Like many of today’s professional riders, Luis Salom first got on a bike only a short time after he had learnt to tie his shoe laces. He was just eight years old when he won the 50cc Balearic Supermotard championship in his first year of competitive racing.
In 2005, he progressed up to the 125cc championship, which he won for two years running. This gave the young rider the opportunity to race in the CEV Buckler championship and the Red Bull Rookies Cup in 2007, taking seventh and fourth places respectively whilst achieving a blistering win at Assen and a commanding second at Jerez.
It was a wildcard appearance that ushered Luis into his first ever Grand Prix appearance in Spain where he finished 23rd. Since then he has consistently upped his game and managed to accumulate championship points and a loyal following which saw him finish 12th in the 2010 championship and 8th in 2011.
True to form, Luis improved massively in 2012 as he took his first GP wins, and he ended the season runner-up in the new Moto3 format. In 2013 he made the switch to the Red Bull KTM Ajo team, and was involved in a three-way fight for the title that went down to very last race of the campaign. A crash at Valencia ended his dream of being crowned Moto3 World Champion that year, however in 2014 he stepped up to Moto2 with the Championship-winning Pons team to take on the 600cc category.
After a debut season that yielded podium finishes, Luis proved to be a serious title contender in 2015 as he attacked Moto2 with a year's experience under his belt. We can’t wait to see what else he has in store for us.Read more