In these few lines I’d like to tell you a bit about myself and the path that led me to the World Championship, which was riddled with hard and difficult times, but also full of fun and wonderful moments I will treasure forever. Bikes and sports have always been my life…
I was born on 17 February 1993 in Cervera, a village in Catalonia, quite close to the town of Lleida, just one hour drive from Barcelona. I really loved bikes, and I got my first one when I was only four, as a present from my parents, Roser and Julià. I have a younger brother, Alex, who is also really into bikes, and I hope that one day he will be in the World Championship too.
I started with an enduro bike and in 2001 I won the Catalan title, which boosted my motivation for the future. Step by step I started trying different two-wheel sports and when I realised that in the off-road I was even faster, I asked myself “why not trying?”. I made my debut in 2002 and ended up in third position of the Catalan Championship.
The year after, I won the Open Racc 50 and in 2004 I met Emilio Alzamora and began my relation with the Monlau family, that always treated me like a son. Speed was becoming a serious matter in my life, and I was focusing all my efforts on it, enjoying every moment.
Together with my manager Emilio, I started as a rookie in 125cc and concluded the season as Catalan runner up after Pol Espargaró, but in 2005 and 2006 I got on top of the podium. When I was 15, I joined the CEV Championship (Spanish motorcycling Championship), and riding on KTM 125 FRR I had the opportunity to compete with some of the most promising riders.
During the same year, something extraordinary happened: I got the first victory of my record list. That was one of the most incredible moments of my career, being on top of the podium in Jerez, a circuit full of history and tradition. From that moment on, everything has been very fast.
In 2008 I made my debut as a rookie in the World 125cc Championship. Thanks to Emilio and the KTM Repsol Team, little by little I got used to the class and in Montmelo, the closest circuit to Cervera, I qualified among the first 10 riders. Just two weeks after, I reached the first podium of my life in a World Championship, in Donington Park. According to the records, I was 15 years and 126 days old at that time. Even though we are not racing anymore on that track, when I travel to England I always remember the great moments we shared with the team and my family there. In 2009 I made my second podium and my two first “pole positions”.
In 2010, my dreams came true and I became the World Champion. That was an incredible season with 10 victories and 12 poles. I will never forget that unbelievable weekend in Estoril, the day of the race was full of adrenaline and emotions. Winning the title was a unique moment, and I wish I could repeat the experience, nothing else could make me happier…
“In 2010, my dreams came true and I became the World Champion. That was an incredible season with 10 victories and 12 poles”