We got the chance to chat with Miss Cooke about being a new mom, her come back season and what it's going to be like having a two racer house hold with boyfriend Tyler (Medaglia) challenges the MX1 class.
You're back on a Kawasaki? Have you had a chance to ride it at all? Any thoughts about the new versus the old?
Yes, I'm back on a Kawasaki. I've only rode a few times so it's hard to say as I'm still beating the cob webs off!! *laughs* It's been a while, you know? The power is certainly more instant than in the past and I believe that has to do with the fuel injection. I am definitely looking forward to getting the bike set up for me just right and really laying down some laps!!
What are you plans for the season?
So far, my plans are to get as much local racing in as possible. I'm planning on racing the east coast women's nationals, potentially Walton. I'd like to race Kamloops too, but that has more to do with the fact that I just love that track so much. *laughs*
Are there any specific goals you wish to achieve?
My main focus this year is to get back up to speed and then some! Looks like the competition has gotten steep while I was away. I would also like to win as many races as possible! Haha!
Who do you anticipate will be your biggest competition?
Honestly I'm not really sure who will be racing the east coast, and with the races on Saturday I'm not so certain what kind of riders will be showing up, but I'm just going to do my best and go out with the intention of winning.
What do you anticipate being the hardest thing?
Travelling to the races as a family I think is going to be tough. Luckily Tyler's mom, Leanne, will be at all the races so she will be able to help out. It will be important that there are no distractions, and Talon can be a pretty large distraction. *laughs* Luckily the east coast for me is all Saturday racing, it could work out just fine! I mean, if I'm racing Saturday and Tyler's racing Sunday, time will be split well. Only time will tell on all this parenting stuff, on and off the track! *laughs*
Who's helping you out this season? Sponsors?
This season so far is happening with the help of Randy Macleod from Freedom cycle has set me up with a bike through Kawasaki, Joe Skidd suspension, Spy optics, TLD Gear,and HAF skate and tattoo. I'm still looking to set things up with a few more sponsors ,but nothing has been set in stone as of right now.
How important is to have family (yours and Tyler's) to support you?
Motocross is a family sport, no question. It's always been a family event for me. Having both families being familiar with what it takes to be at the top of your game makes things a whole lot easier because there is an understanding that motocross comes first. We make time for other things we love, but being the best you can be on a bike is what the focus is.
What hurdles do you think you're going to come across?
I think the biggest hurdle is going to be Tyler and I getting to train together. We both like to do a lot of the same activities, and we enjoy doing them together, which is great. When it come down to it, though, Tyler's training will come first. I think I might have a hard time with that one at first. *laughs*
Being a new mom is hard enough. Add to that coming back to a sport that's difficult and very physical at the best of times. How do you plan to balance mother hood and racing?
I really have no plan on how I'm going to do this. *laughs* I think it will all work out and we will just make it work... Tyler and I are pretty easy going when it comes to Talon; he has a lot of love around him with both our families and friends.
How do you think having a child will affect your racing?
Not too sure about this one yet, can I get back to you? *laughs* So far I haven't had to slow down, but I am so lucky to have a ton of support to help out. Talon is definitely going to get comfortable at motocross tracks! *laughs* He comes practicing with us and we trade off watching him, or any one of our friends will hang out with him while we are there. Once he starts walking I'm sure things will be different!! We'll have a harder time keeping up with him, but right now he's doing great at the track.
Well, thank you very much for your time. It was a pleasure.
No problem. Any time.
Look for Miss Cooke at the Eastern Nationals and at races around Ontario aboard her mean, green Kawi. I, for one, am looking forward to see her rip it up once again.