In the recent history of Motorsport, very few projects can be said to be as winning as the Leopard Racing Moto3. The Italian-Luxembourg structure has been able to demonstrate its competitiveness and its potential, coming to conquer the scene as a protagonist since its entrance into the Moto3 class of the 2015 World Championship.
Behind the imprint set by Miodrag Kotur and Christian Lundberg, the team succeeded to assert itself by winning the world title with the British Danny Kent on Honda machine in a head-to-head till the last race event. The following year 2016, the team started line with a brand new line-up of 3 riders, but riding the KTM bike: the season proved to be uphill, but with a strong raising due to Joan Mir’s Rookie-of-the-Year title, which placed the foundations for rebirth.
In 2017 the Majorcan talent did not betray the expectations and, again at the controls of a Honda machine, he literally dominated the season from the first to the last race, breaking down the records on the circuits and the category overall and hitting the goal. The second world championship title in just three seasons has affirmed Leopard Racing as one of the most solid reality of two wheels.
Last season, Leopard riders Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Enea Bastianini managed to score 9 podiums and 2 victories. The competitiveness of the category, some bad luck and injuries stopped these young men to fight for the crown at the end. But after a demanding year, Leopard Racing Team finished the third of the standings. For 2019, Italian man Dalla Porta will fight for the first positions alongside Marcos Ramírez, the new addition to the team.
After the two consecutive championships (with Stefano Comini in 2016 and Jean-Karl Vernay in 2017) on two participations in the TCR International Series, the Leopard Racing team, still run by Belgian racing team WRT, is now ready to accept the challenge in exciting adventure: the new WTCR World Touring Car Cup, from the merger of WTCC and TCR International Series, adopting the technical regulations of the latter category.
In this new scenery, Leopard Racing are joined by LUKOIL, a prestigious partner and famous for their professionalism in motorsports for more than 20 years. With operations across the globe, LUKOIL will lend an incredible depth of knowledge to the already successful Leopard Racing Team.
An important change also with the team’s technical parameters, Leopard Racing beginning a new partnership with the strong support of the Audi Sport Customer Racing department. Back in 2017, for its first year of appearance, the Audi RS 3 LMS achieved direct successes winning prestigious races and series including the Pirelli World Challenge, the TCR Russia and the TCR category of the Dubai 24H.
The Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team is born! The two cars will be driven by the Frenchman Jean-Karl Vernay (who has now chosen #69) and the Scottish BTCC legend Gordon 'Flash' Shedden (who will race as usual with his #52). The series will remain a two-day event (but switched on a three-race format), so it includes 30 races distributed on 10 events.
The Leopard Junior Team is currently competing in its fourth season in the FIM CEV Repsol Championship, also known as the Junior World Championship, in the Moto3 class. Since our first season in 2016 the team has signed five riders from wich one of them, Marcos Ramírez became Junior World Champion runner-up. In 2018, Manuel Pagliani ended up the third of the standings and in this 2019 Leopard riders Àlex Díez, Xavi Artigas and Davide Pizzoli will defend Leopard colors.
The target of the Junior Team is finding young talents and prepare them to an eventual leap into the Word Championship in the Moto3 class, and if possible, straight into the Leopard Racing Team. The FIM CEV Repsol is the place to be if a rider is serious about his career, and the Leopard Junior Team is always up front in the standings, so for upcoming talents wishing to become professionals, this is the team where all their potential will be tested under a real World Championship human and technical sorrounding.
The Leopard Junior Team is based on the knowledge of Christian Lundberg, as Technical Manager either in the Junior Team as in the World Championship Leopard Racing Team, Ricard Jové as Team Manager and Manel Bernat as COO, with Sara Alza backing us up from the Administration desk. Each rider is assigned one Chief Mechanic, one Mechanic and one Telemetrist.
From 2011 until 2013, Leopard had its own UCI World Tour team that was able to win many of the most important races in the world. Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders, the yellow jersey and stages in the Tour de France and many more amazing wins are just examples of the great success.
Leopard felt always responsible to offer athletes a professional environment and a fair chance to grow up. Therefore from 2012 on, it created an additional pillar with the talent academy ‘Leopard Development Team’. Until today, this structure on the UCI Continental level is maintained and every year riders were able to step up to higher levels. In the past, great talents such as Sean De Bie, Bob Jungels and Alex Kirsch have been part of the team that is nowadays called Leopard Pro Cycling.
This is one of the 2019 news. From this season on, Leopard will make its appearance in the CIV, the Italian Championship in order to find new talents. Australian Joel Kelso and Italian boy Matteo Ripamonti will be those in charge of riding the blue bikes.
Another new and exciting adventure is about to start. In 2019, Leopard will be competing in the European Talent Cup too. Pasquale Alfano, Marco Tapia and Kiko María are the defenders of Leopard’s spirit in this category.
Perfectly located within the paddock facilities, the Leopard Natural Hospitality is the perfect place at your disposal to create an engaging atmosphere for the racing event.
Set up with designer furniture, this exclusive area is reserved for groups of minimum 40 guests, as the perfect solutions for PR events, press conference and product launches.
The common area is always provided with 3 TV screen (55") and it also features a private terrace overlooking the paddock.