2018 FIM Supersport 300 World Champion
Born on 10 March 1997 in Murcia, Spain
Born on 10 March 1997 in Murcia, Spain
Born on 9 January 1993, Australia
Born on 8 September 1994, France
Born on 2 August 1984 in Sèvre, France
FREDDY’S ENDURING DESIRE
Freddy Foray signed up with Masakazu Fujii’s F.C.C. TSR Honda France Team for 2018 and became an FIM Endurance World Champion for the third time in his career, finally backing up the title he won back in 2010 and 2011 with SERT.
After starting his career in the French 125cc, Supersport and Superbike Championships, Foray became a mainstay of the FIM EWC paddock from 2005, when he competed in the Bol d’Or for the first time. After showing his potential over several seasons in the Superstock category, in 2009 he was signed up as a replacement rider for SERT and he received his big break at the Bol d'Or, when he was drafted in to join Vincent Philippe and Olivier Four and won the race.
It was the start of a great relationship between Foray and SERT, who clinched the FIM EWC title for the next two seasons, but 2011 also featured a career low for the Frenchman when he suffered a head injury in a French Superbike round at Magny Cours. After departing SERT at the end of that year he came back in 2012 to win the Le Mans 24 Heures on a Kawasaki before switching to ride for Honda in the German and British Superbike paddocks.
Foray moved back to the FIM EWC with Honda in 2014 and even though he would have to wait longer than he’d hoped to challenge for another title, his opportunity came in 2018, when he was teamed up with relative newcomers Alan Techer and Josh Hook in a new-look F.C.C. TSR Honda France Team that took the Japanese manufacturer back to the top.
Team Manager: Masakazu Fujii (JPN)
Riders: Freddy Foray, Alan Techer, Josh Hook
Photo Crédit: fimewc.com
Born on 4 December 1994 in Rome, Italy
FRANKIE CAN RELAX
Franco Morbidelli (Kalex) was crowned the 2017 FIM Moto2 World Champion with a race to spare after taking eight wins, six poles and eleven podiums to become the first Italian champion in the intermediate class since Marco Simoncelli in 2008. Morbidelli arrived in Moto2 from national and European STK600 racing with three appearances in 2013 that gained him a full-time ride for the following year. Some top ten results in the latter half of that season laid the foundations for 2015, when he scored top six results in the opening five rounds and a debut podium at Indianapolis.
Morbidelli showed his championship potential in 2016, recovering from a slow start to score eight podiums from the last eleven races, but nobody could have predicted the form he showed at the start of this campaign. Off to a flying start with a faultless win from pole in Qatar, Morbidelli scored three further wins from the next four races to establish a lead he would not relinquish. Victories at Assen and Sachsenring further cemented his position, before he crashed out of the lead at Misano. Next time out at MotorLand Aragon, the VR46 academy prospect took on compatriot Mattia Pasini (Kalex) in a stunning duel, and put everything on the line for his eighth win of the year.
'Frankie' arrived for the penultimate round at Sepang with a 29-point advantage and following a dramatic qualifying session that saw key rival Thomas Lüthi (Kalex) ruled out of action after suffering a fracture in his foot, Morbidelli’s advantage at the top was enough to declare him the champion.
Word title - 2017
Born on 1 November 1999 in Barcelona, Spain
GARCIA BECOMES FIRST EVER CHAMPION OF NEW CLASS
Marc Garcia (Yamaha) made history in 2017 as the first ever winner of the new FIM Supersport 300 World Championship, taking the title by a single point from Alfonso Coppola (Yamaha) in a gripping final-round decider at Jerez. The new series was designed as an entry-level World Championship that would give new teams and riders from all corners of the globe the opportunity to make their mark on the international stage, and so it proved with the emergence of some exciting young talent and incredibly close racing all season.
Running alongside all European rounds of the FIM World Superbike Championship, the first WorldSSP300 race took place at Aragon in April, with the Netherlands' Scott Deroue (Kawasaki) taking an historic win. Deroue doubled up in his home round at Assen however podium consistency proved key to the title as groups of six or more riders regularly crossed the line within the same second. One such heart-stopping battle at Portimao was won by Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki), who became the first ever female to win an FIM World Championship Circuit Racing event after overcoming both Coppola and Garcia by less than a tenth of a second.
Garcia took his second win and fifth podium in the penultimate round at Magny Cours to set up a grand finale against Coppola, who trailed by four points. The title swung both ways throughout another race-long group skirmish, which wasn't decided until the final lap as Coppola crossed the line third, just 0.038 seconds behind race winner and Indonesian wildcard Galang Hendra (Yamaha), but with Garcia claiming the title just behind him in fourth.
World title - 2017
Born on 1 September 1997 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
JOAN IS THE MIR-ACLE MAN!
Joan Mir (Honda) became the first rider ever to score more than eight wins in a single FIM Moto3 World Championship season as he stormed to the title in dominant fashion. A former FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship rider in 2015, when he gave a sign of his great promise by standing on the podium at each of the races he finished, Mir was crowned Rookie of the Year at Grand Prix level in 2016 with fourth place overall and kicked off this campaign with a second career victory in the opening round at Losail. The 19-year-old would hold firm at the head of the standings throughout the remainder of a stunning campaign.
Backing up his victory in Qatar with the same result at round two in Argentina, Texas proved to be his worst result in the first half of the year when he came eighth, but Mir bounced back on home turf at Jerez to take third, only a tenth off the win, and was quickly back on the top step at Le Mans. He won again at the Catalan GP before stringing together wins at Sachsenring, Brno and Austria. After losing some ground to key rival Aron Canet (Honda) at Silverstone, he produced a calm ride to second in the rain at Misano and Aragon saw him back on top of the podium, setting him up with his first chance at the title at Motegi.
In torrential conditions, the tale took a twist as Romano Fenati (Honda) took the win and Mir failed to score, but at Phillip Island it was a different story, as the Majorcan took his ninth win of the year clinch the title with two rounds to spare.
World title – 2017