Ángel Nieto Team rider takes podium and fourth position at last round of the season to win the title
Raúl Fernández was crowned 2018 Moto3 Junior World Champion this weekend at Valencia, becoming the first Spaniard to win the title in its present incarnation. Previously, when the competition was known as the Spanish Championship, Maverick Viñales (2010), Álex Rins (2011) and Álex Márquez (2012) all earned the prestigious honour. The Ángel Nieto Team rider closed the season with a podium and a fourth position at the last round.
The Ángel Nieto Team rider was part of the leading group in the first race of the day at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, with his sights set on finishing inside the top three to celebrate the title from the podium. Fernández avoided unnecessary risks in the final part of the race and crossed the line third, mathematically sealing the Junior World Championship. In the second race he fought for the victory. The Spanish rider was up into the lead with few laps remaining, but the contest was then red flagged due to a crash on track. Fernández took the restart from fourth on the grid, and in the end placed just 1 tenth off the rostrum in his final Moto3 Junior World Championship event.
Raúl Fernández (3rd in the first race, 4th in the 2nd): "In the first race I wanted to win, but I took it easy because my main goal was to get on the podium to celebrate the title from there. I felt comfortable on the bike throughout the race and I was in a good spot, but I didn’t want to take too many risks. In the second race I didn’t feel comfortable with the track conditions, but nevertheless I was up at the front. In the end the red flag hindered us; I was leading the race and I think I could have fought for the victory.
It has been a good season. From the beginning of the campaign onwards we have been very consistent and the whole team have been able to overcome the difficult moments. I am very confident for the future, thanks to this title and the fact that I am on a list of names that includes Maverick Viñales, Álex Rins and Álex Márquez. It has been a very difficult season and I want to dedicate it to Andreas Pérez, my family and the team."