Moto2: Meet The Rookies. #4: Fabio Di Giannantonio.

For 2019, Speed Up have replaced their entire roster, with Fabio Quartararo moving up to Petronas Yamaha for 2019 and Denny Kent finding himself out of the championship, to be replaced with two Gresini riders. Jorge Navarro arrives from the Moto2 effort and Di Giannantonio moves up from the Moto3 class.

Di Giannantonio was born on 10th October 1998 in Rome, Italy. This makes him 20 years old at the time of writing.

He began his road to the World Championships by competing in the 2014 Red Bull Rookies Cup, where he finished 8th overall with two podiums. He then stepped it up a level in 2015, finishing a strong 2nd place behind the eventual champion Bo Bendsneyder, taking 3 wins and 6 podiums in the process. That same year, he made his Moto3 World Championship debut in the final round in Valencia, where he replaced the injured Andrea Locatelli in the Gresini squad, taking 23rd place ahead of his full time debut.

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In 2016 he started the season slowly, taking a best finish of 17th in the first 5 rounds of the season, but then we came to Mugello. This was where a real statement was made, as he took 2nd place and announced himself on the world stage. This was followed up with another 2nd place at Assen and a 3rd place at Brno on his way to 6th in the championship.

2017 was another improvement for the year, as three 3rd places were taken at COTA, Le Mans and Misano, as well as two second places at Mugello and Aragon. Unfortunately four retirements meant his championship charge was dented but he still finished 5th in the championship.

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2018 was the year he really came of age, taking his first win at Brno, while taking one more at Buriram with 6 podiums overall, and only failing to finish in two races (Sachsenring and Motegi). He also crossed the line in first at Le Mans, but had the win taken away for exceeding track limits in the final sector of the final lap. This incredible consistency meant he took 2nd place in the championship, behind his team mate Jorge Martin and pipping Marco Bezzecchi to second place in the final round at Valencia.

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With all 3 of the men who were 1st-3rd in the 2018 Moto3 championship moving up to the Moto2 championship for 2019, who will reign supreme in that private battle? Will Fabio get his Speed Up ahead of the two Tech 3 KTM’s, or will the classic Speed Up inconsistency problems continue?

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