Crash.net:

Are you enjoying the WorldSBK paddock more than the MotoGP one?

Ana Carrasco:

Honestly I like it more, I find it friendlier and feel more comfortable there. Also I feel that in WorldSBK they are looking for results more and that is good for the riders.

Crash.net:

What do you mean by ‘looking for results’?

Ana Carrasco:

I mean that the teams are only focused on the race and racing rather than being so concerned with the media, publicity and the stuff around racing. In MotoGP there is so much distracting media work to do.

The other thing about WorldSBK is that it’s not so crucial to be in a factory team. Here if you are in a well-run professional team you can always fight for the podium. That’s really motivating.

Crash.net:

Tell me about your arrangement with Provec for 2019 in World Supersport 300.

Ana Carrasco:

Well at the beginning the arrangement is to continue in 300’s and then we’ll see but I have to say that with a team like them it will be possible for me to fight for the title again.

The bike won’t be very different because it is just a standard Kawasaki but we are still finalizing who will be the team in my box – that is all being sorted by them. That’s the great thing about being in a team like that, they are able to take so much of that responsibility from me allowing me to concentrate on the riding.

Crash.net:

Are you finding getting sponsorship easier as a world champion?

Ana Carrasco:

Well now I can say that this isn’t my job any more, I can leave that to the team.

Crash.net:

Now that things have got more serious, you’re moving to Barcelona, right?

Ana Carrasco:

Yes, the reason is to be closer to the team so that I can be in instant contact. Also I want to be able to take part in their winter training programme. I train at home a lot but in Barcelona I’ll be able to train with other riders to improve motivation.

In Barcelona they have so many circuits and flat tracks whereas in Mucia there is only one and the competition from other riders will also be really important. It’s the team who will put together a training programme for me.

Overall I feel really excited about this new direction, to work with such a professional team.

Crash.net:

And how does this new commitment to racing go with your law studies? [Carrasco completed the second year of her part-time law degree in 2018]

Ana Carrasco:

Luckily the university is okay with making some changes to my course to take the riding into account.

Crash.net:

How do you see your future in terms of other bike classes?

Ana Carrasco:

I do want to move forward to different classes but I want to do it in the correct way and at the correct time but at the moment I just want to concentrate on this class. Next year we will see but at the moment the future is here.

Crash.net:

Do you think your size will make it difficult to ride a full superbike?

Ana Carrasco:

I don’t know about that, I feel sure that I would be able to ride a superbike I would just need to work on the training and get stronger. I feel sure I could do it.

Crash.net:

Have you ever tried riding a bigger bike?

Ana Carrasco:

Yes I have, I tried a 600cc and it felt really good, it wasn’t too big but more importantly I was fast. But let’s see how next year goes first and then we can look to the future. One step at a time.

Crash.net:

Thanks Ana!

Ana Carrasco:

Sure thing, thanks.

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