On the Radar | Keegan Frederikse
By Jeff McConkey
Name: Keegan Frederikse
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
School and Grade: Richview Collegiate, Grade 11
Bike: 2012 KTM 150xc, 2016 KTM 250 sx-f
Race Club: MMRS, Off Road Ontario, OCMC
Classes: MMRS: Open and 250 Junior, Off Road Ontario: Intermediate, OCMC: Intermediate
How did you get started in racing?
Well, it definitely took a while before I started getting into racing. When I was 9, I got my first dirt bike which was a Honda CRF 70f and my dad and I trail rode for a year. In 2010, one weekend we decided to head over to Motopark for the first time and did a weekend of racing. My dad wasn’t too fond of the amount of ambulance calls there were in a weekend of racing, so that was my first racing experience, and didn’t leave a good impression. It was another two years before we went back to the track and this time it wasn’t motocross it was a cross country race and my dad and I both loved it. For a few years we strictly raced off road. It wasn’t until two years ago when I started racing motocross again and this year will be more focused on motocross.
What is your favourite track and why?
My favourite track is Cochrane’s because the first off road race I ever did was at Cochrane’s and we rode some of the track and a lot of trails and in that race I finished 2nd and ever since then I’ve liked Cochrane’s, and not to mention the track is also always prime and well groomed.
Who is your favourite rider and why?
My favourite rider would have to be Ryan Dungey because he is super talented, he works hard, isn’t dirty and is a nice humble guy.
What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?
My favourite Canadian Pro is Colton Facciotti because he has really done a lot for this sport in Canada and is also just really fun rider to watch.
Who is your hero?
My dad is definitely my biggest hero because he’s the one who is making all the sacrifices driving me out to the races every weekend, cheering me on, supporting me through good and bad (like breaking my collarbone this year) and pushing me to get better.
What are your goals for next season, and what is it going to take to reach them?
My goals for next year are to win the overall Off-Road Ontario Cross Country series championship in Intermediate, and to race a full MMRS series and be a contender in the 250 and Open Junior class
What are your biggest accomplishments?
Some of my biggest accomplishments were winning the 2014 Off-Road Ontario cross country championship in novice B, and last year winning my first Intermediate off road race at Gully Mor.
What is your favourite part about going to the races?
My favourite part about going to the races is racing, of course, but most of the time it’s about going and having a good time hanging out with your moto family and just making the best out of every weekend. In fact, I broke my collarbone this August and I wasn’t able to finish the season but I still went to the races to hang out with everyone and support them like they support me.
What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?
When I’m not racing, I’m just living a normal teenage life: going to school, hanging out with my buddies, going skiing in the winter, playing hockey and riding MTB year round. Oh, and girls of course.
Who would you like to thank?
I would like thank all my sponsors: Motocamp Canada, TEAMLTD, Alias MX, MD Distributions and Atlas Brace for all the support which otherwise would be very difficult to go racing every weekend. I also would like to thank my mom and dad, family and friends for the love and support they give towards racing motorcycles and doing the thing I love.