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Alex Marquez

Alex Marquez

Date of birth: 23 April 1996
Place of birth: Cervera, Spain

Like his older brother Mark, Alex Marquez started his career in the Catalan championships. In 2010, he joined the Monlau Competicion team to debut in the Spanish 125 cc championship. Five days too young to take part in the first race, he finished eleventh in the second race in Albacete. A position he would also hold in the standings at the end of the season. In 2011 the 125 cc class was replaced by the Moto3 class. Regularly in the frontrunners, Marquez finished the season as vice-champion. In 2012, he won the title in Spain and took part in a series of Grand Prix with wild cards. In 2013, he entered the Moto3 World Championship full-time with KTM. Coached by Emilio Alzamora, he landed his first success at the end of the year in Japan and finished fourth in the championship.

For the next season, the Monlau team swapped its KTMs for Hondas. The start of the season was a little complicated, but Alex was getting better with each race. With ten podiums including three victories, he won the title during the last race in Valencia against Australia's Jack Miller. In 2015, Marquez moved up to Moto2 with the team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS where he met up again with his great friend Tito Rabat. Although he scored two promising fourth places at Brno and Silverstone, the former Moto3 world champion had to content himself at the end of the season with the fourteenth place in the championship. Backed by that experience, Marquez attacked the 2016 season racing all-out with his foot to the floor. Which unfortunately earned him a number of crashes and shock defeats. Finishing second at Aragon, however, he managed to make it to his first podium in September, on his home turf. Finishing thirteenth overall, he needs to be more consistent this season if he wants to become a candidate for the world title.

2016: 13th in the Moto2 World Championship
2015: 14th in the Moto2 World Championship
2014: Moto3 World Champion
2013: 4th in the Moto3 World Championship
2012: Moto3 Spanish Champion, 20th in the Moto3 world championship
2011: 2nd in the Spanish Moto3 Championship
2010: 11th in the Spanish 125 cc Championship

 

Joan Mir

Joan Mir

Date of birth:1 September 1997
Place of birth: Palma de Mallorca, Spain

One season to train, one season to triumph. Has Joan Mir made Valentino Rossi's motto his own? Proud of the comparison with his illustrious elder, the Spaniard has nevertheless kept his feet on the ground. Although last year he won the title of Moto3 World Champion in his second Grand Prix season, Joan Mir knows that the road ahead is still long before becoming one of the best riders of all time. After being taught to ride a bike by Jorge Lorenzo's father, also born in Majorca, Joan started competition racing with the Red Bull Rookies Cup in 2013. The following season, he finished second in this competition behind Jorge Martín. Fourth in the Moto3 Spanish Championship in 2015, he was recruited the following season by Christian Lundberg to team up with Fabio Quartararo and Andrea Locatelli. After a rather chaotic first half of the season, he made it to his first podium in Austria, brilliantly winning the race. The machine was up and running. Third in Misano and second in Valencia, he finished his first world championship season in fifth position. After changing to a Honda, he was unbeatable in 2017. With thirteen podiums including ten victories, Joan Mir won the title in Australia, where two years ago he had ridden in his first Grand Prix as a substitute for Hiroki Ono. This year, Joan Mir is making his debut in Moto2 under the management of Michael Bartholemy and alongside Alex Márquez.

2017: Moto3 World Champion
2016: 5th in the Moto3 World Championship
2015: First Moto3 World Championship Race
2014: 2nd in the Red Bull Rookies Cup

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