Female illustration in motorbike racing has vastly improved through the years. With top-10 Dakar finisher Laia Sanz, MotoE rider Maria Herrera, and Supersport 300 World Champion Ana Carrasco taking it to the boys on the highest stage, increasingly more women are taking to racing.
One such rider is MotoAmerica Junior Cup competitor Kayla Yaakov, and the 15-year-old rider simply claimed the primary victory for a feminine within the MotoAmerica collection. Yaakov began the race weekend at Shelton, Washington’s Ridge Motorsports Park by celebrating her fifteenth birthday on Friday, June 24, 2022. The Kawasaki rider saved the great instances rolling by securing third place in Race 1 earlier than rewriting the MotoAmerica file books with a Race 2 victory.
“Since Atlanta, it’s been a big thing, even before Atlanta, even before I started really racing, this is where I wanted to be.” admitted Yaakov. “To do it is really cool. This is crazy. It’s actually really cool to be up here with these guys because I’ve raced with them both. We all started around the same time, and it’s really cool.”
Yaakov’s race-winning efficiency was no flash within the pan both. The Altus Motorsports rider racked up 4 podium finishes all through the season with third-place finishes at Road Atlanta, Road America, and The Ridge. Number 31’s Race 2 outcomes increase her to fourth within the Junior Cup Rider’s Championship standings, simply eight factors adrift of collection chief Gus Rodio.
With 5 rounds left on the 2022 MotoAmerica calendar, the title remains to be up for grabs. Yaakov hopes to take her momentum into the following cease at California’s legendary Laguna Seca Raceway, the place her greatest hero cemented his MotoGP legacy.
“Obviously, Ana Carrasco and Maria Herrera and Melissa Paris and Elena Myers, but for me it’s always been Nicky Hayden. I live by a lot of his mottos,” added Yaakov.