Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta stands proud with WorldSBK Champion Jonathan Rea, WorldSSP300 Champion Ana Carrasco, WorldSSP ChampionSandro Cortese, Moto2™ Champion Francesco Bagnaia, MotoGP™ Champion Marc Marquez and Moto3™ Champion Jorge Martin
Set in the sporting arena Poliesportiu d’Andorra, 54 FIM World Champions were welcomed to celebrate the sensational year of racing action, as the 2018 season comes to a close. Hosting all champions crowned as well as FIM Team World Champions, every motorcycling discipline was recognized.
Beginning the celebrations with a signing session at Andorra Park Hotel in the Andorran hills, the champions then took to the red carpet before proudly receiving their medals in the ceremony in the arena.
History-maker and 2018 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) collected his medal – for the fourth time in a row – in front of motorcycling racing’s elite. It was not only Rea collecting his medal, he was joined by FIM Supersport World Champion Sandro Cortese (Kallio Racing) who took the title in his rookie season in the final round at Losail International Circuit. One of the most notable champions attending the awards was FIM Supersport 300 World Champion Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team), who became the first solo female to win a world title, crowned in dramatic style at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours.
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK): “Once again I’ve been incredibly proud to accept my FIM World Championship medal in front of all the other champions from various disciplines. It truly is the moment when what we have achieved starts to sink in. I want to thank all my team at KRT for all their support, my family and friends for their support.”
It wasn’t only our WorldSBK champions celebrating, they were joined by MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez who took his seventh world title this season, Moto2™ World Champion Francesco Bagnaia and Moto3™ World Champion Jorge Martin.
Finishing the celebrations of the history making 2018 season, thoughts are now turning to 2019 as WorldSBK will welcome new faces, new bikes and new races with plenty of changes heading for the series. Champions are preparing for the battle to defend their crowns, as they wait for the lights to go out on another season