the middle of high school, while rehabbing my knee, I took a few years off as well as giving up gymnastics.  Continuing to race motocross after that seemed like more of a dream rather than a legitimate option, but my perseverance and love for the sport brought me right back.

Do you think motocross is harder for a female to compete in?

Yes and no.  Women’s motocross has come a long way over the past few years, but I’ve also been racing against boys and men my entire life, and their size is a huge advantage! Little 5-foot-4 me has some trouble picking my bike up off of myself (Laughs).

Is there one lady racer out there that you think has paved the way for other girls to be successful in the sport?

I think any girl that can build up the confidence to throw a leg over a bike has been a part of “paving the way” for other successful females in the sport.  In particular, I really look up to Vicki Golden.  Not only has she been the first female to break top 10 in AMA Arenacross (2011), first female to qualify for an AMA Supercross Night Show (2011), first female to complete Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross (2015), as well as countless X Games medals, she is also an all-around awesome girl! I had the pleasure of meeting her after the Toronto Supercross this past year. She’s an excellent role model for any little girl, motocross racer or not.

Read full interview below:

http://www.directmotocross.com/out-of-the-blue-mckenna-kameka-presented-by-schraders/