MOTORCYCLING: It's girl power as Polden roars to maiden victory

Georgina Polden with her trophy on the podium

Georgina Polden with her trophy on the podium

First published in Sport

Georgina Polden made history by becoming the first female winner in the Aprilia Superteen Challenge.

The 17-year-old motorcycle racer, from Kidlington, won the second race at Snetterton to seal a memorable weekend which saw her finish second in the other three rounds.

She was thrilled to become a trailblazer in a series which dates back to the 1990s and has helped launch the careers of a long list of successful riders, including Casey Stoner, Cal Crutchlow and Leon Camier.

And having reached the top step of the podium, Polden is eyeing the overall title.

She said: “I’m absolutely delighted to become the first female to win a race in the official Superteens.

“But make no mistake, I’ll be looking for many more, which I’ll need to take the championship.”

While the weekend ended on a high, it began on a low note.

After attending her grandfather’s funeral on Friday, Polden suffered a big crash in Sunday’s qualifying session.

But despite the collision, she had done enough to claim pole position.

A second place in race one gave her the confidence to battle at the front.

The next race saw a ferocious scrap among the top three, but after hitting the front with two laps left, Polden did not look back.

Another two runners-up finishes lifted her up to third in the overall standings ahead of the next meeting, at Cadwell Park on May 25-26.

Standings (top five): 1 J Thompson 246pts, 2 R Skinner 234, 3 G Polden 181, 4 J Boyle 147, 5 S Faber 110.

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