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#20 Omar Bonoli

Omar Bonoli

Rider info

Name:
Omar Bonoli
Date of Birth:
28 Mar 2002
Height:
1m 52cm
Weight:
53kg
Resides in:
Fusignano, Ravenna, Italy
Born in:
Lugo di Romagna, Ravenna, Italy
Bike:
KTM RC 250 R
Rider since:
2015

Rider bio

"Nobody is able to understand why I like the races and motorsport. Nobody in my family likes racing. If I'm a rider it is for a strange reason: my grandfather had a scooter and its ignition keys were always above the saddle..."

"Finally my father bought me a minibike and, 2 year later, I did my fist championship on minibike. I made my first race with very good results," explains Omar, not a typical story.

"My father participates in all my races though. He accompanies me on Thursday and for this reason, he doesn't go to work; fortunately the bar where he works is his shop.

He doesn't understand about bike and technical setting. He is always alone in the paddock, waiting for me and my happiness."

And Omar has certainly had some happy times. "I had a great race in Latina, Italy in 2013. I was going to win the title in Metrakit MiniGP School. I was starting from pole position, at the first corner I was first. Nothing so special but the dynamic of the race was the same as the preceding 3 races. It was great to win in front of my mother who came to see me for the first time. In that race I won the title.

Unfortunately 2014 was not as good. "I had a tough time during the 2014 season. I finished twice second after the opening round where I crashed. I didn't race the last round: my team closed the activity and I could not continued because I had no budget."

"My best race ever was in the 2014 season though. It was the only race that my grandfather saw before dying. I have a good memory of that round of MiniGP 50cc Italian championship because I spent all the weekend with him. He helped me as my mechanic, only 2 weeks before Red Bull MotoGp Rookies Cup selection. I started from the 3rd line and I finished 2nd. His happiness when I was on the podium makes that race a very magic moment."

"I learnt something as well, unfortunately, in 2014 I was to chubby for 50cc class. I learned to diet!"

2015 was his first Rookie season and it started well: "The first round at Jerez de La Frontera and it was my debut with a 250 4-stroke. Before I had only used a 50cc bike. I had never ridden a big bike. The biggest bike that I had tried before, was the Metrakit 125 2T during Red Bull MotoGp Rookies Cup selection (just one time).

I arrived in Spain last April with the bated breath, I did not sleep for anxiety, I did not imagine how would be my "first time".

On the grid I thought to be in another dimension, as in the "Matrix" movie, where the protagonist is suspended from reality.

"I remember just the man who showed the 5 minutes to race board and after I don't know what happened during the race but I took 1 point. My first point in a international championship!"

2015 Aragon

"In 2015 I learned that there are many fast riders in the world...."

"I really like tracks with elevation changes, I love Mugello. I hope to race in the future, I never tried to ride there but there are quite a few elevation changes around the lap. From the Rookies Cup circuits I love Sachsenring, the downhill where there is the Clinica Mobile. Unbelievable."

"I also I love the team work, I love to share the victories and satisfaction with the people around me. The best thing of victory is to celebrate it with all the people who have contributed to reach that goal and who helped you to be happy. The best satisfaction is to see the people who are close to me in the circuit and to realise that they are very proud of me. This is not very frequent but when it happens, it's an amazing thing."

2015

Omar's favourite subjects at school are Italian and history and when he is not racing he enjoys motocross and swimming, his racing hero is Valentino Rossi. "I like to sing Italian songs... and to eat.... but just sometimes..."

"In 2015 I was the youngest rider of the Red Bull Rookies Cup and this was satisfying. It was also an incentive to grow up fast because the level is high. During my life, I always had to deal with my weight because when I was baby, I was obese."

"Indeed, "fatty" is the nick name that I have always hated; I hope to have a new one like "slim" or "thin" in a short time. I have three beautiful sister who are my fans: they are what I love most in the world," added the Italian teenager. "Before 2015, my weight has always been penalising for me. Now, with 250 cc it's another thing."

"This year I want to run with the leading group in the race and to get into the lead eventually.... step by step."

Racing is obviously a huge part of his life, but it is not everything. "I want to say that my 3 sisters are the best gift of God."

 

Career Highlights

2016

• 12th Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, best result 7th in Assen 1. Four 9th place finishes looked consistent and he only failed to finish once but he lost ground in the second half of the season. He has talent but needs a significant step forward in his last Rookies Cup season.

2015

• 20th Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, best result 11th in Aragon 1. Made some mistakes but was a regular points scorer and overcame less than perfect circumstances to ensure a second chance in 2016.

2014

• 5th MiniGp 50cc Italian Championship (SG)
2 x 2nd & 5x DNF

2013

• 4th MiniGp 50cc Italian Championship (Metrakit)
1x 3rd just 4 of 6 races

2012

• 1st Metrakit MiniGP School Championship 50cc (Metrakit)
5 x 1st, 1 x 2nd

2011

• Training with Minibike Junior A

Results

Race Pos Pts
01 May 15 Circuito de Jerez, Spain QP 18
02 May 15 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC NC 0
03 May 15 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC2 15 1
25 Jun 15 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands QP 17
26 Jun 15 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC NC 0
27 Jun 15 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC2 15 1
10 Jul 15 Sachsenring, Germany QP 18
11 Jul 15 Sachsenring, Germany RAC 15 1
12 Jul 15 Sachsenring, Germany RAC2 12 4
14 Aug 15 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic QP 16
15 Aug 15 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC 15 1
17 Aug 15 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC2 12 4
28 Aug 15 Silverstone, United Kingdom QP 18
29 Aug 15 Silverstone, United Kingdom RAC 14 2
30 Aug 15 Silverstone, United Kingdom RAC2 NC 0
11 Sep 15 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy QP 17
12 Sep 15 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy RAC 13 3
25 Sep 15 Motorland Aragon, Spain QP 23
26 Sep 15 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC 11 5
28 Sep 15 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC2 17 0
Race Pos Pts
22 Apr 16 Circuito de Jerez, Spain QP 13
23 Apr 16 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC1 9 7
24 Apr 16 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC2 9 7
24 Jun 16 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands QP 15
25 Jun 16 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC1 7 9
26 Jun 16 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC2 13 3
15 Jul 16 Sachsenring, Germany QP 10
16 Jul 16 Sachsenring, Germany RAC1 NC 0
17 Jul 16 Sachsenring, Germany RAC2 9 7
12 Aug 16 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria QP 21
13 Aug 16 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria RAC1 14 2
14 Aug 16 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria RAC2 12 4
19 Aug 16 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic QP 15
20 Aug 16 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC1 9 7
21 Aug 16 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC2 13 3
09 Sep 16 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy QP 19
10 Sep 16 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy RAC 12 4
23 Sep 16 Motorland Aragon, Spain QP 17
24 Sep 16 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC1 17 0
25 Sep 16 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC2 12 4
Race Pos Pts
05 May 17 Circuito de Jerez, Spain QP 6
06 May 17 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC1 6 10
07 May 17 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC2 7 9
23 Jun 17 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands QP 6
24 Jun 17 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC 7 9
25 Jun 17 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC2 7 9
30 Jun 17 Sachsenring, Germany QP 3
01 Jul 17 Sachsenring, Germany RAC 19 0
02 Jul 17 Sachsenring, Germany RAC2 4 13
04 Aug 17 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic QP 8
11 Aug 17 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria QP 10
12 Aug 17 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria RAC 6 10
13 Aug 17 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria RAC2 6 10
09 Sep 17 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy RAC NC 0
22 Sep 17 Motorland Aragon, Spain QP 10
24 Sep 17 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC2 3 16