Raúl Fernández

2018 FIM Moto3 Junior World Champion

Born on 23 October 2000 in Madrid, Spain

FERNANDEZ TAKES FAST TRACK TO THE TOP

Raùl Fernàndez (KTM) was crowned as the FIM Moto3 Junior World Champion before a wheel was even turned at the final round of the season in Valencia, with his only title rival Manuel Pagliani (Honda) forced to withdraw. However, the odds were already heavily stacked in the favour of the Spanish youngster, who went into the final two races of the campaign needing just two points to wrap up an outstanding championship.

After conceding victory by just 0.199 seconds to Pagliani (Honda) in the opening round at Estoril, the Spaniard claimed a fourth place and a win in the two-race second round at Valencia to take a championship lead that he would not relinquish for the remainder of the season. Two further victories – at Aragón and Albacete - and a total of six podiums put Fernàndez in the perfect position to lift the title before he moves up to the FIM Moto3 World Championship next season, having already impressed at Grand Prix level in 2018 with several points-scoring rides as a wildcard.

Fernàndez only started racing minibikes in 2011 before being nurtured by the Cuna de Campeones youth development system and progressing quickly to the Moto3 Spanish Championship. In 2015 he entered four rounds at national level, taking two wins, three second places and a fourth, and made his international debut in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. In 2016 he took two wins and six podiums in the youth series and after a difficult season riding a Mahindra in the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship in 2017, he switched to a KTM for 2018 and emerged as one of the brightest talents in Circuit Racing.

PALMARES
World title - 2018

Dennis Foggia

2017 FIM Moto3 Junior World Champion

Born on 7 January 2001 in Algemesi, Italy

MOTO3 JUNIOR CHAMPION REMAINS IN ITALY

Dennis Foggia (KTM) ensured that the FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship remained in Italy in 2017, following in the footsteps of his compatriot Lorenzo Dalla Porta as he clinched the title with two races to spare. 

Jeremy Alcoba (Honda) made the early season running with a victory and a third place in the opening two rounds at Albacete and Le Mans, whilst back-to-back wins for Alonso López (Honda) at the French round and the first of two races at Barcelona-Catalunya pulled him into direct contention with his fellow Spaniard. However, a spell of inconsistency for the pair was met by a run of three straight wins for Foggia, who took the championship lead with a dominant double in round four at Valencia, before following up at Estoril.

A second place in the first race at Jerez edged Foggia closer to the title and even when he crashed in race two, when he was taken out in the last corner by López, Vicente Pérez (KTM) was the only one of the top seven in the championship to capitalise with a points-finish. 

As such, Foggia went into the penultimate event at MotorLand Aragón needing just fifteen points to secure the title. The Junior Team VR46 Riders Academy rider showed his intent in qualifying, scoring his first pole position of the season, before making sure of the championship with second place in a race won by Jaume Masia (KTM).

PALMARES
World title - 2017

Lorenzo Dalla Porta

2016 FIM Moto3 Junior World Champion

Born 22nd June 1997 in Prato, Italy

Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Husqvarna) was proclaimed FIM Moto3™ Junior World Champion after a dramatic final day of the season at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo in Spain. The Italian took a fourteen-point lead over Marcos Ramírez (KTM) into the last two races of the campaign, thanks largely to a mid-season run of form that included three straight wins at Barcelona-Catalunya and Albacete. Ramírez had slashed the points difference with a pair of wins and a second place at Portimao and Jerez, setting up a tense title decider in Valencia.  

The drama began just moments before the start of the first race, when Dalla Porta's machine caught fire on the grid. Amazingly, his bike was judged race-worthy for the restart and he came from pit-lane through the 44-rider field to pick up three points in twelfth. Meanwhile Ramírez took his fifth win of the season and moved to the top of the championship by nine points with one race to go. However, the Spaniard's luck would turn around in race two, a crash on lap twelve handing the initiative to Dalla Porta, who took a safe second behind team-mate Raul Fernández (Husqvarna) to clinch the title. Fernández's first win, combined with second place in race one, proved enough to overhaul Japanese talent Kaito Toba (Honda) for third place.