Ana Carrasco made history this weekend as she became the first female rider to win an FIM World Championship motorcycle race with a stunning victory in the World Supersport 300 class at Portimao.
The 20-year-old won an epic drag to the line, beating series leader Alfonso Coppola by just 0.053 seconds in a race in which the top five were separated by 0.3 seconds.
“I am very happy with this result!” Carrasco said. “We have worked very hard and we have been making progress in each race. I’m very happy and want to thank all of my team.”
Carrasco’s best result prior to this weekend had been seventh place in Assen, but the Spaniard has steadily been making progress. Last time out at the Lausitzring she secured her best grid position of the year in fifth before then bettering that with a front row start this weekend, from which she’d go on to take her maiden win.
The achievement comes in the inaugural season of the Supersport 300 series, in which young riders from across the globe battle it out on 300cc-500cc production machines.
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