Ana Carrasco, the only woman to win a short circuit FIM World Championship, has confirmed she will participate in the inaugural Women’s Motorcycling World Championship (WorldWCR) this season.
Carrasco, who has been competing in the Moto3 World Championship for the past two seasons, will compete with Evan Bros Racing when the season gets underway in June at Misano for the first of six double-header rounds in support of the WorldSBK Championship.
The Spaniard’s participation in the series has been mooted for some weeks after she failed to secure an extended stay in Moto3 following two difficult seasons with BOE Motorsports.
Prior to that, Carrasco competed in the WorldSSP 300 Championship, making history in 2018 by claiming the title against her male compatriots. Competing in the series for five seasons, Carrasco is a seven-time race winner.
As arguably the highest-profile female two-wheel racer in the world, Carrasco’s confirmation for the WorldWCR series will be seen as a major boost for its inaugural season.
The single-make series will see the riders racing identical GYTR-specification Yamaha R7 sportbikes. As a comparison to the performance of WorldSSP/300-spec Yamaha equivalents, the standard roadgoing twin-cylinder Yamaha R7 generates 73.4bhp.
The four-cylinder WorldSSP Yamaha R6 generates 118.4bhp, while the Yamaha R3 used in the WorldSSP 300 Championship has 41bhp.