Out of the Blue | Kenzie Black | Schrader’s

By Jeff McConkey

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Name: Kenzie Black
Date of Birth: 01/25/89
Hometown: Brooklin, ON
School and Grade or Occupation: Kindergarten Teacher
Number: 125
Bike: KTM 150
Race Club: OCMC, Burnt River Racing Series, MMRS
Class: Ladies A

This week, we feature Kenzie Black from Brooklin, Ontario. | Brianna Simpson photo

Who got you get started in racing?

Where I rode horses when I was younger, I would see the guys go out riding all the time and I really wanted to try it. I finally convinced my friend to help me find a bike. I got my first bike and I was hooked.

As a little girl, were you a ‘girly girl’ or a ‘tomboy?’

I was a tomboy. I spent most of my time at the farm, riding horses and covered in dirt and mud. I spent a lot of time ATV-ing and snowmobiling with my dad and sister.

Is there one female out there that you think has paved the way for other girls to be successful in moto?

There are several females that have helped to pave the way for other girls to be successful in moto. I believe Ashley Fiolek is an inspiration for female riders. She was the first female to earn a factory ride and has won several Championships.

As a racer, are there any obstacles that you feel a female racer has to deal with that maybe a male racer doesn’t?

I find there are less classes available for an adult female racer. I don’t mind racing the boys but I know many people that are intimidated by them, especially when it is a full gate.

Who do you like racing against better, the girls or boys?

I have made several girl racing friends so I enjoy racing with them. We can be competitive and still support one another. We help each other at the gate and if I got injured badly on the track I know one of my friends would stop to help me out as I would do for them.

Who is your favourite female rider and why?

I started to ride in 2015 and found out about a track in Burnt River. I started to ride there and was amazed by Brook Greenlaw’s speed and talent. I looked up to her then and I still do. She has been great and helped me with tips throughout the years I have been riding there. One day I would love to be as fast as Brook.

Is there a racer you look up to and why?

One racer I look up to is Ken Roczen. The determination he had to race again after having such a terrible crash at Anaheim is unbelievable. To go from almost losing his arm to racing at the highest level again is amazing. His dedication to the sport is clear and he is one racer that inspires me to keep going and never give up.

Do you have a ‘can’t miss’ race or event that you try to attend every season?

I love racing every Tuesday evening at the OCMC races. It is something to look forward to throughout the work week and I have made so many friends there.

Who is your hero?

My hero is my mom. Sadly she passed in 2016 due to health reasons. She was the strongest, most inspirational person I know and my role model. She fought through difficulties that I know most people would never have been able to get through and she was able to keep a smile on her face throughout the tough times. I will be honoured if I become even half the woman she was.

“The amount of people that have come up to me to offer help, advice or just to check in on me because they notice I am on my own is amazing. I have made so many friends in the motocross world and appreciate how kind and helpful people can be. I have never met kinder people who look out for one another.” | Photo supplied by Kenzie

What are your plans and goals for the 2019 season?

Unfortunately, I had a very short racing season this year. I broke my ankle racing at the end of June and needed surgery and some hardware put in. It has been a lengthy healing process but I plan to be back on the bike and racing next year. I would like to compete at MMRS, Burnt River, and OCMC in motocross races as well as compete in more enduros and cross country races. The more seat time the better!

What are your biggest accomplishments to date?

I’d have to say my biggest accomplishment to date was moving up to Ladies A after only one season of racing at OCMC and Burnt River. I was First Overall in Ladies B in 2016 and moved up to Ladies A for 2017 and received 2nd Overall for the year at Burnt River Racing Series.

What is the biggest lesson that racing motocross has taught you so far?

I think that the biggest lesson racing motocross has taught me is that you don’t have to be friends or even know someone to help one another out. I tend to go to races and tracks on my own which in the beginning was intimidating until I realized I had people that looked out for me. The amount of people that have come up to me to offer help, advice or just to check in on me because they notice I am on my own is amazing. I have made so many friends in the motocross world and appreciate how kind and helpful people can be. I have never met kinder people who look out for one another.

Most female racers leave the sport much earlier then male racers. Why do you think that is?

I think this may be due to life changes. After having a family, a female racer may decide to stop riding in case they get injured or they may not have enough time to race with children. They may also find more joy in watching and helping get their children into racing.

Kenzie is coming off an injury, so watch for her at a bunch of races in 2019. | Katarina Zupan photo

Do you think it is possible for us to ever see a female Supercross champion?

I think that is a possibility. I don’t know if it will happen anytime soon, but I think at some
point it can happen.

If you ever have children, will they be motocross racers ?

If that’s what they want to do, then they will be motocross racers. I would love to be able to ride dirt bikes with my children.

Who do you want to thank?

I would like to thank my family and friends for always supporting me in what I do. I would also like to thank FXR Racing, Ryno Power Sport Supplements, and Never Enough Chrome for sponsoring me for the 2018 season.