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Heidi Cooke lays claim to seventh womens title, doesnt plan to stop

BROOKFIELD - Heidi Cooke never raced for championships.
Since she first got on a dirt bike at 17, all she ever wanted to do was go fast.
That resulted in her becoming the most successful female motocross racer of all time in Canada and the 28-year-old Brookfield resident added to her legacy recently by locking down her seventh crown in the past nine years.
"I never really looked at it like that," Cooke said. "If (going fast) gave me (the championships) then great but that's not what it's all about for me. I just like to ride and train and travel.
Her impressive collection of No.1 plates also includes five consecutive titles from 2001 to 2005.
The Freedom Cycle Monster Energy Cernic's Kawasaki rider dominated the Canadian Motosport Racing Club (CMRC) Royal Distributing Women's National Series this season, winning both motos in each of the series' four rounds. Cooke currently sits atop the points standings with 200, 57 points ahead of Jocelyn
The most points a rider can achieve in one round is 50, meaning her work thus far this season has left Cooke with none to do this weekend at the series finale at Sand Del Lee, near Ottawa.
But don't expect Cooke, nicknamed 'Hurricane Heidi,' to be backing off the throttle. Especially at her favourite track.
With a pair of wins she could sweep all 10 motos of the 2009 campaign. Cooke said she's also looking at running in the MX2 events with the men for a
"I'm not going to go out there and just ride around," the personable Cooke said, making her passion for running hard become more evident. "I wouldn't do well in MX2 but it would be cool to be out there battling for 30th place."
But Cooke was quick to make it clear she's not insulting her female counterparts and considers the other riders very talented.
"That's not a knock on the girls," she said. "I just like to push myself."
That's why Cooke has returned to her dominant self in 2009. After losing the championship to Florida native and KTM rider Jacqueline Ross in 2008, Cooke was bound to take back her title.
"I didn't want to let that happen again," Cooke said. "I wanted to be ready for her so I rode and trained hard and had that goal in mind. That's what I wanted to do and I did it."
The only blemish is that Ross didn't race this season due to a knee injury. So Cooke is hoping to get another shot at her rival in 2010 and hopes she can sign another deal with Kawasaki in the off-season to do so.
"I would love to race again next season," Cooke said. "We'll see what happens. It's tough to know what they'll have for sponsorship money with the economy the way it is."
But Cooke said a factory deal with Kawasaki has been a significant factor in her dominance this season.
"It was unbelievable," she said. "They just fit the bike for me and it handled great. Everything was looked after for me so it's a big weight off your shoulders."
With that in mind, don't expect Cooke's approach, or results, to be any different this weekend than they have been all year.
"I just want to be fast and keep getting faster," she said with a smile.

Organizations: Canadian Motosport Racing Club, National Series

Geographic location: Canada, MX2, Ottawa Florida

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