Ana Carrasco Gabarrón (ETG Racing) took a brilliant and fierce victory in the Prosecco DOC Portuguese Round of the FIM Supersport 300 World. This marks her début victory in the series and a day that will go down in the history books.
The triumph of the 20-year old rider from Murcia happened at one of the most challenging circuits in the calendar in Portimao. A group battle over 11 laps which went right down to the wire, the racing action was second to none and Carrasco held her own as she took the victory over the line as the top three were separated by a tenth.
Battling in the final laps with pole position man Alfonso Coppola (SK Racing) and Marc Garcia (Halcourier Racing), Carrasco was also able to secure a front row start on Saturday for the first time all season. Her best classification so far of the season was around Lausitzring with fifth position on the grid, which shows herself and the team have made some strong adaptions to their Ninja 300 machine.
With this historical victory at the Portuguese track, Ana Carrasco becomes the fifth rider in the new category to climb onto the top step of the podium, after Mika Pérez (2), Scott Derue (2), Marc García (1) and Alfonso Coppola (1). This achievement, celebrated with excitement and enthusiasm on the Portuguese podium, means she will climb from eleventh to the seventh position in the championship standings, but will also to write a page in the history books to become the first female to win a world-class race (solo class).
It is another step in women’s motorcycling, which has Carrasco’s compatriots such as Maria Herrera, with achievements in FIM CEV, Lucy Glockner in various categories of IDM or Sarah Heide, also in the German national competition.
*source World Superbike
More About the World Supersport 300 (SSP300)
This 2017 season sees the launch of the highly anticipated FIM Supersport 300 World Championship, a class which provides a world platform for young talents. Bringing in a whole host of new riders onto the world scene, they will not only get a chance to showcase their ability but also understand how a world racing series works.
As a new feeder class, the minimum age is 15 and features a range of lightweight sport bikes. Any motorcycle classed as an A2 machine on the road in Europe is allowed to race in the series. These types of bikes are becoming more popular with manufacturers, meaning they will fit in with the “production based series”. All bikes will be homologated by the FIM, and are subject to modifications to weight and rev limits by the SBK Commission, which will ensure the maximum possible parity.