The incredible story of the ‘grandfather’ who beat the children

Albert Arenas has been proclaimed Moto3 world champion in the last race of the season, in Portugal. The Catalan rider arrived at Portimao with an advantage of eight points over Ogura and 11 over Arbolino, after his fourth place in the Valencia GP. From the first moment he stepped onto the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, he showed that he was not willing to let the title slip away.

At 23 years old, Arenas, is one of the oldest riders on the Moto3 grid. He was born on December 11, 1996 in Girona, and will be 24 in just a few months, which makes him one of the oldest riders in the category. This year will be a more special birthday, as he will do so as world champion after four seasons in Moto3.

In his four years in the bronze category he had never managed to pass from ninth position in the general classification, but this year, together with Aspar Team, he has taken a step forward and has managed to impose on two young promises like Ogura (19) and Arbolino (20). This victory will allow him to finally make the leap to Moto2, also with the Aspar Team, where he will share the box with Arón Canet.

The most regular of a crazy category

Arenas has been the most regular throughout this season so strange marked by the coronavirus. He started in the best possible way with two victories in the first two races, which allowed him to place himself at the top of the Drivers’ World Cup from the start. Dominated the general from start to finish, and only came down from that privileged position after the Catalan GP after failing to finish the race.

Ogura was in the lead, but the joy did not last long because in the next grand prix, at Le Mans, the Spaniard regained the first position. From that moment on he would not go down from the top again, and despite the black flag he saw in the first of the two races in Valencia, he did not fail and, in Portugal, put the finishing touch to his best season in Moto3 with a deserved title.