Teenaged Girl Makes Motorcycle Racing History and Wins Canadian Superbike Championship
A teenager from Quebec, Stacey Nesbitt, took home the Canadian Superbike Championship’s 2011 Honda CBR125R Challenge title.
Organizers say Nesbitt is the first woman to win a national open road racing overall championship outside of women-only events, of course.
At 14, Nesbitt, of St-Lazare, Quebec, took both Honda CBR125R Challenge races in the season finale at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario.
The wins gave Nesbitt at total of 421 points, which left her 52 points ahead of runner-up Austin Shaw-O’Leary.
Nesbitt won five of ten races over the season including the final four races to lock down the title.
The Honda CBR125R Challenge is a nationwide racing series introduced to the Canadian Superbike Championship in 2008, and Nesbitt, competing in just her second season in the series, brought home the title for Statoni Racing, a team named for her and her sister, Toni Nesbitt.
Her sister Toni Nesbitt raced in the 2009 and 2010 seasons and was part Stacey’s crew this season, so the family’s riding pedigree runs deep.
Nesbitt shows her cool during this post-race interview. That cool was gone in a heartbeat when the interviewer lets her know the extent of her achievement – being the first woman in the world to win a national title in open racing.
“I thought it was only in Canada,” Nesbitt said.
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