MotoGP: The big day in Moto3 of Albert Arenas, the university student of the 'paddock'



After many injuries and almost missing the World Cup train, he is the first leader of the championship at 23 years old.

Albert Arenas celebrates his victory, this Sunday in Qatar.

The first chapters in the history of Albert Arenas they are repeated: like so many pilots, he inherited his father Manel's obsession with speed; Like so many riders, very young, at the age of four he got on his first pocket bike; and like so many pilots, at the age of seven he already competes in training categories. From Girona as Maverick Viales, although a year younger (24 years), he ran on the same teams, dominated the same bikes and won the same titles as him, but in 2014, when he began to excel in the Spanish Speed ​​Championship ( CEV), its path twisted.

Since then, the story of Albert Arenas has been different from the rest.

Absent MotoGP in Qatar, this Sunday he won the first race of the Moto3 World Championship being the second oldest rider on the grid only behind the British John McPhee, precisely who else discussed the success. In the six years that have passed since it had to be his takeoff until his triumph yesterday, many things happened, many injuries, many disappointments and only some happiness, although all of them crucial. Like the call of Jorge Martnez Aspar that he received at the end of 2016, when he was already 20 years old, to finally offer him a fixed position in the World Cup.

But before that I needed a lot, a lot of patience.

Arenas appeared at CEV in 2011, just 14 years old, like all prodigies, and immediately stood out. In his first year, with adversaries like Lex Rins, lex mrquez, Jack Miller, Pecco Bagnaia, got a fifth place; in the following season he got on his first podium; and in the other, he celebrated his first victory in Albacete. In 2014 he was going to fight for the championship and debuted in the Moto3 World Championship when he broke three metacarpals from the right hand in Alcaiz and had to be out for several months. In the end the whole course was missed. And a year later, in 2015, despite being the CEV runner-up behind Nicol Bulega, nobody called him.

For a time he did not know what to do.

The World Cup train had passed and he could look for other formulas, like the Superbikes, or insist on his dream. And so he did. Although at the same time another future was assured. While staying at the CEV at an unusual age, at 20 years old, she studied Industrial Engineering at the Sarri Chemical Institute, a rarity for a pilot. In fact, since the withdrawal of Axel Pons There is no graduate in the paddock. Between notes, in mid-2016 I called him Aspar to replace Alexis Masbou in some races and, after assuring his presence in the World Cup at the end of that same year, today he is already a regular in Moto3.

In fact, his victory this Sunday is the fourth in his palmars.

In 2017, despite several injuries, he kept Aspar's confidence, in 2018 he achieved his first World Cup victory at Le Mans and, last year, despite a very difficult one in a bicycle training that almost cost him his spleen, he renewed for this 2020 thanks to a victory in Thailand. This course your objective is the title of Moto3 and try, once and for all, to start the ascent that leads to MotoGP.

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