Jorge Martin

2018 FIM Moto3 World Champion

Born on 29th January 1998 in Madrid, Spain

MAGIC MARTIN COMES OUT ON TOP

Jorge Martin (Honda) sealed the FIM Moto3 World Championship in style with his seventh victory of the season at the penultimate round in Malaysia. Martin was a frontrunner throughout the season but the Spaniard had to weather the ups and downs of a tense year of competition to come out on top against key rivals Marco Bezzecchi (KTM) and Fabio Di Giannantonio (Honda).

Martin made his debut on the world stage in 2015 but emerged as a serious title threat two years later, when he picked up the first of nine podiums in the opening round of 2017 in Qatar, as well as posting nine pole positions. After proving that the speed was there, a maiden victory in the final round at Valencia showed that he was ready to challenge for bigger things in 2018 and the 20-year-old did not disappoint.

The year began perfectly with victories in Qatar and Texas but incidents with other riders at Jerez and Le Mans resulted in two DNFs and threatened to undermine his season as Bezzecchi hit form. More wins at Mugello, Assen and Sachsenring sandwiched another zero in Catalunya before disaster struck at Brno as the Spaniard broke his left wrist in FP1. Incredibly, Martin returned to the track just a week later in Austria, taking a stunning podium finish in a race won by his great rival to keep himself in the hunt.

The pendulum continued to swing between Martin and Bezzechi, both riders collecting more wins and zeroes, before eventually a crash for the Italian at Phillip Island gave the Spaniard his title shot. Di Giannantonio had scored two wins and six podiums to keep himself in contention but after another incredible race, Martin pulled the pin to perfection and with Bezzecchi in fifth and Di Giannantonio sixth, he could celebrate an emotional title.

Jorge Martín is the fourth Honda rider to win the FIM Moto3 World Championship title and the third rider from Spain after Maverick Viñales, Álex Márquez and Joan Mir.

PALMARES
World title – 2018

Joan Mir

2017 FIM Moto3 World Champion

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.

PALMARES
World title – 2017

Brad Binder

2016 FIM Moto3 World Champion

Born on 11 August 1995 in Potchefstroom, South Africa

IT'S BIN EMOTIONAL!

Brad Binder (KTM) became the first South African rider to win a Grand Prix Circuit Racing world title in 36 years when he was crowned FIM Moto3 World Champion with four races to spare. After a strong start to his fifth season at this level, which began with three podiums and the championship lead after the opening three races, Binder announced himself as a serious title candidate with a stunning ride in round four at Jerez, where he was forced to start from the back of the grid due to a technical infringement but stormed through the 35-rider field to claim his first career victory. Subsequent back-to-back wins followed at Le Mans and Mugello, and as early championship challengers Jorge Navarro (Honda) and Romano Fenati (KTM) faded due to injury and a team dispute respectively, Binder consolidated his advantage.

Second place to Navarro by just 0.030 seconds at Aragón in September secured KTM's third Moto3 title, making Binder only the third South African champion in history and the first since Jon Ekerold (350cc) in 1980. Two more wins followed at Phillip Island and Valencia, taking his tally to seven for the season, with Enea Bastianini (Honda) finally securing the hotly-disputed runner-up spot in the championship in a final-round decider with Navarro and Pecco Bagnaia (Mahindra).