Stacey Nesbitt, 14, first woman to reach podium in Honda CBR125R Challenge The most amazing thing about Stacey Nesbitt isn’t that she’s a young woman riding a motorcycle. It’s not that she’s a wee wisp of a thing, barely 45 kilograms soaking wet on a 5-foot-5 frame. Nor is it that she’s only 14-years-old, a mere babe in the woods when it comes to motorcycle racing. It’s not even that she won the 2011 Honda CBR125R Challenge (although that is why I am writing this column), the first woman to win a fully accredited national road racing series in Canada (and, some have contended, the world).
No, the most amazing thing about Stacey Nesbitt is that she’s been riding a motorcycle for only two years. No riding of minibikes since she was a toddler in diapers, no father pushing her into junior motocross when she could barely walk nor even a whole bunch of time playing pillion behind Dad on his Harley. (Photo: Philippe Champoux/Moto123)
Young riders wait for the coffin of Honda MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli to arrive for his funeral service in Coriano on Thursday. The 24-year-old was killed during the Grand Prix race at Sepang on Oct. 23, when he lost control of his bike and was struck by fellow riders Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi. Photo: REUTERS/Stringer