Ana Carrasco has won the World SSP300 series, making her the first female rider to take a motorcycle roadracing world championship.
Carrasco rode aboard the DS Junior Team Kawasaki Ninja 400 this season, and her championship came down to the wire. She took the win by a single point, as second-place Mika Perez almost gained enough ground on her in the final race to beat her. Going into the race, Carrasco had a 10-point lead, but Perez almost won and took the championship. He lost the lead on the final lap, which torpedoed his chances, while Carrasco finished 13th.
Carrasco’s final race was typical of her season. She had some huge successes (wins at Imola and Donnington) but the majority of her points came from consistently plugging away and earning respectable finishes.
Now, the word on the street is that Carrasco is headed to MotoGP’s electric motorcycle series next summer. She’s no stranger to MotoGP, as she’s campaigned in Moto3 before.