#12 Filip Salač

Philip Salač

Rider bio

"My father was motorcycle rider and I traveled with him to races.

2002 - Happy to be with my dad at 1 year old

This was amazing for me and I liked it so much. Therefore, when I was two years old my father bought to me a minibike. I was happy for it and I started to training with my best coach (my father) and I started racing in my country.

My dad is my coach

My brother Michal was also racing, but he broke his leg so he stopped and my small brother Nicolas (3 years old) tried a minibike and he likes it."

2004 - One of my first times on a minibike

"I'm really lucky that I have my parents because they do everything with me, they come to training, races, my mother helps me with school and my father help me with physical training. I would like to say thanks to them!."

2011 - Cuna de Campeones, Spain, MIR 90

"I think that I made really big step in 2015 because I did some good race and in some race my bike betrayed me but I made on every track better time than in 2014, mostly two seconds better. I had some very bad luck but I hope that in 2016 I will have better luck.

2013 - Cheb, CZ, Honda NSF 100 European Championship

He was looking forward to his first Rookies Cup season in 2016: "I would like to gain the best results, I want to gain new experiences and make new friends. I also want to gain lots of experience this year both in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and other championships and step by step go to the MotoGP and fulfil my dream."

He already has many great memories including one shared with another Rookie. "My best race was in Brands Hatch, in the UK. It was the best race because there were many people and very good ambience and for me was very adrenaline track. It was in 2014 Moriwaki Cup and I won twice, in one of them I fought with my longtime friend Kevin Orgis."

2014 - Junior Cup action at the Hockenheimring

"In 2015 my best race was in Albacete. It was the 1st race of this season and I really enjoyed because I was battling for the lead in the first half of the race but then I had problem with my throttle, it was sticking. It pumped a lot adrenaline for me and I wanted to go to the box but I decided to fight and I still finished 4th."

The rookies Cup season takes him to his favourite tracks. "They are Jerez, Brno and Aragon. In Jerez is my favourite corner, named after Jorge Lorenzo, in Brno the corner of Kevin Schwantz."

"In my first Rookies Cup season, 2016, my best races were at the end of the year in Aragon as I was 5th in both."

Aragon 2016 - on the way to 5th

"My racing hero is mainly Valentino Rossi, but I admire lots of riders like Dani Pedrosa, Maverick Vinales and Nicky Hayden."

2014 - Drift practice, Honda CRF150, Valencia, Spain

"Racing... It's my all life. I race because I want to be the best but for me is very important to have good ambiance in my team and communication with my mechanics. My favourite to do when I don't racing are playing with my friends, riding a bike, playing football, Ice hockey and tennis. My favourite subject in school are maths and PE."

2013 - Cuna de Campeones, Spain, MIR 140

To make the point of how much he sees racing as a team effort that has got him to this stage in his career he concludes; "I would like to thanks so much to all people who helped and help me people of my team, in particular to Boss of the team Thomas Llopis Sala and to my mechanics Alex Rizo Gaso and Javier Galach and mainly to my family because without them I can't to do this sport."

Results

Race Position Points
22 APR 2016 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Qualifying 16
23 APR 2016 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Race 1 15 1
24 APR 2016 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Race 2 NC 0
24 JUN 2016 Flag of Netherlands Assen, Netherlands Qualifying 18
25 JUN 2016 Flag of Netherlands Assen, Netherlands Race 1 9 7
26 JUN 2016 Flag of Netherlands Assen, Netherlands Race 2 6 10
15 JUL 2016 Flag of Germany Sachsenring, Germany Qualifying 13
16 JUL 2016 Flag of Germany Sachsenring, Germany Race 1 10 6
17 JUL 2016 Flag of Germany Sachsenring, Germany Race 2 8 8
12 AUG 2016 Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring, Austria Qualifying 4
13 AUG 2016 Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring, Austria Race 1 11 5
14 AUG 2016 Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring, Austria Race 2 10 6
19 AUG 2016 Flag of Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Qualifying 13
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 11 5
09 SEP 2016 Flag of Italy Misano, Italy Qualifying 9
10 SEP 2016 Flag of Italy Misano, Italy Race 1 11 5
23 SEP 2016 Flag of Spain Aragon, Spain Qualifying 6
24 SEP 2016 Flag of Spain Aragon, Spain Race 1 5 11
25 SEP 2016 Flag of Spain Aragon, Spain Race 2 5 11
Race Position Points
05 MAY 2017 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Qualifying 2
06 MAY 2017 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Race 1 4 13
07 MAY 2017 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Race 2 2 20
04 AUG 2017 Flag of Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Qualifying 18
05 AUG 2017 Flag of Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Race 1 NC 0
09 SEP 2017 Flag of Italy Misano, Italy Race 1 5 11