By Lisa Lewis

Following in the footsteps of Moto3 regular Ana Carrasco, fellow female rider Maria Herrera will be joining the lightweight class as a wild-card.

Herrera will take to the grid at Aragon next month, the scene of her recent CEV victory - the the first for a female rider in any class of the Spanish Championship.

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The Repsol sponsored teenager had the news confirmed by her sponsor on Twitter, where @Box_Repsol they posted "Great news! @MariiaHerrera_6 will take part as a wild card in next Aragon GP".

The 16-year-old is currently third in the Moto3 class of the Spanish championship for the Estrella Galicia Junior Team with 43 points, only ten points adrift of leader Marcos Ramirez with four races remaining.

Her success comes after some serious backing and promotion. Not only is she sponsored by Repsol but Herrera also trains with Go & Fun Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista.

Both riders hail from Toledo and Bautista has been instrumental in steering her career. The Honda rider is a financial backer to her and they also share the same manager, Armando Guerrero.

It was also Bautista who suggested to Emilio Alzamora, who runs the Estrella Galicia Junior Team in the Spanish Championship, that she was worthy of a ride, telling gpone.com earlier this year:

"I had recommended her to Alzamora, because I knew she was good. It's a bit like me, she is a racer who wants to understand everything, she isn't good 'by chance', because she rides for the sake of it. Emilio offered her a chance and her talent did the rest".

Alzamora's previous proteges, who rode at the Monlau Competicion school and team in the Spanish Championship have included MotoGP Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez and current the current Estrella Galicia Moto3 line-up of Alex Marquez and Alex Rins.

The Aragon round of the Moto3 championship takes place on the weekend of 27-29 September.