PART I: Top 10 Favourite Female Bikers
Yes, you read the title right. We’ve taken so much of the limelight, that we have not realized that we've got some badass women out there who likes riding their bikes just as much as we do- Without further a due, we’ve rounded up the top 10 female bikers we think you should have heard about for their achievements.
10. BERYL SWAIN, TT
The first female to take the 1962 50cc TT for a spin is Mrs. Beryl Swain. This bike is most remembered as Suzuki’s first TT victory, on a bike ridden by ex-MZ rider and defector Ernst Degner. Enough talking about the bike, Swain, riding a 50cc Itom, completed two-lap race, a half an hour behind Degner!. Thus coming home 22nd of 25 finishers with an average of 48mph against Degner’s 75mph
9. PATSY QUICK, ENDURO AND DAKAR
Being the first british woman to compete in Dakar 2003, she unfortunately had a serious crash, which left her temporarily blind before being rescued by a media helicopter and airlifted to a Cairo hospital. However, this event did not stop her, Quick returned in 2004 but was again beated by appalling weather, then suffered a mechanical breakdown in 2005. Despite the bad luck, Quick became the first British woman to finish the rally in 2006. She currently runs a KTM-backed endure riding school in Sussex, England
8. MICHELLE DUFF, 250 AND 500 GRAND PRIX
Michelle Diff won three 250cc Grand Prix and finished the 1965 season second in the 250cc championship behind Phil Read, riding for MZ, Norton and Yamaha. Mike Duff, based in Toronto, Canada, was a successful Grand Prix racer in the 60s. he suffered from an accident in Japan and spent six months in the hospital. But he got himself bac up and returned to compete for the Grand Prix again for two more years and then began working as a motorcycle journalist. Shortly in 1984, Mike Duff, became Michelle Duff, was invited to ride in class bike races in 2000 but again suffered a crash at Spa in 2008 and led her to hang her biker jacket once and for all. Now aged 77, Michelle still writes and lives in Ontario.
7. KATJA POENSGEN, 250 GRAND PRIX
Hailing from Germany, Katja grew up riding bikes. She even knew how to ride one at the tender age of 5, then raced for the first time at 16 and at age 19, she got her first podium for the European Supermono Championship; taking her to Grand Prix in 2001. Peoensgen secured a career-best 14th place in 250cc Italian GP at Mugello, riding an Aprillia RS20. Porensgen retired in 2004, and had a daughter but came back to the racing world, racing e-bikes and even mopeds. She also works with motorcycle clothing brands.
6. LAIA SANZ, TRIALS, WORLD ENDURO, DAKAR
Laia Sanz, form Spain, was the Women’s World Enduro champion in 2014. She won the women’s Trial World Championship 13 times and the women’s Trial European Championship ten times as well! Sanz began riding at the age of three and racing at seven; which is not that much of a surprise as she knew how to handle an off-road bike well. At the age of 25, Sanz competed in and completed the Dakar rally, finishing at 39th place overall.