Ana Carrasco has become the first woman to win a World Championship bike race on Sunday after the Spaniard battled her way to an emphatic victory in the World Supersport 300 class at Portimao.
The 20-year-old, who hails from the city of Murcia was involved in a titanic tussle with Italy’s Alfonso Coppola and championship leader Marc Garcia and despite exiting the final corner in second, Carrasco powered her way to the line, overtaking Garcia meters from the line and in the process creating motorsport history.
Carrasco first burst onto the World Championship racing scene in 2013, racing on a KTM in Moto3 with the Calvo Racing Team at age 16. After a string of positive results, the Spaniard created a small bit of racing history at Sepang as she became the first female racer in over a decade to score a Championship point, finishing 15th. She repeated this feat two races later, scoring a further eight points after an incredible ride at the Valencia Grand Prix.
Life in Moto3 got difficult for the young Murcia native after 2013 as she failed to finish near the top 15 in the two following seasons and she made the heartbreaking decision to drop out of the category after the conclusion of the 2015 season.
A stint in the European Moto2 series in 2016 failed to reap the rewards it promised as Carrasco failed to score a single point all season, once the series ended she made the transfer to the newly-formed World Supersport 300 class with the ETG Racing team on a Kawasaki.
Carrasco’s victory makes her the fifth different winner in the series, the Spaniard’s previous best result being a seventh-place finish at Assen. The victory sees Carrasco move up to seventh in the championship, trailing new championship leader Coppola by 45 points.