Breaking his tibia and fibula at the Catalan GP, Julian Simón will continue his recovery, and miss the next Moto2 race, which is at Assen this weekend. Replacing the young Spaniard is Elena Rosell, who currently is eleventh in the CEV Stock Extreme series (she sits third in the privateer category), and with this appointment she will be the first female rider ever to compete in the Moto2 Championship. Rosell is also the first female rider ever for the Mapfre Aspar Team, and the first woman to compete in GP racing since 2003.
“I still can’t believe the opportunity I have this weekend. The possibility of me joining up with the Mapfre Aspar Team for a race was first discussed last week and it has been a nerve-wracking few days for me,” said Rosell. “It is an opportunity I have been hoping for ever since I began racing and I have to thank the Mapfre Aspar Team for the faith they have shown in me. I am going to make my Moto2 debut with one of the best teams and words can’t describe how that makes me feel. I can’t wait to get to Holland so that I can start to believe it.”