Moto3: Meet the rookies: #5 – Riccardo Rossi

Rookie number five on the list is Italian rider Riccardo Rossi.

Rossi competed in CIV and CEV in 2018 where he finished in 15thposition with six top 10 finishes. He took his best result in Valencia with two seventh place finishes but unfortunately, he also amassed three DNFs during the season.

In his 2018 CIV season, Rossi claimed two top 10s in his debut weekend in the series with a fifth and sixth place in Misano. He then went on to claim his first victory in Mugello but, as they moved into Imola, the Italian suffered a fall in qualifying and was forced to sit out of the Saturday race as he underwent medical checks but the plucky rider wasn’t one to be kept on the sidelines, returning to the track on Sunday to claim an impressive sixth position given his less than ideal state.

Rossi’s 2018 seasons were far from ideal as the 16-year old struggled with injury throughout but that didn’t stop him from making an impression on those in the Moto3 field as he will pair up with Gabriel Rodrigo as they join Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 team, replacing reigning Moto3 World Champion Jorge Martin and runner up Fabio Di Giannantonio who move into Moto2. The young rider may be sporting the name of one of the greats but it’s his mentor Mattia Pasini who Rossi has decided to pay homage to as he will run #54 for the season.

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