MotoGP »

Q&A: David Garcia - The Proton connection.

Reigning European 250 champion David Garcia joined Proton Team KR this year, as tester and back-up rider. The 23-year-old Spaniard from Almeria will not only test the continual stream of developments from the team's engineering base in England, but hopes also to race as a wild card entry at some GPs.

David will also run a full Spanish 600 Supersport championship campaign - a class where technical regulations have been liberated this year in line with the new four-stroke MotoGP class. The production-based bikes will be allowed to race on full slick racing tyres, with race-spec brakes and suspension.

Garcia has a unique asset - his father developed and owns the Almeria racetrack in Andalucia, so that he has private test facilities available on his own doorstep seven days a week.

You are lucky to have a family motor sport background. How much difference does it make?

David Garcia:
My father was always involved - in karting and in rallying. When I was growing up, he owned a go-kart track, and I played on it a lot. My first race was when I was 10 - I took the place of another boy, and won first time. I had a lot of success in karts, but the first time I tried riding a motorcycle round the kart track, I had a big crash - but I was hooked. From then on, motorcycles came first.

Did your family support your motorcycle racing.

Yes - but my studying had to come first. I was racing just as a hobby, on 80cc clutchless bikes. But whether I could race depended on my results at school. No results, no racing that weekend. Later when I got more serious about racing, I agreed with my father to try also to continue studying. I started at university, but I didn't finish the first year. I was only thinking about motorcycles and racing, and I realised to be successful in racing, you have to give it 100 percent of your attention.

What was the path of your career?

I always had support from BP, when I was karting and also on motorcycles, and they continued as my sponsor in the 80cc championship, although I was still racing as a hobby. In 1996 I started to compete seriously in championships, and I won the Spanish championship on the 125cc GP class.

Then came a difficult year, in 1997. I was very fast, but also very dangerous. I was racing 125s in Spanish and European championships. Six times I was leading the race and crashed out on the last lap!

In 1998 I moved to the 250 class for the first time, and had a good season. I finished third in the Spanish championship, behind Luis d'Antin and Jose Cardoso, both of them Grand Prix riders. So I was the first national rider in the championship.

After that year, d'Antin had the Antena 3 Yamaha GP team, and he hired me and Fonzi Nieto as riders. Most of the time I was ahead of Fonzi, but the bike that year was very uncompetitive, and we didn't get any good results.

You didn't stay with the team in 2000. What happened?


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
McWilliams in the garage with the new Proton KR bike.
Poncharal, Brivio, Aragon MotoGP 2016
Poncharal, Tsuji, Aragon MotoGP 2016
Axel Pons, Aragon Moto2 2016
Edgar Pons, Moto2, Aragon MotoGP 2016
Axel Pons, Moto2, Aragon MotoGP 2016
Axel Pons, San Marino Moto2 Race 2016
Simeon and Axel Pons bikes, San Marino Moto2 Race 2016
Edgar Pons, Moto2 race, San Marino MotoGP, 2016
Edgar Pons, Moto2 race, San Marino MotoGP, 2016
Maverick Vinales, Jarvis, Yamaha San Marino MotoGP 2016
Axel Pons, San Marino Moto2 2016
Edgar Pons, Moto2, San Marino MotoGP 2016
Edgar Pons, San Marino Moto2 2016
Axel Pons, British Moto2 Race 2016
Axel Pons, British Moto2 Race 2016
Edgar Pons, Moto2 race, British MotoGP, 2016
Pons, Moto2 race, British MotoGP, 2016

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.