16-year old Izan Guevara clinched the 2020 FIM CEV Moto3™ Junior World Championship at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia last weekend on his Openbank Aspar Team KTM RC4. The Spaniard’s effort, together with KTM’s success in the Constructor’s standings, means the company has now accumulated 311 FIM titles.
Warm sunshine greeted the final round of eleven in 2020 and for the ‘triple header’ in Valencia that would decide the course of the championship between Guevara, Xavier Artigas and current Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup starlet Pedro Acosta. Guevara, a rookie in the contest, would win the first race, and Acosta – also on a KTM RC4 – the last two but Guevara stayed on the podium in 3rd place on both occasions to bank the necessary points.
The Majorcan was able to grasp the gold medal in the series (regarded at the final ‘stepping-stone’ to MotoGP™ and Moto3) by just seven points over Artigas.
Guevara started the season slowly but then exploded on a streak of five victories in six events on his Openbank Aspar Team machine to rise to the top of the table. He joins the likes of Nicolò Bulega (2015), Dennis Foggia (2017) and Raul Fernandez (2018) as winners of the prestigious championship on KTM Moto3 equipment.
Izan Guevara: “I’m so happy, I never expected to win the Moto3 Junior World Championship in my first year. Honestly, it’s incredible; I’m still struggling to believe it. All I can do is give thanks to the team for making it all possible for me, and to Nico Terol for all his advice. Without them this never would have happened.”