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Woman racers. They always cause discussion.
The only girl in the world championship is Ana Carrasco, a Moto3 rider. She excelled as Maverick Vinales team-mate in his championship winning year on a KTM closer to a street bike, taking two points finishes.
Her second year in Moto3, this year, has been more difficult – on an unfavoured Kalex KTM at RW Racing her best placing has been 20th.
Things have become so strained between rider and team that the Spaniard was to sit out practice in Misano, allegedly over financial differences – with her now to make no further appearances with the team this season as we head into the trio of flyaway races followed by the season finale in Valencia.
Just as this moves the discussion into paid rides and the money a solo female rider brings as a novelty (unfortunately the view of many) versus talent and getting a good enough bike to show it ( I believe after her year at Team Calvo, the termination of which again came down to money issues, the latter applies as good results from any of the Kalex KTM riders have been few and far between) it appears that talent can come first as Carrasco seems to be near confirming a ride for 2015!
It is suggested in her home news publications that Carrasco has been picked up by Aleix Espargaro’s RBA team – present in this years CEV Spanish championship and with a string of Moto3 wild-card appearances under their belt with Gabriel Rodrigo.
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