The GASGAS Aspar Junior team win the coveted ‘feeder’ championship to Grand Prix racing after Daniel Holgado ran to a safe 9th position in the first outing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia last weekend.
Holgado locks the 2021 FIM Moto3 Junior world title in Valencia
The 16-year-old makes the grade after 5 wins and 8 podiums from 12 races
Success story for GASGAS with the Aspar team and Moto3 machinery this season
Riding the RC 250 GP machine taken to victory in Moto3 Grand Prix in 2021, Holgado showed he’s the next hotshot on the block by grabbing the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship ‘bull’ by the horns. The teenager fronted the pack with four wins in the first five rounds to stake his claim to the crown. The Spaniard added another three trophies in the competition that circled Grand Prix venues on the Iberian Peninsula like the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto and MotorLand Aragon.
The contest (along with the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup) has ritually been the brightest proving ground for youngsters aiming for the heights of MotoGP™. 2020 champion, Izan Guevara, made the step to the GASGAS Aspar Grand Prix squad and clinched a race win in his first season in 2021. Holgado kept the Aspar streak running on Saturday in Valencia when main title rival David Muñoz was forced to start from pitlane and failed to score any points. In the second race on Sunday Holgado swept to his fifth chequered flag, stamping his authority one more time.
Along with the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship, GASGAS also aced four Moto3 Grands Prix (France, Catalunya, Austria and the USA) and totalled seven podium appearances this year.
Daniel Holgado: “I want to thank everyone who came to see me today, I owe all this to them because I really felt that support and it helped push me through those final few laps. I also want to thank all of my incredible team; I’ll really miss them next year and hope we can find each other again in the future. I’d like to congratulate David Muñoz and Iván Ortolá because they made a great season and were really strong rivals. It’s thanks to them that I was able to improve as a rider and also as a person by working hard day after day.”
Jorge is, without a doubt one of the most talented athlete of the new generation of trial riders. Today, he is the second youngest rider in the Trial GP category.
As a GASGAS rider, Jorge conquered the European Championship in 2010, became TR2 Spanish Champion in 2011 and Junior World Champion in 2013. Now, he is back home to expand his racing record.
I am very happy to sign for GASGAS. Since the age of 5 when I began to ride bike, it was GASGAS and my best victories were also on a GASGAS. I am very motivated to come back to my home and to begin this new project. I feel that the brand really trusts in me and they treat me very well. I hope to return this trust with victories
Expanding the GASGAS Factory Racing Trial team rider line-up, Miquel Gelabert has joined our squad to take on the 2021 FIM TrialGP World Championship. The Spanish trial ace will compete alongside Jorge Casales as part of our well-established and successful team, with both riding our proven GASGAS TXT GP 300 machinery.
Entering his debut TrialGP season in 2016, Miquel Gelabert delivered incredibly consistent results to place 10th overall in the final standings. Following his impressive start, the Spaniard then continued to maintain solid form during his second term, placing 11th overall in 2017.
2018 was the year Miquel made his first trip onto a TrialGP podium, while competing in the UK at the penultimate round of the series. The then 20-year-old claimed third overall on the day – a result that helped lift the youngster up to ninth in the final championship standings.
Consistent results continued in 2019 and 2020 with Miquel again impressing throughout each campaign, ending both seasons in eighth overall. Three times fifth overall during the 2020 series, Gelabert has formed a strong foundation for future successes with GASGAS Factory Racing.
Laia Sanz is a rider that needs little introduction. A true Spanish sporting superstar, she is one of the world’s most successful sportswomen and a rider that has enjoyed phenomenal successes in Trials, Enduro and Rally.
Determined not to let her competitive fire burn out, Laia Sanz has decided to return to the feet-up world of trial and compete in the 2021 FIM Women’s Trial World Championship! Going back to where her motorcycle career started, Laia is reigniting her passion for trial and returning to the paddock where she’s enjoyed so much success in the past. Gunning for the Women’s Trial World Championship title, we couldn’t be happier making a little space for her underneath our trial team’s awning.
Since deciding to return to TrialGP, Laia’s been fully focused on preparing herself for the upcoming season, re-sharpening her feet-up skills and finding her feet (pun intended) on a trial bike once again. Helped by plenty of time on her bike – take a look at her Instagram if you need any proof – with the start of the TrialGP series getting ever closer, Laia’s been on the gas non-stop recently and couldn’t be happier about returning to the Women’s Trial World Championship!
Incredibly, Laia already has 13 FIM Women’s World Trial Championship titles and we reckon she has what it takes to make it 14. Winning won’t be easy, it never is at the highest level. But that’s the goal, and no matter what the outcome, it’s going to be a ton of fun seeing her back in action again!
Daniel Sanders is our new Desert Charger . More than capable of putting himself and our RC 450F rally bike at the top of the timing sheets, the young Aussie is hugely excited to be racing for GASGAS Factory Racing in 2021.
As a former ISDE winner, Sanders clearly has the skills needed to compete at the highest level on two wheels, something he made perfectly clear at the 2021 Dakar. Rocketing to a seriously impressive fourth overall and finishing as best rookie, make no mistake, Daniel has arrived on the rally scene, and we can’t wait to see what he can do in 2021 and beyond.
With Sanders recently completing his final preparations ahead of the 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, the 26-year-old will compete in the six-round series, which concludes in November, and then onto the big one – the Dakar Rally – in January 2022.