ANA CARRASCO has gone from strength to strength over her short career, and has today proven her incredible talent after becoming the first woman ever to win a world championship title, in World Supersport 300.
The Spaniard is but 21-years-old, but already she has a handful of female firsts to her name – in her debut Moto3 season in 2013 (aged just 16) she not only became the first woman to score points in a world championship since Katja Poensgen in 2001, but after securing an eight place finish at the season-closing Valencian Community Grand Prix, secured the best female rider finish in all categories since Tomoko Igata took seventh at the 1995 Czech Republic Grand Prix.
Last year, after joining the newly-formed Supersport 300 World Championship aboard an ETG Racing Ninja 300, she became the first woman to win an individual world championship motorcycle race.
And this year, she bettered that, winning the series by just a point over Mika Perez.
Carrasco started Sunday’s final round at Magny-Cours in 25th, but battled her way through to 13th place, which was enough to clinch the title.
She dedicated her championship to fellow Spanish rider Luis Salom, who died in a crash during practice in June 2016.
“It’s unbelievable for me, we worked so hard to be here,” she said.
“I can only say thank you to all the Kawasaki team, I can only say thank you to David Salom and all the team, they worked hard to help me arrive here and also to my family because they gave me everything this year, and my friends. I wanted to dedicate this title to Luis Salom, we were good friends and the day we lost him I promised myself to dedicate my first title to him.”