Interview by Sara DiMare/Photos by Eric Johnson, Heather Majcherek, Robert Campbell
Name: Lecksi Winger
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Sponsors: FMF, MSR (2014), Axo (2013), Factory Connection, Factory Backing, RK Chains, Excel Rims, Carter Powersports, Shoei, Matrix Concepts, Works Connection, X Brand Goggles
Lecksi Winger has motocross in her blood. Her father, brother, and even her mother raced. Lecksi started riding at the age of 7. That Christmas her brother had received a pw50. Once he started racing and got his first trophy, Lecksi needed a trophy of her own. In fact, she insisted on it. She soon had a Polini and within a year was at her first race.
After learning that her father, mother, and brother raced motocross, one realizes that motocross is in Lecksi Winger's blood. After seeing her brother receive a Yamaha PW50 for Christmas and earn a trophy soon after, Lecksi insisted on getting a bike and trophy of her own. Within a year, she had a Polini in the garage and a trophy in her room.
As a young girl, Lecksi never imagined she would be have reached the ranks she has after. Growing up, Lecksi participated on her school's JV basketball team as the starting point guard and led the team in scoring. But when basketball events began to coincide with motocross, she had to choose between the two and she went with what she loved more, which was motocross.
Things haven't been easy along the journey. When she was just 13 years old, she lost vision in her left eye. Although doctors did not believe she would regain sight initially, through the perseverance that she shows on the track she was able to get half of her vision back. Aside from a small scar above her pupil, you would never know this Phlebotomy student and profesional motocross rider has a disability because she has not let it hold her back. In 2012, she received her WMX license just before Lake Elsinore.
What would you say is the most interesting thing about you and why?
I would have to say that I race motorcycles. Not a lot of girls do.
What's it like with the people you go to school with and work with? How do they view your racing?
I don’t think the basketball coaches and players ever forgave me for choosing motocross. Some kids think it’s pretty cool, and some think you are lying. It’s cool to get those people to come out to the track, especially if they ride. The shock factor is priceless!
What rider do you most look up to?
Vicki Golden, because I wish I could throw around a bike the way she does. She puts the guys to shame!
When you are sitting on the line at the gate, what is going through your mind?
That I want the holeshot!
What is something people don't know about you that you wish they did?
I’m not too serious. I'm just living life and having fun!
What would you say to any girl that wants to ride?
I say go for it! It's a great activity, and a family oriented sport. You'll love every second of it.
What makes you love motocross?
That we get to be with friends and family, meet new people, and have competition that makes us push and scare ourselves into doing things that you thought were beyond your limits.
Do you have any special "pre race" rituals?
I have to pop a piece of gum in my mouth on the line right before every race.
What would you want to be your greatest accomplishment in the sport? The pinnacle of your career?
Going to the X Games in general would be a great accomplishment, because not that many people are invited. I don’t care if it's for Moto X or Enduro X.
Is there anyone else you would like to thank?
My parents for doing everything they could to get me to races, my brother for getting me into the sport and supporting me, and my boyfriend, Robert Campbell, for always being there and doing everything he can to get me races.