Randy's Rookies: Stacey Nesbitt, motorcycle racer
Published Friday, September 30, 2011 7:44AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, June 7, 2012 3:01PM EDT
MONTREAL- If you want to find the fastest racer on two wheels in Canada, don't look at the boys.
14-year-old Stacey Nesbitt made history this summer when she became the first woman to win a National road race championship series in Canada.
"It's so much fun, I love speed and I love being able to control it and being able to know I can do this, I just love it," said Stacey.
The St. Lazare teenager's passion for motorcycles comes straight from her dad and grandfather.
"I've always followed the races myself. When I was a child younger than Stacey I'd go to the road races with my father back in Ireland," said Grant Nesbitt.
But watching races wasn't enough for Stacey, who earned her scooter license at age 12, then got her racing license and immediately started competing.
This season, her second on the track, she defeated all comers in the Honda CBR125R Challenge, racing small-engine, street-legal motorcycles.
"You definitely need confidence and determination, and you need to have fun whenever you're doing it," said Stacey.
Stacey is not the only racing Nesbitt woman. Her older sister, Toni, raced in 2009 and 2010, but this year worked as her sister's pit crew.
"I like just being able to say she's my sister and see my sister got first place," said Toni.
To parents who think sitting astride a motorcycle is the equivalent of jumping out of a plane without a parachute, the girls' father says riding on the track is safer than riding on the street.
"We have a lot of parents that have said 'Are you mad, letting your daughter go out and race?' They don't understand the sport," said Grant.
Now that she's top of the division, Stacey is hoping to move up to a 250 cc engine.
"It feels quite good, especially when it's two boys beside you and I'm like 'Ha, I'm a girl and I still beat you," said Stacey.