Mackenzie Cook, a competitive dirt bike racer who at 8 years old has already raced at the Monster Energy Supercross in Vegas! She has been riding a dirt bike since she was 4 years old and hasn’t put it down since. She competes in AMA National West Hare scrambles as well as local off road and motocross races. Mackenzie has stood on the podium for 17 of her 34 races and placed 1st in the jr 50cc class in the OMRA GP series for 2014. This will be her first year riding in the 65cc class for kids up to 11 years old where she will face stiffer competition, a chance she loves.
Mackenzie’s past races lasted about 45 minutes. She plans to start racing in 80 – 90 minute races in the next year or two. Now if you don’t think racing a dirt bike for 45 minutes is hard physically then you have never been on a dirt bike let alone in a race! Riding is very physically demanding. Mackenzie stays active all year round playing soccer (Her dad coached this year.) and playing basketball. She also runs around exploring with her sister Alice, near their country home.
Hi Makenzie! I wanted to highlight your dirt bike riding career in this months featured sled pup article and was hoping to ask you a few questions.
Erin: When did you start racing off road/motocross?
Mack: When I was 6 years old at the Funky Chicken. (AMA National West Hair Scramble)
Erin: What kind of bike do you ride?
Mack: KTM 65sx
Erin: How many races have you done?
Mack: This weekend will be my 35th race.
Erin: What is your favorite thing about racing?
Mack: Winning!!! ( laughs ) My favorite thing is that I get to go out and have competition. I like the new obstacles at each new race and I like learning new ways to go faster through stuff.
Erin: What/Who got you into riding dirt bikes?
Mack: My mom and dad.
Erin: I know you went to supercross in Vegas this year and got to race against kids from all across the USA on a huge supercross track. How was it?
Mack: Hard! Their was really big whoops and a really big finish jump.
Erin: Were you scared to race in such a big race?
Mack: Yes, I get butterflies before every race but the butterflies go away when I get going. Vegas was super fun.
Erin: Do you plan to keep racing offroad/motocross?
Mack: I would love to keep racing off road. I like races in the trees. Riding over the logs. I want to try desert races too.
Erin: What other sports do you play?
Mack: Soccer and Basketball.
Erin: What is your favorite sport or outdoor activity?
Erin: Who is your biggest inspiration when it comes to riding and playing sports?
Mack: My Mom and Dad.
Thank you Mackenzie!
Keep an eye out for this girl she may me be one of the first big names we see on the Motocross track.