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…
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 2009 I got my second podium and first first two ‘pole position’. The bikes was completely orange, as you can watch on this picture.
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…
Class were very intense but also exciting, the aim was achieved: to be world champion. In the first season I achieved seven wins that made me runner up in the championship despite ups and downs. I started with three zeros, but I was able to recover and get close to the leader Stefan Bradl, who finally became champion. When fighting for the title in Malaysia, a fall prevented me racing in the remainder of the championship.
In the second season I had nine wins, all very exciting, starting with a victory in Qatar. The first chance to take the title was in Malaysia, but I fell in a race where it was raining. But in Australia I got onto the podium and obtained the championship mathematically.
I won 9 races on 2012, all was so tough, starting for the first GP in Qatar. I remember a big battles with Thomas Luthi, Pol Espargaró and Andrea Iannone. I had my first opportunity to win the tittle in Malaysia, but I crash while was raining. The second chance was in Australia and I got it, the podium was enough. It was a very special moment in my career.
With the Repsol Honda team. Everything was new. With great excitement I arrived in Qatar looking forward to having a good race, but I never thought I would get onto the podium next to Valentino Rossi. From that moment everything went very fast.
In the second race I achieved my first victory in the premier class and people began to speculate about the title. But it never crossed my mind. I was going step by step, learning from my team-mate Dani Pedrosa and all the talents of MotoGP. Mugello's fall woke me up from my sleep, but my four consecutive wins in summer, making the most of Pedrosa's and Jorge Lorenzo's injuries, made me the unexpected leader.
2014 was magic again. You can imagine be on the podium, but never win the title three times in a row. The year started with an injury, but I was ready in Qatar. I won 10 races in a row and it looked easier, but here nothing is easy. At the end, 13 victories and 13 poles got me the championship. But I won't never forget my brother in Valencia, when he got Moto3 title. Nothing is compare to see your brother with the title.