Ana Carrasco, a 20-year-old from Spain, became the first woman to win a world championship motorcycle race in Portimao, Portugal recently. Riding a Kawasaki, Carrasco raced to victory by less than a tenth of a second in a race that was part of a lower-tier series created to provide opportunities for promising riders. Carrasco has been riding in international competitions since 2013, when at age 16 she became the first woman in 12 years to score points in a world championship race. But she finished mostly outside the top 20 in that competition, called Moto3, and left it after three years.
This WSBK season she got a chance in a new series, Supersport 300, that was designed for up-and-coming riders. After a series of finishes ranging from 7th to 14th in the season’s first six races, Carrasco posted her breakthrough finish. “I am very happy about this result,” Carrasco told World SBK. “We have worked very hard and we have been making progress in each race.”
After her win she stated, “I suppose there will be more women in the entry list, but ultimately what is hoped for is that we all have the same opportunities and that the world championships are the best.”
Article Source : NYTimes