Spanish Rider Ready To Break Moto3 Gender Barrier
by staff
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Spanish teen Ana Carrasco could become the first female competitor in Moto3 next season, as she may land a ride with the JHK t-shirt Laglisse team.

Carrasco, 15, rode for the team this season in the Spanish Moto3 championship.

Laglisse is expected to switch to KTM equipment in 2013 after using FTR-Honda machines for most of 2012. The team fielded three Moto3 bikes this season. But Efren Vazquez has moved to Mahindra, and neither Adrian Martin nor Hector Faubel - a last-race replacement for Alberto Moncayo - has announced plans for 2013.

Elena Rosell was the only female Grand Prix competitor this season, racing in Moto2 for QMMF Racing. Her 2013 plans are unknown.

Carrasco would not be the first female competitor in the introductory class. Most noteworthy were Taru Rinne of Finland and Tomoko Igata. In 1988, Rinne was the first woman to score points in any GP class. Igata has the highest finish for a woman in championship history, seventh in 1995 at the Czech Grand Prix.


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