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Otago's Courtney Duncan may be getting a bit too big for her boots ... but in a good way.
The talented motocross rider knows a chance to chase her dream in the United States is fast approaching.
The 17-year-old had some inside knowledge of the track during the opening round of the New Zealand Motocross Championships at Pleasant Point on Sunday.
South Canterbury's McKnight family have supported her for many years and allowed her to train in the region on many occasions.
The Yamaha ace from Palmerston, halfway between Oamaru and Dunedin, was in scintillating form as she made her senior motocross championships debut at round one of the 2013 series near Timaru.
She took her GMD Yamaha YZ125 bike to 1-2-3 results in her three 125cc class outings, enough to win the day overall from fellow young guns Cameron Vaughan, of Rotorua, and Logan Blackburn, of Te Puke.
But, as the steam was still rising from her body at the end of the sweltering day's racing, she announced that this was the only round of the series that she would contest.
"I am flying off to the United States, where I will be based at the Millsaps training facility in Georgia and will be racing several big events over there," she said.
Duncan qualified fastest at Timaru by nearly four seconds and then led the first race from start to finish.
Crashes in the next two races meant twice she had to fight her way through the field, showing just the sort of dogged determination she will need against the elite in the US.
"I'm not sure when I'll be flying back home but you can guarantee I'll leave nothing on the table in my bid to win in America," she said.
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