Palmerston teenage motocross rider Courtney Duncan has blitzed the field at her first ever professional event in the United States today.
Duncan won both women's Motos at the Hangtown Classic in California, beating out some of the sports biggest names, despite being the only rider on a 125CC two-stroke in the 250 class.
The 17-year-old Kiwi has been turning heads locally since she was a fresh-faced 13-year old, now proving her class by beating the likes of six time champ Jessica Patterson.
Duncan held off a strong challenge from Sayaka Kaneshiro, who took second overall, with Texas local Taylor Higgins claiming an overall podium finish.
Patterson came second in Moto 2 but a bad ride in the first run saw her finish 10th overall for the day.
Duncan has the chance to underline her rising status when the Championship moves to Pennsylvania in three weeks.