MotoGP Future Talent: Fermin Aldeguer
Fermin Aldeguer is making headlines left, right and centre in 2021.
Fermin Aldeguer is one of the hottest talents around at the moment impressing many in the CEV, MotoE and even the Moto2 World Championship when he raced at Mugello and Sachsenring, both tracks he had no prior experience at. At the time of writing he leads the CEV Moto2 Championship with a 100% win record of 7 wins in 7 races with just 4 to go and can clinch the title in Aragon in just two weeks time.
Aldeguer is a rider who holds much prestige at the tender age of 16 years old born 5th April 2005, his birthdate and age made him the youngest rider in all categories when he made his Moto2 debut at an age younger than Moto3’s Lorenzo Fellon who is 17 on 15th July. Fellon remains the youngest full-time rider across the three classes excluding MotoE.
If you include MotoE then Aldeguer is the youngest, the Spaniard is riding for the Aspar team in the electric series first testing the bike at Jerez when he was just 15 years old finishing in P2 in one of the practice races, he has stormed to success on his rise up the classes finishing third in the European Talent Cup in 2019 with 3 x second places to his name with Izan Guevara being crowned the champion.
For 2020 he was meant to ride for The Snipers Team in the FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship on a Honda NSF250RW, COVID-19 would put a stop to this forcing him out of the seat and into the FIM CEV STK600 class which runs alongside the CEV Moto2 races battling production bikes against prototype machinery.
The 16-year-old has seven wins from seven races so far in 2021.
Aldeguer would take to the Stock Yamaha R6 like a duck to water taking the championship in his first attempt for the FAU55 Team run by Hector Faubel, his results on the R6 would also be classified against the Moto2 bikes where he would take 6 top 10 finishes in 11 races on an R6 vs ex-Moto2 World Championship bikes finishing in P10 overall at just 15 years old against riders with much more experience than him.
This was quite an impressive achievement given the machinery he was riding as he would end up beating a multitude of riders who were riding Kalex World Championship spec bikes. This season massively impressed Alessandro Ciatti who runs the Ciatti Speed Up CEV Moto2 team who were crowned the 2020 champions with Yari Montella who very nearly won every single race, Ciatti would hire both Aldeguer and Alonso Lopez for 2021.
2021 has rolled around and once again we’ve seen Aldeguer hop on a bike and be instantly fast, we have seen seven CEV Moto2 races so far with Aldeguer winning every race as a rookie despite being just 16 years old on a bike he’s never ridden before, he is also competing in the MotoE series riding the 280kg electric machinery, however, has been unable to perform as strongly with some crashes but has finished in with a career-best P6 in Catalunya and regularly finishes in the top positions of the Free Practice timesheets, not that his MotoE career will matter too much as his trajectory points towards Moto2 and not MotoE.
Races against teammate Alonso Lopez have been truly insane with both riders pushing at the absolute limit.
Aldeguer was given the chance to make his World Championship debut at the incredibly tough-to-ride Mugello which was a track he had no experience of, despite this, he knuckled down and put in the hard work and graft to finish the race in a very impressive P12.
The young talent is managed by the ex-125cc world championship runner up Héctor Faubel who does a stellar job coaching and pushing the young starlet to improve and arrive at the front. There is absolutely no doubt this young talent will be in the Moto2 World Championship for 2022 and they better watch out, he adapts to bikes stupidly fast and has already proven he can go well on a World Championship bike so Moto2 need to be very scared.
Featured images – FIM CEV Repsol