Carrasco first woman to win world championship bike race
Ana Carrasco became the first-ever woman to win an individual world championship motorcycle race on Sunday when she took her maiden victory in the World Supersport 300 class at Portimao.
The 20-year-old Spanish racer edged out Alfonso Coppola by 0.053s to claim her debut win in the World Superbike support category, which was formed this season.
Previously, Carrasco had been a regular in Moto3, scoring her first point at Sepang in 2013 to become the first female points-scorer in Grand Prix racing since Katja Poensgen in 2001.
She followed up that with an eighth-place finish at Valencia, but failed to breach the top 15 in the two following seasons, and dropped out of the category after the conclusion of the 2015 campaign.
The Murcia native then switched to the European Moto2 series in 2016, failing to score points all year, before moving to the newly-formed World Supersport 300 class on an ETG Racing Kawasaki.
Prior to this weekend's Portimao race, her best result this year had been a seventh place at Assen, but her victory moves her up to seventh in the standings - 45 points adrift of championship leader Coppola.