WSB: Carrasco to defend 300 title with official Kawasaki squad

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History maker Ana Carrasco will join one of the most successful squads in the World Superbike paddock to defend her World Supersport 300 title this year.

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The Spaniard, who became the first woman to win an FIM solo motorcycle world championship with her 300 title this year, has signed a deal to remain in the class with Provec Racing, the Barcelona-based squad with whom Jonathan Rea has won the last four World Superbike crowns.

The effort will be backed by Kawasaki Europe and Carrasco’s 2019 preparations will shortly get underway in Barcelona, where she’ll undergo a similar training programme to that of new team-mates Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea, including physical training, dirt and lat track and motocross tests in order to best prepare her to defend her title in the upcoming season.

“I am very pleased to continue being a Kawasaki rider,” said Carrasco. “I’d like to sincerely thank all the work performed by the DS Junior Team in 2018, in which we were champions. In spite of all the Public Relations activities of these last months after becoming world champion, my priority has always been to find the best technical resources in order to face the 2019 season, I’ll be wearing the 1 and that means that the pressure will be extremely high, we’ll see if we are capable of being at the highest level again.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing