Taru Rinne, 2017 FIM Woman legend and the first woman to achieve world championship points in circuit racing, is delighted by Ana Carrasco’s historic achievement in becoming the 2018 FIM SuperSport 300 World Champion.
History was made this autumn when Ana Carrasco became the first female rider to win a circuit racing world championship as a solo rider. Exactly 30 years earlier, Taru Rinne herself became the first woman to achieve world championship points in circuit racing, setting a first milestone for women riders.
The Finnish former rider, who had to face many barriers during her career, welcomes the impressive new milestone set by Carrasco, which she believes will open more doors for female riders to compete with men.
'I am so happy for Ana´s title. I am always pleased and proud to see women succeed but what Ana did now is something I respect a lot', says Rinne.
Taru Rinne hopes that more women will become involved in racing and take on leading roles in motorcycling. 'The situation is always better for women when those who make the decisions are not all men', she insists. 'We need more women at every level of motorcycling!
Starting as an 85cc karting championship competitor, Taru Rinne made her two-wheel debut in 1988. The first and only woman so far to have led a Grand Prix (in Hockenheim) and nicknamed “First Lady of Fast”, she rewrote history by becoming the first female point-scoring rider in the FIM 125cc World Championship before a motorcycle accident sadly ended her promising career.