Is Ana Carrasco your 2018 MCN Racer of the Year?
After another epic season of racing, MCN’s sports team of Michael Guy (Sports Editor), Simon Patterson (MotoGP reporter) and Oli Rushby (Superbike reporter) sat down to discuss who impressed them the most in each race series we cover – and to whittle down a shortlist of exactly who was the most impressive racers of the season.
With that in mind, we’ve came up with a list of seven – but we need your help to cut that down to award the 59th running of our Racer of the Year award!
History was made this year in world championship racing when 21-year-old racer Ana Carrasco became the first woman to win a solo world championship. Holding off strong opposition in the World Supersport 300 series and building on her 2017 form when he was the first female to win a race, the quietly-spoken Spaniard was able to best her male opposition to secure a place in the history books.
The fight to the crown wasn’t easy for her, though, despite two wins that got her season off to a strong start. After her wins at Imola and Donington Park, Carrasco struggled in the second half of the season, just twice finishing in the top ten. However, with closest rival Scott Deroue breaking down in the final race of the year, Carrasco’s 13th place was just enough to secure the crown from Mika Perez at the French round in Magny Cours.
Beginning her career in 2011, the Carrasco started out in the CEV 125 championship, where points-scoring performances saw her secure a seat in the Moto3 World Championship in 2013. She’d move over to World Supersport 300 last year, where she won her first race at Portimao last year before going on to fight for the crown this season.
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