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14-Year-Old Canadian Stacey Nesbitt First Woman to Win a National Road Racing Title
Quebec teenager Stacey Nesbitt has won the Canadian Superbike Championship’s 2011 Honda CBR125R Challenge title. We’re still checking, but organizers are already calling Nesbitt the first woman to win a national road racing championship (excluding women-only categories).
The 14-year-old from St-Lazare, Quebec, swept both Honda CBR125R Challenge races in the season finale at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, to win the title with 421 points, 52 points ahead of runner-up Austin Shaw-O’Leary. Nesbitt won five races of ten races over the season including the final four races to cement the title.
The Honda CBR125R Challenge is a national spec racing series introduced to the Canadian Superbike Championship in 2008 following the introduction of the CBR125R sportbike to the Canadian market.
Competing in just her second season in the series, Nesbitt races for Statoni Racing, a team named for her and her sister, Toni Nesbitt. Toni Nesbitt raced in the 2009 and 2010 seasons and was part of her sister’s crew this season.
From the video below, Stacey Nesbitt seems to be very composed champion older than her 14 years in the post-race interview, but her youthfulness revealed itself when the interviewer told her she was the first woman in the world to win a national title.
“Oh I didn’t know that, I thought it was only in Canada!” says Nesbitt at around the 3-minute mark. “Oh my gosh, wow. Cool!”
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[Source: CSBK, Statoni Racing]
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