PART II: Top 10 Favourite Female Bikers
5. MARIA COSTELLO MBE, TT AND IRISH ROAD RACES
Ever since her debut at the 1997 Honda CB500 Cup, Maria Costello is ahead of many women when it comes to raising awareness for women's participation in the motorbike racing scene. She's raced World Endurance, European Superstock and other short circuits since then. She focuses primarily on road racing in Ireland, especially the TT where she achieved a female lap record for many years, and the Manx Grand Pix. Costello has also written her own autobiography and still promotes her women-only track days.
4. MARIA HERRERA MUNOZ, SPANISH CEV MOTO3
Hailing from Toledo, Spain, 21-year-old Maria Herrera Munoz led the Spanish CEV Moto3 Championship in 201- the wildly competitive feeder class into MotoGP Moto3- with a win and second place. Although having failed the wildcard ride in Moto3 at 2013's Aragon MotoGP, it didn't stop her from making a name for herself in the Junior Team Estrella Galicia early results, where she rides a Honda Moto3 NSF250, leading home a field of 19 other riders, all male, all teenagers, and all riding out of their skins. I'm thinking, she could be the female Marc Marquez, don't you think?
3. JENNY TINMOUTH, BSB
Tinmouth is the first and only woman racing in British Superbikes. Tinmouth was qualifying for the 2014 season opener at Brands BSB but in horrible, slippery, wet conditions. This didn't stop her from taking her TWR Fireblade to 17th place on the grid and left a trail of seasoned BSB regulars in her wake. Tinmouth was one of the fastest-ever woman at the TT, setting an outright lap at 119.9mph in 2010.
2. JANE DANIELS, WORLD ENDURO
24-year-old Jane Daniels was UK's number one female enduro rider in 2014, taking second place overall in Women's Enduro World Cup in 2013 and winning the race in France; beating her competitor and champ Laia Sanz. Daniels won second place in the opening of the WEWC 2014, and finished 12th overall in the expert class at the Tough One hard enduro at Hawkstone Park. Daniels is someone all riders including male riders, should watch out as she's been highly rated by her fellow male riders.
1. ANA ARRASCO GABARRON, MOTOGP MOTO3
The only female competitor in the MotoGP, 21-year-old Ana Carrasco Gabarron rode a Kale KTM in Moto3. Born in Spain, Gabarron started riding at the age of three. She competed in the Spanish MiniGP series and also the Spanish 125 Championship. At age 16, she made her World Championship debut in 2013 and took home her first World Championship points in the Malaysian GP later that year. Gabarron's motto is "A woman in a man's world".