Motorcycle racing has changed thanks to Spanish rider Ana Carrasco who took the World Championship title by a single point over countryman Mika Perez. Ana Carrasco has become the first female rider to win a motorbike world championship!
We’ve been watching and supporting Ana Carrasco since she started. She moved to the series last year and created history with her début win in Portugal last September. The championship was incredibly dramatic and came down the very last lap of the final race of the season at Magny-Cours in France. And despite starting 25th in Sunday’s final round at Magny-Cours, she recovered and her 13th place was enough for the title. Perez had led the race on the final lap, but was overtaken on the next to the last corner by Daniel Valle, who claimed his maiden Supersport 300 race victory.
After the race, Carrasco dedicated her victory to Luis Salom, a Spanish rider who died during Moto2 practice in 2016 and was the cousin of her team boss, David Salom.
Carrasco took the championship lead after a dominant victory in Imola in May and followed that up with an impressive performance at Donington but struggled in the following rounds at Brno, Misano and Portimao.
“It’s unbelievable for me, we worked so hard to be here,” she said.
Aged 16, Ana Carrasco was the first female rider for more than a decade to score a World Championship point in 2013. Carrasco won races at Imola and Donington Park on the way to her historic triumph.
Last year Carrasco, who has been riding bikes since she was three years old, became the first female rider to win a world championship race, with a dramatic victory in the Portuguese Grand Prix at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao.
Carrasco picked up a solitary point in the Moto3 race, but struggled to make inroads in the junior MotoGP class before moving to the World Superbikes last year.
She was the first female rider to score points since Germany’s Katja Poensgen came 14th in the 250cc class at Italian circuit Mugello in 2001.
Ana Carrasco has changed history for women in motorcycling as the first ever female world motorcycle champion! This is a day to remember.
*Source Media Release; Photos: A.Carrasco social media