Daredevil /ˈderˌdev(ə)l/ (noun)
a person who does dangerous things and takes risks
To race in MotoGP, you must be a true daredevil—one that flies at nearly 220 miles per hour, millimeters above the asphalt on heart-stopping leans around hairpin turns. Five such daredevils live among us, thrilling crowds at circuits across the world.
Introducing…the daredevils of MotoGP:
Fabio Quartararo AKA “El Diablo”
Born in Nice, France, and just 23-years-old, Fabio Quartararo is already making an impact in the premier motorcycle series. Racing under number 20, Quartararo won his first MotoGP World Championship in 2021 and finished 2nd in the 2022 final standings. True to his nickname, El Diablo is sure to make each race a nail-bitter in his fight for the top of the podium. We’re ready to see this devil of daredevils take over the track.
Brad Binder AKA “Bradical”
Binder, a 27-year-old hailing from South Africa, has accomplished some bRADical things in his career. Racing for Red Bull under number 33 (same as everyone’s favorite Flying Dutchman in Formula 1), crowds have become accustomed to Binder’s showstopping Sunday surges, taking advantage of competitors’ waning energy to overtake when it mattered. Of the three years competing in MotoGP, Binder has improved year over year, and comes into 2023 with a shot at the final podium. Binder is undoubtedly going to show us this year can be pretty Bradical.
Jack Miller AKA “Thriller”
This Australian, on brand with his nickname, is known for thrilling any crowd before, during, and after a race. Having graduated from Moto3 straight to MotoGP in 2015, number 43 has impressed and astounded several times over the years. This year, Thriller Miller will switch things up–trading his red Ducati leathers for the orange Red Bull KTM factory team in an effort to increase his 22 podium finishes.
Francesco Bagnaia AKA “Pecco”
Italian 26-year-old, Bagnaia has officially entered MotoGP history as the 2022 World Champion. It’s only natural Pecco wears the number 1 as he goes into the 2023 season top of the leaderboard. In his upcoming fourth year in MotoGP, Pecco is looking to be consistent in his finishes. Last year’s title was clinched with a mad run in the second half of the season. In a complete 180° from the beginning of the year, Pecco stood at the top of the podium for four straight races, making up a 91-point deficit in stellar fashion. He’s sure to cross the start line at full throttle.
Marc Marquez AKA “Captain America”
You might recognize his nickname, but Marc Marquez is no fictional superhero. Called a “generational talent,” Captain America has taken the top spot at COTA seven out of nine races. Of the nine complete MotoGP seasons he has competed in, six of them have ended with Captain America hoisting the winner’s trophy. Marquez will be going into 2023 with something to prove. With a prodigious history, the past two years have not been kind to number 93. Between returning injuries and one of the biggest crashes ever seen in MotoGP, Captain America finished 2022 in 12th place. If anyone is ready to prove talent never fades, this is the man.
These daredevils often train their entire lives to compete at the highest level of motorcycle racing. And there’s only one World Championship trophy. In the U.S., the only place to see these champions is in Austin at Circuit of The Americas. They descend upon COTA in glorious fashion from Friday, April 14 to Sunday, April 16 and will put on a show you’ll never forget.