A historic moment for women in racing was witnessed this past weekend as the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) came together to hold the first-ever motorsport conference for women.

The conference took place in Vierumäki, Finland. It was aimed at bringing the conversation and focus around women empowerment, leadership, women’s role in the industry, and the future task of involving women in racing. The conference was held over two days and saw nearly 40 speakers from 25 countries and 5 continents, most of them being women. The event saw these ladies sharing their stories and experiences in motorsport.

The conference follows the recent efforts of sports regulatory bodies around the world to encourage more women to take part in sports. FIM & FIA have been working hard just as much to encourage more women to join the ranks of motorsport, both on and off the track.

We believe that the experiences shared by the female competitors and industry efforts will help open the doors for future generations of motorsport for both, competitors and fans. And as we have seen in the recent past at the highest levels of motorcycle racing, women are starting to not only be a part of but excel in the sport which was once considered a male-only domain. A recent example of the same can be Ana Carrasco, who became the first woman to win an FIM solo motorcycle world championship as she took the World Supersport 300 title.

In our country as well, manufacturers such as TVS with their racing programmes for women and JK Tyre with JKNRC have been putting in a lot of efforts to bring more and more women into the motorsport arena. And these efforts have bore fruit as well. We are of the belief that efforts like these will continue to increase the number of women in racing which is important for the overall growth of the sport as well.