Portimao, the 10th round stop of the World Superbike Championship just became a historic site. The annals of motorcycle racing will forever remember this race weekend, because a woman has done the incredible. Ana Carrasco has won her first world championship race, the first world champion race ever won by a woman.
The First Woman to Win a World Championship Motorcycle Race!
Ana started her world championship career at the age of 16 when she joined the Moto3 World Championship. She travelled the entire world, racing with the best, but unfortunately, she rarely finished much higher than 20th position. After three years of making very little progress, she quit the Moto3 championship last year, but she wasn’t done racing.
A position on the ETG team opened, and she took it. The team would field an effort in World Superbike’s newest class, World SuperSport 300. Running a Kawasaki Ninja 300, the team had a slow start of the 2017 season, but their efforts were slowly making a difference. Soon Ana found herself crawling up the race results, from tenth place to seventh place, then her season seemed to crater. She finished 12th and 15th in her last two races.
ETG went into the Portuguese Round on this low, but were undaunted. Carrasco turned in a strong qualifying time, making it to third place on the grid. Apparently, starting on the front row of the grid was all she needed. She kept up with pole sitter Alfonso Coppola and wildcard Marc Garcia, and in a nail-biting duel to the finish, Carrasco managed to edge out her fellow Spaniard and young Italian rivals. The margin of the finish was less than a tenth of a second.
From the attorneys who ride at Metier Law Firm—Congrats to the first woman rider to winner a world championship race, Ana Carrasco!