In the media: How the press reacted to Carrasco’s historical feat

Wednesday, 3 October 2018 10:44 GMT

Take a look at the coverage the female world champion received worldwide

The world hasn’t stopped talking about Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team) yet, as she became the first female to win a solo world championship last weekend in France. Keeping a cool head throughout a hectic final battle of the season, the rider from Murcia crossed the line in 13th position which was enough to crown her 2018 FIM Supersport 300 World Champion. With the world taking note, we have a look at the coverage she has so rightfully received:

The Guardian – One of the largest national newspapers in the UK

“Carrasco comes from a racing family: her father was a mechanic for professional riders. She started riding motorcycles when she was three, and debuted in international competition as a 16-year-old on the Moto3 circuit in 2013, when she became the first woman to score points in a world championship race since Katja Poensgen in 2001. Last year, she became the first woman to win an individual world championship motorcycle race after a victory in Portugal.”

Giving the 21 year old the coverage she deserves, The Guardian explain to the British public where Carrasco came from and how she achieved her historic feat.

ABC News – Australia’s national news service

“The 21-year-old claimed her title in the World Supersport 300 — a support series for the World Superbike championship. The championship was decided in the most dramatic way possible, coming down to the last lap of the final race of the season at Magny-Cours in France. With championship rival Perez needing a victory to claim the title for himself, Carrasco battled to a 13th placed finish starting from 25th on the grid.”

Gaining coverage in Australia, ABC News covers the race and also gives fan a low down of her achievements so far. Noting her debut victory in Portugal in 2017, as well as her points scoring finish in Moto3™

CNN – One of America’s largest news outlets

“Sporting history was made Sunday when Spain's Ana Carrasco became the first female to win a motorbike world title, securing the World Supersport 300 title by a point in a thrilling finale in France. Despite qualifying 25th on the grid, the 21-year-old fought her way through the pack to finish 13th at Magny-Cours, which was enough to seal the title over compatriot Mika Perez.”

In their sporting round up on a Sunday, Carrasco was included with the likes of the Ryder Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo and the English premier league. Making the top story out of five, she was big news in America.

BBC – Largest broadcaster in the world

“Carrasco took the championship lead after a dominant victory in Imola in May and followed that up with an impressive performance at Donington but struggled in the following rounds at Brno, Misano and Portimao. Afterwards she dedicated her win to Spanish Moto2 rider Luis Salom who died in June 2016 after crashing during a free practice session at the Catalunya Grand Prix. Aged 16, Carrasco was the first female rider for more than a decade to score a World Championship point in 2013.”

Noting the success’ from Carrasco on a website which tends to feature very little motorcycle racing coverage, BBC Sport noted her achievement as well as hailing back to her previous achievements.

El Mundo – Second largest daily printed newspaper in Spain

“Ana Carrasco has secured the World Supersport 300 World Championship this Sunday, a feeder category in the Superbike World Championship, making history by being the first woman to win a World Speed ​​Championship individually. The 21-year-old from Murcia had to overcome to perform the feat in the circuit of Magny-Cours (circulated in position 23 at the beginning of the race).”

Reporting on the race, her efforts to take the title and her dedication to Luis Salom, the newspaper covers her feat to the national press.

Cycle World – One of the largest motorcycling magazines in the world

“Ana Carrasco is too young to have witnessed the women’s liberation movement that raged during the 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, but the 21-year-old native of Murcia, Spain, did her part this past weekend at Magny-Cours to create greater opportunities for young women in all walks of life by becoming the first-ever female motorcycle racing world champion.”

Taking a look back over her seasons spent in WorldSSP300, Cycle World acknowledge the size of her achievement in the world of sport, and explains how she got there. Reviewing both angles from the racing to how she is an inspiration to girls around the world, she gets a glowing review.

MotorCycle News – UK’s largest weekly motorcycle newspaper

“Ana Carrasco made history today by becoming the first ever woman to win an FIM solo motorcycle world championship. Crossing the line 13th in the final race of the season at Magny Cours was enough to secure the crown for the Spaniard, who took two race victories this year. But the fight to the crown wasn’t easy. After her wins at Imola and Donington Park, Carassco struggled in the second half of the season, just twice finishing in the top ten.”

With their usual post-race round up, MCN focused on Carrasco’s historic feat and who she had to get beat to get there.

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