Ana Carrasco looks certain to become Moto3’s first female participant after talking of her deal with the JHK T-shirt Laglisse outfit for 2013.
The 15 year old currently rides for the team in the CEV Buckler Moto3 category of the Spanish championship on a Honda and ahead of the final round is 17th in the standings with 20 points and is one of three girls to compete, alongside Montserrat Costa and Repsol sponsored Maria Herrera.
The Laglisse team used a FTR Honda for the majority of the 2012 season but are expected to switch to KTM for 2013, a move mentioned by Carrassco on her Twitter feed, where her status confirms her promotion to the junior class:
“Confirmed on the IRTA list for Moto3 World Championship 2013 KTM will run with the team Laglisse.”
The teams other riders are yet to be confirmed but they are looking to change their entire line up – Vaquez has already announced his move to Mahindra – and are rumoured in the Spanish press to be the team most interested in paying the fee to release Maverick Vinales from his Blusens Avintia contract.
Carrassco will not run with her usual number 32 as that is currently used by Isaac Vinales, who remains in Moto3 after a move to the CBC Corse team where he is joined by newcomer Matteo Farrari, and will instead use 22 – the old number of team director and former 125cc race winner Pablo Nieto.
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