14-Year-Old Canadian Stacey Nesbitt First Woman to Win a National Road Racing Title

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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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  • James

    this is amazing. all her family over here in northern ireland are very pleased, and i can say that her aunt (Denise) was in my house last night, and i believe that she is on the phone to my mum as i type this. well done Stacey!!

  • http://www.statoniracing.com Grant

    Thank you for the write up. I like that the team name is explained and Toni is mentioned. She finished 10th in her first year in the series in 2009 having missed a couple of rounds.

  • Sue

    This is a great accomplishment, sounds like a great girl. We can’t take anything away from her, but how about Vicky Jackson Bell, 2000 125 US National Champ I believe?

  • Judy Nagy

    Congratulations Stacey! you are an inspiration to girls and young women everywhere. You are focused, determined, ambitious, passionate and a winner in every sense of the word. I will show the video to my 6 year old daughter. Thank you for being such a good role model – the world needs more girls like you. Keep racing!

  • http://www.trilliumtours.com trilliumliz

    Congratulations Stacey! Excellent race, well done! You’re a winner in every sense of the word. Thank you.

  • Chris

    Hi Stacey, My granddaughter was at your race yesterday at
    Mosport with her daycare group, (she is 7. She got an autographed photo of you and is very upset because when she
    got back to the daycare, someone took her bag with the picture inside. Any chance you could send me another photo
    for her. I would be so grateful. By the way, congratulations on your win…..good stuff. Pls email me
    and we can arrange for you to get my address.
    Regards