Among the many great stories over the weekend for MotoAmerica Round 6 at Ridge Morotosports Park there is one that transcends the rest. Motorsports is a largely male dominated field, but there were a number of women ripping around the track, making a presence, and making an impact. One of those women was Kayla Yaakov #31.
The Altus Motorsports Kawasaki Rider has been making her presence known on the MotoAmerica circuit. She currently competes in the SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup race and turned 15 over the weekend.
This season has seen it’s ups and downs for Yaakov as she saw disappointment in Atlanta where she was penalized for passing under yellow flag conditions. Consequently Yaakov was demoted from 1st to 3rd in that race. Despite the setbacks Yaakov continued to show she belonged at the top of the podium.
Throughout qualifying for round 6 in Shelton, WA Yaakov was able to produce solid results. The only thing left was that elusive win. On Sunday’s Race 2 Yaakov was able to fight off fierce competition from her challengers Joseph LiMandri Jr #62 (2nd Place) and Gus Rodio #96 (3rd Place) to claim her first victory.
In winning her first victory Yaakov became the first women to win any race class in MotoAmerica history. Needless to say the future looks bright for Yaakov. Next up riders head to the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA for Round 7