Elena Rosell was the first woman to race a Moto2 race during the 2011 season. Next year, she'll be the first woman to race full time in the Moto2 World Championship class.
According to BikeRacing.IT, Rosell, a 25-year-old from Valencia, made her debut at the Assen circuit last year when she filled in for the injured Julian Simon.
Before her debut, Rosell said:
"I still can't believe the opportunity I have this weekend... It is an opportunity I have been hoping for ever since I began racing and I have to thank the MAPFRE Aspar Team for the faith they have shown in me. I am going to make my Moto2 debut with one of the best teams and words can't describe how that makes me feel.... I have a huge challenge ahead of me this weekend. A new category, new bike and new circuit... My objective is to enjoy my first race in the World Championship and try to learn as much as possible."
Rosell's debut, to put it nicely, was disastrous. Rosell crashed three times during the practice session and did not make the final qualifying.
But Jorge "Aspar" Martinez was still impressed with Rosell. He trained her and invited to race as a wild card at the Aragon and Valencia GPs where she finished 33rd and 25th respectively. Rosell also raced in the last three rounds of the CEV Moto2 Championship with the Aspar sponsored Team Laglisse.
Katja Poensgen, Nikoletta Kovacs and Marketa Janakova, have all raced at the world level but Rosell will be the first to race full time in the Moto2 class.