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His debut in the World Championship took place at the 2012 Jerez Grand Prix, when he was just 16 years old. She did it as a “wild card” since she still had no fixed place in the championship. His goal that season was to win the Moto3 CEV, as he did. He also added up to 11 participations in the world championship, with Suter-Honda, reaching 27 points to finish 20th in the championship.

By 2013 he already had a fixed place in the World Championship, with KTM within the Estrella Galicia team. In this way, the project started in previous years within the structure of the Monlau continued. It was a very good course. At the Indianapolis GP he was 2nd after Álex Rins, getting his first podium of the five that would add that season. In the penultimate round of the year, in Motegi, he would win his first victory to finish 4th in the general classification and best “rookie” of the year.

We were reaching 2014, his most successful year so far. Same category, same team but change of bike: Honda. HRC wanted to bet hard on the small class to counter the might of KTM that had won every race the previous season. Although the start was difficult, with poor results affecting the poor development of the bike, his consistency in the top positions led him to win the Moto3 World title in the last round of the calendar, Valencia. 10 podiums, with 3 wins and a heart attack finish against Australian Jack Miller.

In 2015 he would make the natural leap to Moto2, included within the Estrella Galicia Marc VDS team. It was a year of adaptation, without brilliant results, whose best result in the race was a 4th position. An important step forward was expected for 2016, but many falls came. In the second half he improved his performance and got his first podium in the category, being 2nd at Motorland. Two very difficult years out of the TOP 10 in the general classification. There are those who criticized his renewal by the team for 2017, but he would respond on the track.

That important step forward came for 2017. Improved speed and most importantly, reduced falls. Throughout the championship he was the third man, after the top candidates Luthi and Morbidelli, adding his first Moto2 victory at the Spanish GP in Jerez. He would get two more in Catalonia and in Motegi, with which he has a special relationship. Worst of all were the injuries. He was injured in his fall from Germany and had to spend almost every vacation in a neck brace. At Misano he fell in training, injuring his hip. For that reason he did not score in San Marino and had to retire at Motorland, he could not bear the pain despite trying. These injuries, together with a great finish for Miguel Oliveira with KTM, brought him down from the 3rd final position, to be 4th.

2018 is presented as the challenge of becoming Moto2 world champion before jumping into MotoGP but the championship did not go as expected. The falls weighed down his options and he would repeat in fourth position with several podiums during the year.

  • Date of birth: April 23, 1996
  • Place of birth: Cervera (Lérida)
  • Weight: 65 kilos
  • Height: 1.80 meters
  • Bike: Kalex
  • Number: 73
  • Helmet: Shoei
  • Jumpsuit: Alpinestars
  • Sponsors: Estrella Galicia, Allianz, Nilox, Northweek, Rodi Motor Services, RACC, Specialized, Alpinestars, Shoei.

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