Out of the Blue | Morgan Holte | Presented by Schrader’s
By Jeff McConkey
Name: Morgan Holte
Birthday: June 27, 2000
Hometown: Bainville, Montana
School and Grade: Sophomore at Bainville Public School
Bike: 2016 and 2017 Yamaha YZ250F
Race Club: NDMA (North Dakota Motorcycle Association), MTXC (Montana Cross Country)
Classes: Women’s, Open C, 250C
How did you get started in racing?
When I was four my dad got me a dirt bike. He says that’s where the problem started (laughs). I have always had a passion for dirt bikes and it continues to grow daily.
As a little girl, did you ever expect to be this deep into a sport like motocross?
Yes, kinda. As a little girl all I ever wanted to do was ride my dirt bike.
Do you think motocross is harder for a female to compete in?
Somedays, yes. Being a female competing in a male dominant sport is always going to be tough but I try not to focus on that. Once I put on my helmet Im just another racer like everyone else.
Who is your favourite rider and why?
My favorite rider is Trey Canard. I’m really a fan of his positive way of thinking no matter what the circumstance is. Not many people have that kind of mindset.
Is there one lady racer out there that you think has paved the way for other girls to be successful in the sport?
I believe all ladies that ride are helping pave the way for other girls to be successful in the sport. The more ladies that ride the more recognition we will get to help grow our sport.
What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?
I don’t really have a Canadian favorite yet. That may change after we attend one of the women’s west coast series races in Regina this summer. I would love to come ride there since it’s close to home.
What is your favourite track and why?
Any track that’s not dusty. I really enjoy a well-groomed track. I would say my favorite track is The Rock in Bismarck, ND. I really like the layout of the track. The jumps are nice, it flows really well, and it’s really good for spectators.
Who is your hero?
That’s a tough decision to make. There are so many people that I look up to. My mom and dad are my heroes, they do everything they can to get me to all the races. I know they want to see me chase my dreams and without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.
What are your goals for this season?
My main goal for this season is to stay healthy and just try to grow as a rider. Stepping out of my comfort zone and pushing myself every time I ride but most importantly I just want to have a fun safe season.
What are your biggest accomplishments?
My biggest accomplishments so far are finishing 2nd and 3rd overall in the women’s class in the NDMA series. I also attended a couple cross country races this year and took 2nd place at my first race and 1st at the second race I attended. For never riding cross country I was very happy with that! I am looking forward to riding more cross country next year.
What is your favourite part about going to the races?
My favorite part about going to the races is spending time with my friends and family. They are what make race weekends complete to me. I enjoy making memories with them.
What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?
When I’m not racing I enjoy working out, riding my mountain bike, and hunting with my dad.
Is it important to have a motocross racer as a boyfriend/partner, or just a bonus?
Just a bonus, I guess? I have neither so it’s really irrelevant (laughs).
If you ever have children, will they be motocross racers?
I would like to think so, but I will leave that up to them. I will introduce them to moto and see what happens from there.
Who do you want to thank?
I would like to thank my parents for everything they do, Brittany Gagne for helping me on and off the track, Jason and Tina Weis with Team Bar Bangers, SouthLake Trucking, Blaines Auto Body, TnT Ag, Badlands Consulting, St. George Heating And Air, Engelke Excavating, Northern Oilfield Services, Mondak Sports, Dicks Racing Suspension, and Pro Line Graphics. Thank you to everyone else who has helped me along the way!