Ana Car­rasco be­comes the first fe­male to win a solo race in Su­pers­port 300

Motorcycle Monthly - - Sport -

Tak­ing part in round 10 of the FIM Su­pers­port 300 World Cham­pi­onship in Por­ti­mao, Por­tu­gal, Ana Car­rasco took the win ahead of Yamaha rid­ers Al­fonoso Cop­pola (by 0.053sec) and Marc Gar­cía (by 0.062).

Okay, so she won by just one-tenth of one sec­ond, but it was enough for Car­rasco and her Kawasaki Ninja 300 to make world his­tory, as the 20-year-old be­came the first fe­male mo­tor­cy­clist to win a world cham­pi­onship race.

Car­rasco, from Spain, has been rac­ing pro­fes­sion­ally since 2013, but dropped out of Moto3 af­ter a cou­ple of years of sub-par fin­ishes. In the Su­pers­port 300 Cham­pi­onship, she had yet to fin­ish bet­ter than sev­enth, be­fore com­ing in first in Por­ti­mao.

Speak­ing to WSBK, Car­rasco said: “I am very happy about this re­sult. When I first came to the world stage at 16, it was a bit weird for ev­ery­one. But it’s been four years now and they’ve all got used to it.

“Women will never be a ma­jor­ity, this is clear. I think the num­ber of women will in­crease, but in the end in the world cham­pi­onships they race at a higher level, which makes it more com­pli­cated to get a ride.”

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