Lorenzo Dalla Porta is the 2019 Moto3™ World Champion after sealing the title at the Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2019.
The 22-year-old Italian has had a consistent season with three wins, ten podiums and only one race retirement in a neck-and-neck season with rival Aron Canet.
The likes of Tony Arbolino, Tatsuki Suzuki, Albert Arenas and John McPhee have also created fierce competition as key players throughout the season.
Dalla Porta made his Moto3™ debut in 2015, midway through the season as a replacement rider for the Husqvarna Team.
The following year he won the FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship, and again, Dalla Porta served as a replacement rider in Moto3™, across three teams, after Husqvarna left the category and all team seats were full.
His first full season in Moto3™ was in 2017 on a Mahindra, where he struggled to achieve strong results and finished the season in 28th overall.
In 2018, the Leopard Team signed Dalla Porta and he made an excellent debut in Qatar, placing third.
A fairly steady season with a spike in podium finishes midway through the year, including Dalla Porta’s first Moto3™ victory in Misano, saw him finish in fifth overall for 2018, just one position behind teammate Enea Bastianini.
Dalla Porta attributed much of this success to his team.
“The team helped me a lot and understood what I exactly needed in order to [make] a step forward. It took us time because after the first race [in Qatar], which I got third, we had very bad luck,” he said.
“I couldn’t finish the races in a proper way until the Austrian GP. There I did good and found the calm I was looking for to be fast.”
Dalla Porta started 2019 even stronger, finishing second in Qatar.
The next few races would prove a little more challenging, as his fiercest rival this season, Canet, would show form by winning in round three.
Sachsenring would see Dalla Porta step up, taking his first victory of the season – and the 2019 Moto3™ World Championship lead for the first time.
He led Canet by just two points at the summer break, before Canet went ahead after winning in the Czech Republic.
But a series of misfortunes hit Canet over the following six races, with just one win the only highlight among several retirements and lowly finishes.
Consistency from Dalla Porta during this period allowed him to take back the Championship lead. He finished outside the top seven at both Misano and Aragon, but podiums at Silverstone, Thailand, and a win in Japan, would prove decisive.
Dalla Porta’s first match point was at Phillip Island, 47 points clear of Canet and 68 points clear of third-placed Tony Arbolino.
Another nightmare Sunday for Canet, who fell on just Lap 3 of the race, meant Dalla Porta only had to finish in eighth position or higher to become World Champion.
But Dalla Porta pushed hard at Phillip Island regardless, wanting to win the title on the top step of the podium, and crossed the line first.