Women riders have recently found success in world class motorcycle racing. Ana Carrasco became the first woman to win a solo motorcycle racing world championship when she won the Supersport 300 crown in 2018. This year, her Spanish compatriot María Herrera is juggling both world championship duties of MotoE and Supersport.
However, with every win there is also a setback, and misogyny (conscious or unconscious) still exists in sports. To help close the representation gap, FHO Racing will field two women in the UK HEL Performance Junior Supersport Championship. With Charlotte Marcuzzo, 16, and Scarlett Robinson, 17, in the saddle, FHO Racing will supervise and support the two young riders of the competitive junior class.
While team principal Faye Ho leads the initiative to bring more women to the grid, she is also a trailblazer.
“I am delighted to announce our new association with Charlotte and Scarlett for the remainder of the season,” said Ho. “It has always been a huge ambition for me to become a team owner in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, and making that dream come true this season has been a huge achievement for me, especially being the only woman currently in this position. “
The opportunity will not only put Faye in the spotlight, but it will also strengthen the two young drivers.
“It’s huge for me and I feel like we’re already getting noticed more, especially because of the color scheme,” said Robinson. “If this can help raise our profile further, it will hopefully also mean that we can strengthen our existing partners, who allow us to race. “
Of course, to open doors for future riders, the FHO team will have to be competitive in a rambling Junior Supersport class. Under Ho’s tutelage, Stuart Easton won the Macau GP in 2010. Currently Isle of Man TT winner Peter Hickman and Spanish rider Xavi Flores are also part of Ho’s BMW Superbike team, adding a pedigree to the FHO outfit.
“This new association means that as a winning team in Britain’s biggest motorsport championship, we can offer advice and guidance on how to further their careers and truly stand up for women in sport. “Ho added.” I hope this new collaboration will also bring new interest to the project and we welcome any brands who would like to partner to support their dream to get in touch.