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MOTORCYCLING: It's girl power as Polden roars to maiden victory
9:00am Saturday 10th May 2014 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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