Albert Arenas joins the list of world champions in the history of Spanish motorcycling as the twenty-first proper name, after achieving his first world title, fifty-fourth in Spain, this Sunday at the Portuguese Grand Prix that took place at the Portimao circuit, where he achieved twelfth place after an intense fight with all their rivals for the title.
A weekend before Albert Arenas was another Spaniard, Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR) who increased the list of world titles by adding the fifty-third, which were distributed among just twenty riders, now one more, after being proclaimed MotoGP world champion by being seventh in the Grand Prix of the Valencian Community that was held He has played at the “Ricardo Tormo” circuit in Cheste.
Joan Mir added his second world title, since already in 2017 he was proclaimed champion of the Moto3 world in the Australian Grand Prix that took place at the Phillip Island circuit.
Before Joan Mir, it was Alex Márquez (Estrella Galicia 0’0 Kalex) who won the fifty-second Spanish world title by proclaiming himself Moto2 world champion at the Sepang Malaysian circuit, the second in his sporting career after the one obtained in 2014 in the Moto3 category.
Before, the Marquez brothers
The Márquez brothers were the previous riders to add titles to the Spanish motorcycling record with the championships achieved in MotoGP, Marc in Thailand, and in Moto2, Alex in Malaysia.
In 2018 responsibility fell on Marc Márquez (MotoGP) and Jorge Martín (Moto3), being they the last to increase the list of world titles to 50 during 2018, when the former became the second most successful rider in the history of Spanish motorcycling after Ángel Nieto.
And Martín became the twentieth champion of Spanish motorcyclingl after the conclusion of the 2018 Malaysian Grand Prix in the first position, which mathematically gave him the title, being his most direct rival, the Italian Marco Bezzecchi (KTM), fifth.
In 2017 another Spanish world champion was “released”, Joan Mir (Honda), the nineteenth rider on the list by mathematically achieving that Moto3 title after the victory in Australia and who was later replaced by Jorge Martín, who now “fattens” his account in particular with nothing less than the MotoGP title.
11 drivers with world titles
There are a total of eleven pilots with a world title, while the remaining ten accumulate more than one award in the world and, in this relationship, Ángel Nieto continues to be the most successful pilot, with “Twelve plus one” world titles, and after He is Marc Márquez with eight (six in MotoGP, one in Moto2 and one in Moto3), Jorge Lorenzo with five, three of them in the premier class of MotoGP, and two in the 250 cc the first.
Behind them is the retired Jorge Martínez “Aspar”, with four world titles, three in the 80 cc and one in the 125 cc, both categories already extinct in the motorcycle world championship calendar, and with two world titles are Alex Crivillé himself, who was the first Spaniard to achieve a world championship of the premier category of motorcycling, the 500 cc, in 1999, ten years after achieving his first world winding in the 125 cc on a Spanish motorcycle, the JJ Cobas.
In addition to Alfonso “Sito” Pons, the first to achieve a world title in a category considered superior, the 250 cc, twice, in 1988 and 1989, Ricardo Tormo with two 50 cc (1978 and 1981), Alex Márquez, in Moto3 and Moto2 (2014 and 2019), and now Joan Mir, in Moto3 and MotoGP (2017 and 2019).
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