PONS Racing leaves the Motorcycle World Championship after 42 years and Sito Pons faces a new era


The PONS Racing team, created and directed by the Spanish ex-driver Sito Pons, has already confirmed that it will leave the Moto2 World Championship at the end of this season, after having participated for 42 years in the highest motorcycling championship and having won five titles for drivers, along with to three other team titles.

With 71 victories and more than 230 podiums to date, PONS Racing will leave the intermediate category of the World Championship based on “a thoughtful decision” and “with enormous satisfaction for the good work done”, as specified this Saturday. in his press release.

“Throughout these years in Moto2, the team has been one of the protagonists of the championship and the best riders currently competing in MotoGP have passed through it”, alluded to the brothers Pol and Aleix Espargaró, Fabio Quartararo, Maverick Viñales, Alex Rins and Augusto Fernández. “Without a doubt, he has contributed to the development of all of them and together they achieved great success,” the note added.

“But the history of PONS Racing goes back much further, from the two world champion titles of Sito Pons himself in 1988 and 1989. In 1992 he would make the leap to 500cc together with Álex Crivillé, who would achieve the first victory for a rider Spanish in the category”, recalled the press text.

Thus, Pons managed to make his team the last to win the team title, beating the officials. “Among all its drivers, the names of the Spanish Álex Crivillé, Alberto Puig, Carlos Checa stand out, as well as the drivers Alex Barros, Loris Capirossi, Max Biaggi, Troy Bayliss, Tohru Ukawa,” PONS Racing has listed.

“In the second stage in the intermediate category, PONS Racing was the last team to achieve victory in the now defunct 250cc category at the hands of Héctor Barberá, and in 2013 it was successful by winning the Moto2 title with Pol Espargaró , adding two more team world champion titles, as well as the two titles in the MotoE World Cup with Jordi Torres, in 2020 and 2021,” the note added.

“Sometimes one has to make certain decisions and I think that now is the time to close this stage that is so successful that we have enjoyed with the team. Since my time as a driver, it has been 42 years in the championship and when we did the project we knew that we wanted to be a leading team and season after season and we have always been fighting among the best. And our stage in MotoGP was very successful, as well as the years in Moto2”, declared Sito Pons, general director of the team.

“I am proud to have contributed to the development of the sports careers of all these riders and that some of them are still the protagonists in MotoGP today. PONS Racing’s commitment has always been to support Spanish riders and serve as a launching pad for MotoGP and We have done so, providing them with the best tools to achieve the best results and training them both professionally and personally”, Pons himself continued.

“I cannot forget all the sponsors that have been part of the team. We have always felt supported and thanks to them we have been able to do all these projects. My most sincere thanks. And also to all the drivers, mechanics, team personnel who have confident in PONS Racing”, stressed Pons.

“People are what make the team work and we have been lucky to have the best. I also want to thank all of MotoGP, Dorna and IRTA for their constant help and support. Now is the time to step aside and face the future with optimism. We will always see each other on the circuits”, Pons predicted.

After taking “a step aside”, PONS Racing has repeated its thanks to the sponsors “for so many years”, as well as to all those who have defended their colours. “Without them it would not have been possible to achieve the successes that have been achieved and enjoying them together is what has always given meaning to the project,” the note reiterated.

As of 2024, the PONS Racing places will become the property of the MT Helmets-MSi team in the Moto3 category, a team owned by Teo Martín, ensuring the continuity of the majority of PONS Racing personnel, one of the premises for that acquisition will take place.

“There are 10 Grands Prix remaining this season and PONS Racing will focus on continuing to fight to achieve the best possible results together with its two drivers, Arón Canet and Sergio García, and say goodbye in the best possible way”, concluded the note from press.