- Team Red Bull KTM Tech3
- Nation Portugal
- Date of birth 04/01/1995
- Place of birth Almada, Portugal
The son of a motorcycle racer, he began riding at four and was racing in the Portuguese national championship by the time he was nine years old.
After a string of wins and strong performances in various national championships – including pushing eventual winner Maverick Vinales to the end of the 2009 Spanish title – he became the first Portuguese rider to earn a berth in the Grand Prix World Championship in 2011.
One year later, he became the first Portuguese to stand on the podium and then again created his own history in 2015 when he became the first Portuguese rider to celebrate a Grand Prix victory.
Riding for the Red Bull Racing KTM Ajo squad, he went on to score five more victories that year from nine podiums, narrowly missing out on the world title to Danny Kent by just six points, having clawed back a 110-point deficit in the last half of the season.
After a switch to Moto2™ for a learning year in 2016, he became a development rider in 2017 for the new-to-class KTM squad, where he impressed with three wins from nine podiums for third overall.
He went one better for runner-up spot in 2018, this time with 12 podium finishes, and it earned him a seat with the KTM Tech3 squad for 2019, equipped with factory-spec machinery.