Out of the Blue | Kate Legassie | Presented by Schrader’s
By Jeff McConkey
Name: Kate Legassie
Birthday: January 23, 1989
Hometown: New Sarepta, Alberta
Occupation: QA/QC & Weld Inspection
Number: #100 (2017), #169 (2016)
Bike: 2006 KTM SX125 & 2012 RMZ250
Race Club: CMRC, Peace Motocross Association
How did you get started in racing?
I have always had a lot of passion for dirt biking but I gained interest in racing when I met my fiancé, Parker Hoppe.
As a little girl, did you ever expect to be this deep into a sport like motocross?
I wished to be. Unfortunately, it wasn’t an option for my family. But it has definitely always been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember.
Do you think motocross is harder for a female to compete in?
No. I think if a female has drive and love for this sport she can easily go a really long way with it.
Who is your favourite rider and why?
My favourite female rider is Courtney Stelter. She is a consistent, skilled rider and also a friend of mine. I really admire her passion and dedication to motocross. She is always down to ride and she goes out of her way to coach me and help me progress.
Is there one lady racer out there that you think has paved the way for other girls to be successful in the sport?
I really admire Vicki Golden. She has some pretty awesome career highlights and can run with the boys which is super-impressive.
What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?
#148 Parker Hoppe. Not only is he super-fast and talented but he makes riding look effortless. I am lucky to have him as a private coach (Laughs).
What is your favourite track and why?
My favourite track is Perris Raceway. Night riding is such a fun experience and it’s also in California and you can’t beat riding in California!
Who is your hero?
My hero would have to be my stepmom, Kathy. She passed away in 2007 from cancer. In our 10 years together she taught me work ethic, how to be independent and how to ride a motorcycle. She was a strong woman who had a smile on her face until her last day. I believe she is part of the reason I am who I am today.
What are your goals for this season?
My goals for this season are to get faster, jump higher and make it to Nationals. I would also like to get onto a new Honda.
What are your biggest accomplishments?
I have many great accomplishments off of the track but not many on it, as I am new to the race world. My biggest moto accomplishment at this point was being able to ride the big boy tracks in California this winter. It is super-intimidating and really busy. Also, most days I was the only girl out there but I did it everyday and I came out of that trip with more skill and confidence.
What is your favourite part about going to the races?
I love the energy from everyone. It is an intense environment.
What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?
My favourite thing would have to be trail riding with my friends. I also enjoy working out and riding my Harley.
Is it important to have a motocross racer as a boyfriend/partner, or just a bonus?
For myself it is an absolute must. There is nothing better than being able to share your passion with your significant other. We love moto and we love riding together. It is a great lifestyle and we have lots of fun doing it. I can’t imagine our life without it.
If you ever have children, will they be motocross racers ?
Absolutely. I believe motocross is a great sport for kids to learn important life skills and lessons. In my experience, moto people are also really good people.
Who do you want to thank?
I want to thank Parker for his free mechanic skills, one-on-one coaching and support, Keellie and Courtney for always wanting to go ride and keeping it fun. I love you ladies. The Hoppe Family, Alberta Cycle, Cruella Oilfield Inspections Ltd, Decal Works, Peace Motocross Association and Triple J Pipelines.