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.
The Aspar Team will have two champions in its garages in 2012. Toni Elias, who won the Moto2 Championship in 2012, will return to the class to defend after spending 2011 in the MotoGP. And Nicolas Terol, who won the 2011 125cc Championship, will be stepping up to the Moto2 class in 2012.
“I’m really delighted to return to the Aspar Team which is like a family to me because I was there in 2002 and 2003,” said Elias. “Many years have passed since then but I’ll work with the same technical team, and I know they have great potential. Added to that is the fact the bike is very strong. We’ll work extremely hard throughout the winter to be ready for next season, and I think we can have a very good campaign. We fought for the title together in 2003 and in the end we weren’t able to get it, so we have unfinished business there. This is an added motivation to fight for the title in 2012.”
Terol was also enthusiastic to be riding with the Aspar team.
“It was a fantastic achievement to take the last-ever 125cc title and it was something that had been a dream since I was a child,” Terol said. “It’s also helped me to make the step up to Moto2 with much more motivation. I knew if I won the title it’d help raise my confidence in myself. I’ll approach the season with great patience, without rushing but at the same time without slowing down, and always working hard to improve. Next week we’ll test at Jerez and during the winter I’ll work hard to be ready for when I get back on the bike. I feel privileged to have a team-mate like Toni, and I think the Aspar team has formed a great team which can achieve huge success.”