The Angel Nieto Team are returning to the Moto2 championship for 2019 with KTM chassis’, and are running a pair of rookies. We look at the first of them here, in the shape of the Andorran rider, Xavi Cardelus.
Cardelus was born on the 15th May 1998 in Andorra, which makes him 20 years old at the time of writing.
He has competed in the CEV Moto2 championship since 2015, firstly with Promoracing alongside Eric Granado, then with Team Stylobike since 2017, being aboard a Kalex for each of those years.
He made his debut in the first round of 2015, finishing in 16th in his maiden year, with a best finish of 10th in the very first round.
2016 was a marked improvement, where he finished in 8th in the championship and achieved a top race finish of 4th at the first round in Valencia.
2017 he was looking to improve again, but unfortunately was unable to better his race finish or his championship positions, while watching his former team mate Granado take the title he finished in 12th in the championship, with a best finish of 8th coming in both Barcelona and Estoril.
He also competed in the 2017 World Supersport championship for 4 races, taking 13th at Aragon and retiring from the Donington round aboard an MV Agusta F3, and placing 23rd at Jerez and 14th at Losail aboard a Yamaha R6.
2018 was a dual year for Cardelus, as he competed full time in the CEV championship but also did a lot of Moto2 World Championship races, firstly as an ‘extra entry’ with Team Stylobike, then replacing the sacked Romano Fenati at Marinelli Snipers after the Aragon round. He finished 7th in the CEV championship, finally taking a podium at Albacete with second in race 1, then following it up with another in race 2. He found the World Championship altogether much harder however, with his best finish being 22nd in 3 races (Jerez, Mugello and Buriram) but failing to score a single point.
Will being a full time rider in the World Championship mean we will see Andorra’s only rider in any class score any points in 2019? Or will he be outshone by fellow rookie & teammate Dixon?
Featured Images Credits- MotoGP.com & CEV Repsol.