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Congrats to Catherine. I have just been reading a book about Ernst Degners defection and the early two strokes (Stealing Speed by Mat Oxley) - the motor cycle authorities did everything they could to stop women racing. In an attempt to stop beryl Swain in 1962 the TT introduced a minimum weight limit of 9 stone 4. She had to go on a cake diet to bulk up! Then when she came 22nd in the 50cc TT the FIM banned all women from international motorcycle competition. Beryl went through all the appeals to the FIM, but eventually had to admit defeat and retire from the sport. I am glad that times have moved on and hope Catherine (and Jenny) inspire a new generation of young ladies.

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