Date of birth : 23 October 2000
Place of birth: Madrid, Spain
Height: 179 cm | Weight: 68 Kg
Grand Prix Victories: 10 (2 in Moto3, 8 in Moto2)
Grand Prix Podiums: 16 (4 in Moto3, 12 in Moto2)
Grand Prix Pole Positions: 13 (6 in Moto3, 7 in Moto2)
Native from Madrid in Spain, Raul Fernandez started racing at the age of 11 in the Cuna de Campeones. He then went to PreMoto3, the FIM Repsol CEV Repsol and the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.
By 2016 he was third overall in the Rookies with two wins and six podiums, took a win in the Moto3 Junior World Championship and made his Grand Prix debut with a P11 finish.
2017 was a more difficult year in the FIM CEV Repsol despite Fernandez taking pole position in Portugal, but in 2018 the Spaniard bounced back in style to accrue three wins and six podiums on the way to winning the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship. He also made four more Grand Prix appearances as a mixture of wildcards and replacement rides: Catalunya, Germany, Aragon and Valencia saw him take two top tens and score points in three of the four Grands Prix he contested.
In 2019, Fernandez moved into the Moto3 World Championship full time in the same Angel Nieto Team structure with whom he won the CEV title, and proved a quick learner as he was a regular Top 10 finisher.
2020 proved to be his breakout year, with stunning Qualifying times meaning he was a regular sight on pole position (six times). A first podium in Aragon was followed up by a maiden victory in the European GP, while he earned another podium and victory in the season-ending Valencia and Portimao GPs respectively.
The Spaniard well and truly declared himself as the hottest prospect in MotoGP in 2021 as he enjoyed the most successful rookie campaign in Moto2 history. An incredible eight victories, bettering Marc Marquez's previous record for rookie wins, saw him play his part in a stunning title duel against teammate Remy Gardner.
Fernandez will make his MotoGP debut in 2022 with Tech3 KTM Factory Racing alongside Gardner.