Out of the Blue: Bobbiejoe Campagna
By Jeff McConkey
Name: Bobbiejo Campagna
Birthday: June 12, 1991
Hometown: Westlock, Alberta
Occupation: Administration/Registration Clerk for Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, AB
Bike: 2011 YZ250F
Race Club: ADRA, AMSA, CMRC
Classes: Ladies, Ladies A, Ladies MX
How did you get started in racing?
I have a nephew that has been racing ever since he was five years old. Every year I was out at the race track watching him race and do what he loves most. It wasn’t until I started watching the ladies classes in 2013 that I thought I should be out there too. I always had a bike to ride in the trails on camping trips with family so I gave it a try and instantly became hooked.
As a little girl, did you ever expect to be this deep into a sport like motocross?
Never, but I can’t imagine not doing it now. It becomes a part of who you are, whether you are doing it professionally or just for fun.
Do you think motocross is harder for a female to compete in?
No and yes. No, because the ladies classes make it more comfortable for female beginners to start out. Although yes, because let’s face it, men are built different than we are. We don’t have all the strength that they do.
Who is your favourite rider and why?
That would be Chad Reed. I always enjoy watching him race. He is the most consistent supercross/motocross racer in the 2000-2009 decade and I believe that is key.
Is there one lady racer out there that you think has paved the way for other girls to be successful in the sport?
Vicki Golden, 100%. I think she is a big role model for girls to have the courage to ride and race. She has gone far with her motocross and being the first female attempting to qualify for supercross is a pretty big deal. Her style is so sick. Love it.
What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?
I would have to say Colton Facciotti. I enjoy his determination and charge to give it all he’s got. Even after you’ve fallen, gotta get back up and stay confident.
What is your favourite track and why?
Milestone MX track in Riverside, California. I had an amazing opportunity to go there last summer and this was one of many incredible MX tracks down in that area. It has four different tracks on it from beginner to intermediate and pro levels. Also has a cool little pro shop with anything you need!
Who is your hero?
Honestly, I would have to say ALL moto parents are my heroes. Some kids don’t realize that they have things pretty good with their parents traveling all around the province or country to take them to events and races.They commit just as much as the racer does, I think that deserves an award!
What are your goals for this season?
Goals for this season are to make it to as many races as I can this year with no injuries!
What are your biggest accomplishments?
That I came back in full recovery from last season’s injury and ready to take on the new 2015 race season!
What is your favourite part about going to the races?
The people. You could go out there completely alone and instantly start meeting new people and making friends. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly. Even though we’re competing on the track, we are all really great friends off the track. It’s so great.
What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?
I’m actually really busy with getting a motocross sponsorship program together for riders. It’s called Disturbed Industries. I started it a couple years ago but now I’m putting a push on it. It started just as a motocross brand but I am hoping it will become a big sponsorship program in the future and be more involved with riders. Check out the Facebook page!
Is it important to have a motocross racer as a boyfriend/partner, or just a bonus?
I used to think it was very important because it’s something that you both experience together bringing relationships closer. But it could also be a distraction as well. As long as you have someone supporting what you love to do, you are golden.
If you ever have children, will they be motocross racers?
It’s really up to them. There will always be dirtbikes in our garage so my kids will grow up around them. But I would never push them to do something they didn’t want to do. Odds are looking good though ;)
Who do you want to thank?
Big shout-out to the moto families that have helped me out all through the season. My moto parents Jim and Wendy Barber, Jack and Yvonne, Disturbed Industries, Factory Backing, BTO Sports, AXO, Ride Live Be, Spy, and Dunlop tires. And last but not least my boyfriend.