In her second year of amateur racing in Canada’s CBR125R cup, Miss Stacey Nesbitt took the CBR125 Championship title at Mosport International Raceway in August 2011. According to the National race organizers this makes the 14-year old from St-Lazare, Quebec, one of the very few women in Canada to capture an amateur national road racing championship title. Greta Orchard was the first in Sidecar category 1989 and Marianne Fraser the first solo road racing champion in the Pro 125 in 1990!
Stacey Nesbitt Win Became Official At Final Race Round Mosport
Stacey won five of the 10 national series races on her number #316 Honda CBR125R. She began racing in 2009 – “just to try it” – sharing a bike with her sister Toni. She raced at the regional level while her sister used the bike to race at the national level, since Stacey was too young at that time to contest the Nationals.
The CBR125R series has a venue of 10 races, there were often as few as eight participants on the starting grid; as many as 15 at the last race of the year giving this series an average of 11 participants competing for the title through the 10 national dates. The series had 23 officially signed up contestants. The Honda CBR125R Challenge is a national Canadian spec racing series introduced to the Canadian Superbike Championship in 2008 after the introduction of the CBR125R sport bike to the Canadian market. It has had its growing pains but has become a truly great place for young riders to try their talent at the softer side of road racing.
Stacey’s win was official at the finale race, at Mosport International Raceway (renamed to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada 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.
Stacey 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.
Regarding her race effort at Mosport, she said, “It was my intention to let the others go, but when I saw so many in front I thought I may not end up where I need to be, so I went forward and took it where it went.” When told of setting a world record, her response was “Oh my gosh, cool.”
The CBR125R amateur series has been successful in developing new, young talent in Canada’s challenging road racing community – that may have otherwise not happened. Due credit to Honda Canada for their support!
Congrats to Stacey! We hope to see more!
*some source via Honda Canada