Nothing's stopping Tayla Relph from beating the boys
MOTORCYCLE RACING: Her professional career kicked of eight years ago but Tayla Relph has been riding bikes since the age of three.
Now at 21, she's making waves as the first girl to win a national series race in motorcycle racing in Australia.
Tearing up the track at Morgan Park Raceway today Relph is chasing a podium finish at the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championships.
"I'll be competing in the supersport 300 and Yamaha R3 championships on the same bike, a 300cc Yamaha bike,” Relph said.
Up against 35 competitors the 21-year-old will be the only girl on the track today.
"I'll be the only female out there, up against the boys as usual,” Relph said.
Sitting on eighth spot for the supersport 300 and sixth in the R3, she's made a vast improvement over the years.
"At the start I wasn't doing the best against the guys and there was a bit of doubt,” Relph said.
"Once I started to take it more seriously and focusing more on my abilities my results were improving.”
The female rider said there was a negative stigma at the start of her career which she has pushed through.
"There were definitely some comments made at the start of my career,” Relph said.
"People thinking I wasn't good enough because I was a girl, as I've improved I've stopped hearing those things.”
With no two weekends the same Relph has been working hard not to doubt herself.
"you do get doubt and I just have to give myself a pep talk every now and then,” she said.
"It's what sets aside the podium racers, how they can handle themselves and build confidence.
"I want to prove there's nothing stopping me to win.”
Relph has noticed the increase in female participation in the sport and has built up a fan base of young girls.
"I want to be inspiring for young girls and encourage them to get on a bike,” she said.