Brazil gets a new World Championship rider in the shape of Diogo Moreira.
17-year-old Diogo Moreira will graduate to the Moto3 World Championship for 2022 after spending the last few years racing within the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Monlau Academy and the Red Bull Rookies cup, scoring podiums in both series’.
The young talent from São Paulo has proven he has what it takes to make the leap onto the world stage in 2022 despite struggling in 2021 following an injury that plagued his season, in spite of this injury he still came home in a respectable P11 in the FIM CEV Junior Moto3 World Championship and P6 overall in the Red Bull Rookies, missing all four races in Austria.
Diogo Moreira in action at Aragon this year in the FIM CEV.
Moreira’s career began in his native country of Brazil racing in the 50cc Arena Cross championship before rapidly climbing the ranks winning the championships in every series he raced on dirt, becoming a prolific star in the MX series, proving this recently when he was invited by Valentino Rossi for the 100km dei campioni, taking P1 in some solo sessions.
He made the switch tarmac in a 300cc championship based in Brazil in 2015, coming home in P5 overall at just 11 years old in his first season on tarmac, backing it up as the runner up in 2016 before moving to Spain in 2017 to continue his path to the world championship.
From here his journey would continue with Monlau on Spanish territory riding in the 85cc CEV championship coming home in P4 overall, followuing this up as the series runner up the subsequent year, this would open the doors for his graduation into the European Talent Cup which follows the CEV Moto3 and Moto2 series’ across Europe, the championship setting the hottest young talent the world has to offer against one another for a chance at the big leagues in the world championship.
Proud of his roots, the Brazilian flag clearly on show at Mugello this year.
In his only season in the European Talent Cup he was able to take a race victory and three podiums, prompting the Monlau Academy to promote him into the Moto3 class for 2020 where he would take a best result of P5 as a rookie.
2021 proved to be tough with injuries but his displays on track have been seriously impressive, he was able to lead races in both the CEV Moto3 class and the Red Bull Rookies however some bad luck and a tendency to crash meant he was unable to achieve victory. His talent shone through however and he earned a place with the MT Helmets MSI squad for 2022, a team he raced against in 2020 and 2021 with Pedro Acosta in their ranks for 2020.
This young talent has a lot to prove as the only Brazilian rider in the World Championship, his country watching him fight at the highest level. He will have countryman Eric Granado in the paddock also in MotoE rounds which will offer him more motivation to fight.
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