#18 Manuel González

Manuel González

Rider bio

Like many young racers Manuel's competition spirit is inherited. "My father was an amateur racer. My father was not the fastest, but he is the best trainer.

With my trainer/father in 2008

When I was a child, even a baby, I always wanted to go with him to the races to see him racing."

My dad's race bike

It continues; "My parents always come with me everywhere: when I train, when I race..., my father trains me in the karting circuits, and sets up my training bikes. My mother helps me with the psychological education, and I also work with a coach."

Winning the Madirid Minibike Championship in 2010

He knows what he wants from racing. "I want to enjoy every single experience, work hard to win the maximum I can, and learn from the best ones."

2013 Challenge 80cc GP Spanish Championship in Jerez

He has already had plenty of enjoyable races and points out his favourite. "For sure, it's my first win in Jerez, Spanish Cup 2014 Challenge 80cc class. First, it was special because it was my first victory in a Grand Prix circuit, and at my favourite one. The race was disputed until the last corner with a lot of overtaking. I started the last lap in 8th position and I finally won. To win in Jerez is fantastic!"

2014 winning on the 80 in Jerez - my best race

And his favourite from 2015; "Also in Jerez, in the CEV PreMoto3 class. I made a horrible start. I was on the front row, but I got the first corner 12th. But in 3 laps I worked my way to the lead, then had a nice fight against two riders of the strongest team. Fighting for victory until the end, I was second only by 0,04 from the winner. But I took the lap record in Jerez for PreMoto3 from that day with 1m 52.26."

2015 PreMoto3 in Jerez - another great race

He is already looking forward to 2016; "I want to grow up as a rider, to learn how a top level championship works from the inside. I want to learn new circuits, meet new people, a great new bike, the KTM... and why not, to be on the top of the list at the end of the season."

2014 - a test ride for the media

It is not just about winning though; "I know that motorbike racing will help me to become also a more complete person. It gives me strength. I will try to be a better rider and a better person, but without skipping any step, step by step, with effort but also fun, living at maximum every second I get on the bike. Problems can arise, but I'll be prepared to overcome them using my favourite phrase, "Never give up'."

2014 - in Valencia on the 80

His favourite subject at school is physical education and he enjoys playing football and spend time with friends but of course his first love is two wheels. "To be a motorbike rider is the best in life. It is a prize to live a weekend of racing with the team, working together to get the best result."

Motocross training in 2012 on the KTM

"When you have a problem with the bike, and you are able to solve it with the help of your team, the feeling is unbelievable. And if the victory comes, it is total happiness, but working every day to improve and to prove it on the track, it's a great satisfaction."

"The circuits I like the most are those ones with fast and linked curves, with some hard braking points for overtaking. The most technical and harder a circuit is, the more I like. Those kind of tracks where the rider has to make a good lines to get good lap times."

It is with those thoughts that he will chase the example of his heroes Maverick Viñales, Valentino Rossi and Miguel Oliveira.

Results

Race Position Points
22 APR 2016 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Qualifying 9
23 APR 2016 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Race 1 7 9
24 APR 2016 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Race 2 6 10
24 JUN 2016 Flag of Netherlands Assen, Netherlands Qualifying 13
25 JUN 2016 Flag of Netherlands Assen, Netherlands Race 1 12 4
26 JUN 2016 Flag of Netherlands Assen, Netherlands Race 2 NC 0
15 JUL 2016 Flag of Germany Sachsenring, Germany Qualifying 17
16 JUL 2016 Flag of Germany Sachsenring, Germany Race 1 17 0
17 JUL 2016 Flag of Germany Sachsenring, Germany Race 2 15 1
12 AUG 2016 Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring, Austria Qualifying 8
13 AUG 2016 Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring, Austria Race 1 17 0
14 AUG 2016 Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring, Austria Race 2 18 0
19 AUG 2016 Flag of Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Qualifying 12
20 AUG 2016 Flag of Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Race 1 15 1
21 AUG 2016 Flag of Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Race 2 8 8
09 SEP 2016 Flag of Italy Misano, Italy Qualifying 21
10 SEP 2016 Flag of Italy Misano, Italy Race 1 16 0
23 SEP 2016 Flag of Spain Aragon, Spain Qualifying 5
24 SEP 2016 Flag of Spain Aragon, Spain Race 1 21 0
25 SEP 2016 Flag of Spain Aragon, Spain Race 2 9 7