Out of the Blue | Jamie Secord Abate | Presented by Schrader’s
By Jensen Amyotte
Name: Jamie Secord Abate
Date of Birth: March 18, 1985
Hometown: Currently living in Beeton, Ontario
School/Grade or Occupation: Landscape Forman, RMT (pending registration opening up), Mom!
Race Number: 18
Race Club: AMO
Classes: Open Beginner, Ladies A
Who got you into the sport?
I’ve always liked bikes. I started off riding more street, which led to Supermoto, which led to MX. I love the moto community and how it brings people together. The more people I meet the more I get into the sport!
When not on a dirt bike, how do you keep yourself busy?
During the summer I spend most of my time working outdoors, and when I’m not on site I spend as much time as I can with my little 5-year-old girl. I also have a small jewellery business in the works, as well as massage therapy.
As someone who has raced, are there any obstacles you feel a female racer has to deal with that maybe a male racer does not?
I believe there is a lot more competition female to female than we let on! As for a specific challenge us girls face, there just isn’t enough of us out there compared to the male turnout.
If you could give 1 piece of advice to a woman of any age who wants to start riding, what would it be?
Do it. Be confident. Learn to do your own maintenance, and get to know your bike.
Who is your all-time favourite rider?
There are many I admire, but I’m definitely on the (Eli) Tomac Train! Hahaha
Which kind of dirt do you feel you excel at riding in most?
I do better in the loamy and sandy conditions, and have always found hard packed challenging.
Is there an event you look forward to most every year?
I end up having a new fave event each year. I really enjoyed racing at Walton last year, so I’m looking forward to any race there this season!
Who has been your biggest inspiration/hero on and off the track?
I’ve always said my dad. He’s my #1 inspiration for living each day to the best of my ability and to just be grateful.
Tell us about your 2020 season and your plans for 2021.
2020 for me was a few races here and there early on. Then, a lot more practicing than anything. I feel like it was more difficult for most people with the restrictions. Shout out to all the people for making it possible for us to keep racing! GD, MP, WLTN.
What are your biggest accomplishments to date?
Expanding businesses and education/training in the past couple years, and raising my little girl!
What is the biggest lesson that being involved in motorsports has taught you so far?
It has taught me the value of community. It’s important to stay connected. It’s also shown me that I’m more resilient than maybe I give myself credit for!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
It would be awesome to have some property with a practice track. Hopefully, happy and healthy!
Are there any sponsors or people you would like to thank?
John and Mark from St. Onge, always there for help and support, my best friends and family for putting up with all the bike parts in the house, Desi for looking down on us, and Jensen for hooking this up!