“I thought I was going to finish second…”: Herrera discusses history-making weekend

The Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” saw phenomenal action across all three classes, but it also saw the Championship bear witness to history being made, with the debut round of the FIM Women’s Circuit Racing World Championship delivering some of the biggest highlights across the weekend. The big winner was Maria Herrera (Klint Forward Factory Team) who won both races in what proved to be an exceptional opening weekend for the Spaniard.

“THE BRAKE WAS DIFFICULT TO MANAGE”: Herrera discusses Misano double

Given that she was able to pick up maximum points from the weekend, there was only one place to start – making history by winning an incredible Race 2. Herrera and compatriot Sara Sanchez (511 Terra&Vita Racing Team) engaged in an intense duel across the final few laps, before the #6 rider took advantage of the final Sector at Misano to secure a second win. Herrera gave her thoughts on the finish by saying: “I am really happy with the race today, because I started from fourth position. It was difficult to put myself in the right position in the first corner…but the pace was fast! The brake was difficult to manage in the temperature, but for sure I could be fast.”

“I SAW SARA BRAKE EARLIER THAN ME”: Herrera on last lap duel

Herrera, who managed to secure a brilliant last sector overtake on Sanchez, was asked about how she managed to pull off such a dramatic, yet brilliant move to secure a second consecutive win. Discussing this, Maria said: “Mamma Mia! It was difficult to pass Sara, but she closed the door. I thought about going around the outside, but the rear tyre was sliding. I thought I was going to finish second, but then I saw Sara brake earlier than me, and I realised that I could do it.”

Onwards to Donington Park: “I HOPE TO ESCAPE A LITTLE BIT MORE!”

It appears that there is a lot of widespread excitement and intrigue regarding the next round coming from the UK; specifically, Donington Park. And it appears that the Championship leader shares that excitement and optimism. Discussing coming to the track with the WorldWCR grid, Herrera said: “I think that track will be fast, and with a big group also. I hope to be a higher level, and to escape a little bit more!”

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Source: WorldSBK.com

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