Supersport 300

Ana Carrasco

2018 FIM Supersport 300 World Champion

Born on 10 March 1997 in Murcia, Spain

QUEEN ANA THE FIRST

Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki) was crowned as the 2018 FIM Supersport 300 World Champion following a historic final race of the season at Magny-Cours, where she became the first ever female to secure a solo FIM Circuit Racing world title by a single point.

Carrasco's path to gold medal glory started in the CEV 125cc Spanish Championship, where a number of impressive performances secured a seat in the Moto3 World Championship for 2013. She became the first woman to score points in Moto3 at Sepang and repeated the feat with a season-best finish of eighth in Valencia.

Ana struggled to build on her early success but her career was rejuvenated by a move to the all-new FIM Supersport 300 World Championship in 2017. With new bikes and a level playing field, Carrasco was a consistent points finisher before making more history as the first female ever to win an FIM Circuit Racing solo race at Portimao.

A championship challenge beckoned in 2018, especially after a dominant victory at the third round at Imola, where she won by eleven seconds to lead the standings by three points. Another resounding win followed at Donington Park, which extended her lead to 22 points, and despite a dip in form at the next three rounds, she continued to pick up vital points to keep herself clear by ten going into a tense finale at Magny-Cours.

After qualifying in 25th place, Carrasco mounted a valiant charge into the points positions but with Mika Perez (Kawasaki) leading on the final lap and primed for the victory he needed to snatch the title for himself, it seemed certain her efforts would be in vain. However, a dramatic late twist saw Dani Valle (Yamaha) overtake Perez in the final corner, denying him of five crucial points and handing the championship back to Carrasco, who crossed the line in thirteenth.

Marc Garcia

2017 FIM Supersport 300 World Champion

Born on 1 November 1999 in Barcelona, Spain

GARCIA BECOMES FIRST EVER CHAMPION OF NEW CLASS  

Marc Garcia (Yamaha) made history in 2017 as the first ever winner of the new FIM Supersport 300 World Championship, taking the title by a single point from Alfonso Coppola (Yamaha) in a gripping final-round decider at Jerez. The new series was designed as an entry-level World Championship that would give new teams and riders from all corners of the globe the opportunity to make their mark on the international stage, and so it proved with the emergence of some exciting young talent and incredibly close racing all season.

Running alongside all European rounds of the FIM World Superbike Championship, the first WorldSSP300 race took place at Aragon in April, with the Netherlands' Scott Deroue (Kawasaki) taking an historic win. Deroue doubled up in his home round at Assen however podium consistency proved key to the title as groups of six or more riders regularly crossed the line within the same second. One such heart-stopping battle at Portimao was won by Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki), who became the first ever female to win an FIM World Championship Circuit Racing event after overcoming both Coppola and Garcia by less than a tenth of a second.

Garcia took his second win and fifth podium in the penultimate round at Magny Cours to set up a grand finale against Coppola, who trailed by four points. The title swung both ways throughout another race-long group skirmish, which wasn't decided until the final lap as Coppola crossed the line third, just 0.038 seconds behind race winner and Indonesian wildcard Galang Hendra (Yamaha), but with Garcia claiming the title just behind him in fourth.

PALMARES
World title - 2017