Motorcycle racing at the highest levels, not unlike four wheel racing, as in NASCAR, Formula 1, NHRA and other speed motorsports, is predominantly still a man’s sport. There are some women making names for themselves in motorsports, drivers like Danica Patrick in IndyCar, Courtney and Ashley Force in NHRA Drag Racing, and Angela and Amber Cope in the NASCAR Truck Series. (Be sure to check out these and other hot and talented women drivers in another article here on motonetworks.com) But in the world of motorcycle racing, particularly at the premier levels of MotoGP and World Superbike Racing, arguably much more dangerous pastimes, there has been an extreme absence of women.
Only one woman has ever raced at the pinnacle of motorcycle road racing, MotoGP, and that was American Gina Bovaird, who finished one race in 1982. Since then only one woman has gotten near the very top and has threatened to break up this fraternity. Her name is Maria Herrera and she is a racer from Spain and she has done very well racing in the Moto3 series. The Moto3 class features the best riders and bikes from around the world limited to 4-stroke, 250cc, single-cylinder setups. Herrera finished her rookie season of racing at this competitive level with a 29th position ranking by points awarded. That’s not bad for a first season, especially one in which she took 15th, 11th and 13th place in three of her best races.
It was a good enough showing to get Herrera invited back for her second season this year and she will again be sporting the Laglisse outfit and riding for KTM. Herrera is not in this to prove anything to anyone, other than that she deserves to win and compete at the highest level. Based on her track record leading up to her rookie season in Moto3, and the results she showed in that very competitive first season, she is making her point. It will be fun a lot of fun to see what she can do in 2016.