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The first South African Ladies 600cc Champion
the fastest lady motorcyclist in South
Africa, Africa and possibly the world if she could
compete internationally. This is what has been
achieved by this petite 1.5 metre (5.1 ft) blonde
in her 5 years of motorcycle racing in South
Although Nicole van Aswegen started her racing
career later than other riders, she has always
strived to achieve excellent results. She started
on a Yamaha 50cc for a short spell just to learn
the technique and get the feel of things and then
progressed onto the very competitive 125gp class.
This proved to be a very good learning curve .
These bikes, although small, are almost equal in
speed to a 600cc, just more difficult to master,
being 2 stroke and having phynominal corner speed.
Nicole held her own in the class, competing against
some very fast boys she managed to finish
the majority of her races in the top 1o, her best
result being 6th overall
After many thrills and even more spills
Nicole took the plunge at the end of 2007 when she
was invited to do a "Wild Card" race on a GSXR600
Suzuki at a Wesbank Super Series National race at
Kyalami . The biggest challenge for this race
was touching the ground!! Being extremely
"Short of Height" she could not put her feet on the
ground to stop the bike!! Well, being the
"Tazzmanian Devil", this was just another challenge
and she overcame that hurdle and amazed everyone in
her first National race. This was a mile stone in
South African Motorcylce racing and her career
The first female motorcycle rider, in South
Africa to compete in a National super series event.
In 2008 and 2009 Nicole competed in Regional 600
Super Sport and National Super Sport on a Yamaha
R6. She found the going very tough in the beginning
but improved with every race. She being nominated
"Rider of the Day" at the East London race after a
huge crash saw her wrecking her bike in qualifying
but didnt give up. Dad and others and Nicole,
worked through Race 1 to get the bike ready in time
for race 2. With a nasty shoulder injury and bike
held together with duct-tape, she competed and
finished Race 2.
The 2012 Racing Season is finally about to begin
in earnest!! Have a look at my FANCY NEW RIDE and
After competing in 2011 on a Triumph Daytona as
a privateer, sponsored mainly by my parents and
their company GEM AUTO SERVICE CENTRE ,and a few
other sponsors for which I was extremely grateful,
my hard work and determination has finally paid off
and I have managed to secure a sponsor from Honda
Kyalami on a Honda CBR600RR.
2011 was one of the best seasons I have been
blessed and privileged to complete in. I did some
of My best lap times ever and finished 4th overall
in the Regional series (mixed male &
female) after the Ladies Cup Series was cancelled
after 3 rounds. This was a bit of a disappointment,
as I was leading the championship at this stage and
wanted to retain my championship after winning the
series in 2010 by quite a substantial margin and
earning myself the coveted title of the 1st South
African 600cc Ladies Champion. All things
considered, I am the first lady Super Support
(600cc) to finish In the top 5 of a South
African Regional Series. I finished in the top 3 in
all but 2 regionals and took a few top 10 places in
the National Series. Out qualifying my team mate
Robert Portman on occasion.
I was lying in 2nd place in the Regional Series
until my trusted Triumph let me down at the last
Of the year and I was unable to finish the 2nd
race of the day .
As I am not one to cry over spilt
oil>>>> or milk - My aim
for 2012 is to put my Honda CBR600RR in the top 3
in as many Regional Races as possible and hopefully
get a few 1st places. As for the National Series,
well if the other Honda riders can do
I am surely going to try!! I
will do my utmost to make my sponsors Honda Kyalami
and Honda SA proud of me and my Honda. Still
adjusting to the different riding style of the
Honda but early days yet. I WILL get there
and only improve.
Big thanks to Full Throttle, Gem Auto Service
Centre (parents), Assault Leathers for sticking
with me for 2012.
We chatted to Nicole van Aswegen about her 2011
How was your 2011 racing season?
It was an excellent year for me I found a lot of
seconds and finished well in both my championships
4th in regional and 14th in national.What are your
expectations for 2012?
I want to win the regional 600cc series, and
place 8thin the national series, maybe even go
overseas and do a wild card race.What has been your
biggest challenge going into 2012?
Well I am on a completely new bike Honda
cbr600rr which im still getting use to but we
getting better every time we ride.Who do you think
was the best local racing driver in 2011?
I believe we all did the best we could for the
year so I say all of the bike racers (lol)Where is
your next event? And where can people find out
information on you or the racing series you
We are racing in Cape Town Killarney race
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