Ninth on our rookie list is yet another returning face, Vicente Pérez Selfa.
Pérez first appeared on the Moto3 grid back in 2016 with a wildcard appearance in Valencia where he qualified in 21stbut dropped two places during the race to finish in an impressive 23rdposition. The Spaniard had spent the 2016 season competing in the FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship, finishing the year in 19th. Pérez missed the first two races of the season but joined Team H43 Blumaq for the second round. However, after four awful races where his best finish was 17th, he changed to MotoGP rider Alex Rins’ own team Procercasa – 42 Motorsport KTM where his season took a more positive turn as he took four top 10 positions with seventh being his best finish.
In 2017, Pérez stayed with the CEV series but joined the Reale Avintia Academy for the year. His second season was far more fruitful than his first as Pérez claimed two third positions, one second position and seven top 10s before going on to claim fourth in the Championship standings. During 2017, Pérez also made two wildcard appearances in the Spanish rounds of Jerez and Catalunya but unfortunately, failed to finish either race.
Moving into 2018, the Spanish rider continued his CEV campaign with Reale Avintia Academy where he claimed a victory in Estoril but he only competed in six races in the series. Pérez was drafted in to replace the failing Livio Loi at the Reale Avintia Academy team in the senior Moto3 series. Even though he was thrown in at the deep end, he showed some true skill during his time in Moto3 as he claimed his best results with an impressive sixth position in Thailand.
Pérez will continue with the Reale Avintia Academy for his first full season in 2019 where we’re sure he will continue to thrive.