Carrasco elated after world-class triumph

Monday, 14 May 2018 12:32 GMT

At Imola she became the first female rider to lead a World Championship

Every race that goes by, Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team) takes another giant step towards proving that she’s one of the best talents in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship. If at Portimao last year she made history by becoming the first female rider to win a World Championship race, last weekend at Imola the Spaniard went one further. Two further, actually: after taking her first-ever Superpole on Saturday, Carrasco’s lights-to-flag win on Sunday propelled her to the top of the WorldSSP300 standings. With 48 points, three more than Luca Grunwald (Freudenberg KTM WorldSSP Team), she is already only 11 shy of her full 2017 tally.

Reflecting on her second WorldSSP300 victory, the Murcian rider only had words of gratitude: “I’m feeling really, really happy today, because I think we did a perfect job this weekend. We were first in all the practices and also in the race, it’s incredible for me. I want to say thank you to the team because the bike was really good, they also worked really well all weekend and we found a way to go in the race”.

“All weekend I felt really confident”, she continues. “Yesterday in the Superpole I felt that I had a really good pace. Today was a little bit more difficult, the wind was a bit stronger and it was harder to make the same lap times as yesterday. But we managed another victory, it’s incredible”.

Carrasco will now go into the Donington Round as the rider to beat. She not only welcomes the added pressure, but is ready to thrive under it: “The goal is to win the championship, and to be on the podium every race. I will try to continue in the same line. This is the Ana I want to show to the people, and we’re confident to continue on the same level”.

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