Growing up fast: 11-year-old phenom racing around the competition


A prodigy is a young person endowed with exceptional skills.

We introduced you to a motorcycle racing 6-year-old a few years ago, and since then, her success has only sped up.

A champion motorcycle racer at age 11 would be impressive enough.

But as fast as Kayla Yaakov is, we saw this coming.

When she was 6, Kayla would zoom around her home track nearly ever day, and would talk about how much she likes beating the boys when racing.

By the time she was 8, she was passing adults and all expectations.

"I liked it before, I like it even more now," Kayla said when she was 8.

And now at 11, she's showing no signs of slowing down.

"It's awesome. An awesome feeling when you are riding," says Kayla.

The bikes in Kayla's garage tell a story. A little one represents her great start.

Bigger bikes represent bigger triumphs.

But one bike, a broken one, maybe tells the best story. Because it was almost her last.

While racing one day, Kayla crashed her bike into another rider who had crash on the track ahead of her.

"When I hit his bike, I hit it so it intended the tank,"

said Kayla. "I went over the bars and I don't even know what happened after that."

"I heard a guy on the pit road say, it's a little blonder girl. And I thought aw man," said her father, Dave.

The other rider amazingly was fine, and in less than six seconds -- while her bike was still fuming -- so was Kayla.

"I was screaming. I was so mad because my 1913 bike was destroyed. He was OK, I was OK. That's all that really mattered," she said.

Dad offered to go home, but through tears, Kayla insisted on racing again.

So they got the back-up bike ready.

"So yeah, we raced the next day and she won everything," said

The only thing stopping her nowadays is her age. It's an expensive sport, but she can't race for the big money for another three years in the states, or maybe two years in Europe.

"I think if you are an experience rider and know what you are doing they should let you in," says Kayla.

Let you in, but not let you win. Though Kayla's always been able to take care of that on her own.

Recently, Kayla competed in the Grand National Finals in Alabama.

Her dad says she won five national championships, two American Motorcyclist Association grand national championships, and the American Motorcyclist Association Road Racer of the Year Award.

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