WSBK witnessed history in the making this past Sunday as Ana Carrasco became the first woman to win an FIM solo motorcycle world championship and Jonathan Rea, with his fourth WSBK win, became the most successful World Superbike rider in the history.

Ana Carrasco

Ana Carrasco has made history by becoming the first ever woman to win an FIM solo motorcycle world championship. She crossed the line in the 13th place in the final race of the season at Magny Cours. Not something phenomenal but just enough to secure the crown for the Spaniard. She had already taken two race victories in the season.

The path to the crown has been rather difficult for Carrasco. After her wins at Imola and Donington Park, Carassco struggled in the second half of the season, finishing in the top ten just twice. However, with closest rival Scott Deroue breaking down in the final race of the year, Carrasco’s 13th place was just enough to secure the crown from Mika Perez, who finished second for the third race in a row while Daniel Valle took a debut win.

Beginning her career in 2011, the Carrasco started out in the CEV 125 championship, where points scoring performances saw her secure a seat in the Moto3 World Championship in 2013. She’d move over to World Supersport 300 last year, where she won her first race at Portimao last year before going on to fight for the crown this season.

Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea who secured his fourth World Championship in Magny Cours, has become the most successful World Superbike rider of all time. He has been unbeaten since joining Kawasaki in 2015.

Bolting off the line from second on the grid, Rea latched on to the back of team-mate Tom Sykes before making his move on lap two, before checking out in his trademark dominant style. Tom Sykes and Xavi Fores completed the podium. Rea has been in a class of his own throughout 2018, the victory in Magny Cours is his 13th of the season and seventh on the bounce. He has finished off the podium in just three of the 21 races so far this year, to build an insurmountable points gap to Chaz Davies in second.

The victory sees him equal Carl Fogarty’s record for the most World Superbike titles on four, but having surpassed the former Ducati ace’s all-time win record earlier this year Rea can now be called the most successful rider in the history of the series.