#11 Alexandre Juanes

Alexandre Juanes Assen

Rider bio

It was almost inevitable; "My father used to race, I grew up in the paddocks, following my Dad. I started to ask very early to have my own motorcycle. By the age of 3 I had my pocket bike, since then I live for my passion to ride. At 8,my first contact with the Nicolas Dussauge Riding school was a revelation."

"My Father has always been by my side on tracks to work on the bike, encourages me and repair... My Mum takes care of healthy meals and of my healthy lifestyle. My little brother, Lorenzo is the best coach ever, he helps me train on his Playstation."

"My sister, Emma, is a great horse rider, she knows what racing is, and provides me with lots of advice. For this year at a higher level, my father will keep on following me at the races. He knows how demanding this lifestyle is, and knows how to show me the right support."

So he has had a great start and he wants to go all the way; "To become the first French rider to become a MotoGP Champion!"

Not just any sort of champion either as he has a special role model; "Valentino Rossi as he managed to perfectly build his professional career along with his image and marketing skills. He's a multifaceted character, true businessman and fantastic rider who kept on questioning himself to evolve. He never stopped evolving. I'm also a great fan of Jorge Lorenzo for his regularity and riding style."

2015 - Qualifying from the Guadix Selection Event

At school Alex enjoys maths and physics and in his free time MotoGP Playstation training, motocross and dirt track, sports.

2015 was a turning point for Alex; "I learnt to never give up on my dreams even though it requires a lot of sacrifices aside, and hard physical training, it's always worth hanging on to our ambitions and follow our path."

"Actually, it is the alchemy of working with the team to set up the bike and make it deliver the best is what make racing such a pleasure for me."

"Racing is a lifestyle, you cannot win or race alone and with a bike which has approximate settings. Racing represents ongoing hard work and efforts to obtain the best out of myself in racing but also of my bike, and maybe if all the elements reach the right magic, then I will be able to win."

"I really enjoy the braking phase and entering corners, it's my adrenalin shot as you have to be at the limit but precise enough to keep a fast pace, all your senses have to be awake to create the perfect alchemy."

"All those aspects provide something important to me. Victory is the final point to a daily work and human adventure."

The wet weekend with the KTMs

That adventure has already produced some great memories; "I shall never forget the two victories in the Coupe de France Promosport held in Ales in a massive flood. This opportunity to race was offered by a KTM retailer, Compte Tours Moto on a KTM 390RC. Even if the sky was falling down on us, this was such a great moment to grab both victories with one of the 2 KTMs entered for this race."

2015 - on the KTM 390RC - in the dry

Another great one was from earlier in his career. "A 70cc race at Castilloli, in Spain. I left from the back of the grid following a technical control on my bike which was too powerful for both qualifying sessions and finished 1st."

He is going to make the most of 2016. "I want to fully use the opportunity given by the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup to become a true professional racer, always be the best in what I'm doing, and learn marketing and management skills."

Ready to try out my new dirt bike

"Santa Claus was extremely cool with me this year! He brought me a nice KTM 250 SXF...
Now hard work is ahead to get the best of this unique experience! Red Bull gives me wings...it's my task to spread mine and fly!"

Results

Race Position Points
22 APR 2016 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Qualifying 18
23 APR 2016 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Race 1 16 0
24 APR 2016 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Race 2 18 0
24 JUN 2016 Flag of Netherlands Assen, Netherlands Qualifying 23
25 JUN 2016 Flag of Netherlands Assen, Netherlands Race 1 NC 0
26 JUN 2016 Flag of Netherlands Assen, Netherlands Race 2 11 5
15 JUL 2016 Flag of Germany Sachsenring, Germany Qualifying 24
16 JUL 2016 Flag of Germany Sachsenring, Germany Race 1 16 0
17 JUL 2016 Flag of Germany Sachsenring, Germany Race 2 18 0
12 AUG 2016 Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring, Austria Qualifying 24
13 AUG 2016 Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring, Austria Race 1 23 0
14 AUG 2016 Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring, Austria Race 2 21 0
19 AUG 2016 Flag of Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Qualifying 23
20 AUG 2016 Flag of Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Race 1 NC 0
21 AUG 2016 Flag of Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Race 2 23 0
09 SEP 2016 Flag of Italy Misano, Italy Qualifying 22
10 SEP 2016 Flag of Italy Misano, Italy Race 1 22 0
23 SEP 2016 Flag of Spain Aragon, Spain Qualifying 24
24 SEP 2016 Flag of Spain Aragon, Spain Race 1 NC 0
25 SEP 2016 Flag of Spain Aragon, Spain Race 2 21 0