By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans

A TEN-YEAR-OLD motorcycle racer is thrashing adults in competition while reaching speeds of 130mph

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Kayla Yaakov, from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, developed a passion for racing at the age of five after she saw videos of her dad competing.

After some persuasion, doting dad Dave took her to her first racing track and she started competing just a couple of months later.

Now aged ten, Kayla has won countless races and titles and has set her heart on a professional career.

She told Barcroft TV: “Being a girl racing is just the same thing, we’re all just competitors looking to ride and have fun.

“Most of my races I win are against adults. It’s pretty cool to be on the top step standing next to grown men.”

Yaakov quickly fell in love with the sport after finding old videos of her dad racing professionally.

The spitfire aspires to go professional and race for Moto America and Moto GP one day.

Kayla said: “My dad raced for 15 years and I found out that he raced one day and I was like, ‘Dad! I really want to do this! This looks amazing!’

“So he got me a bike. At first I just rode it around the house. He took me to a track one day and he said, ‘You really want to do this?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah!’

“I don’t know how many races I’ve done. I’ve done too many. I mean not too many because I still like racing but I have done a lot of racing! Like I can’t even count how many trophies I’ve got from racing.”

Dave Yaakov, who acts as Kayla’s coach and mechanic, said: “She just wasn’t very good, you know, but she loved it so I was like, ‘Okay cool, this will be fun.’

“I actually just enjoy watching her have fun. It didn’t take long - it was within say two months she started being really competitive, winning here and there. Everything changed from there.”

The pint-sized racer has already collected huge numbers of trophies and medals, which she is struggling to find room for.

While the age limit for most racers is 14, Kayla was sanctioned to race with adults at just nine-years-old.

She said: “My favourite thing about racing is the adrenaline and speed. It’s just so fun just to be out there and you are trying to push so hard to do it.

“The bikes I race, the fastest you could probably go is about 130 miles per hour.

“My dad is really important in my riding. He coaches me. He’s my mechanic. He is just the best because he helps me so much in this.”

Even though she’s only ten, Kayla is way ahead of her competition with countless races under her belt, as well as winning several championship titles and being named American Motorcyclist Association’s Youth Racer of the Year.

Dave said: “She is dominating a lot of pretty much everything. Last year was her first year racing big bikes, she’s racing adult motorcycles and they go 130-140 miles an hour at certain tracks.

“Last year she won a majority of races and she won a bunch of national championships. No kids her age are doing what she’s doing.

“There’s some kids a few years older that are doing similar stuff, and by some I mean maybe two kids in the country, but no-one her age.

“It’s incredible. She has really matured a lot I mean she is so much more mature than other kids her age. I hope it sculpts her to be a really disciplined young adult.”

Kayla has already accumulated a collection of 12 motorcycles, including two full sized bikes, and she has no intention of slowing down.

But to be able to keep racing, Kayla has to maintain a stellar report card.

She said: “To be able to race, in school I need to get straight A’s. I also have to be a good student and behave well. I do really good in school, I complete all my project, I do my homework. I think school’s important too because it prepares you for life.

“Kids just coming into motor sports, I want them to know that if you try it once you will probably love it for the rest of your life.

“Even if you are a girl or a guy, you should ride because you’ll love it and you just gonna have the time of your life.”