Brazilian Diogo Moreira at full throttle: where can Barros’ heir arrive?

A podium was missing to further enhance his beautiful debut season. Diogo Moreira he ended 2022 as the best rookie of the year, ahead of Daniel Holgado by 9 points and David Muñoz by 19 lengths. The 18-year-old Brazilian, immediately indicated by Maverick Vinales as a rider to watch, has already managed to write a few pieces of history for his country, following in the footsteps of his mentor, a certain Alex Barros… Next year will be back at the start with MT Helmets-MSi, who didn’t think much about it before locking it up for the 2023 Moto3 championship as well. Where can it get? In the meantime, let’s see where he has already arrived, also remembering his predecessors.

Moreira, what a beautiful season!

He’s not the first Brazilian rider we find in the ‘young’ Moto3 category (before him we remember Eric Granado), but he’s certainly the one who did the best. A sixth place in the opening race in Qatar is already a remarkable achievement, but it was only the beginning for Diogo Moreira. Later we also counted a few zeroes, plus an injury to his left hand following a disastrous accident at Mugello (when he was in the podium area). A problem that clearly conditions him for a few GPs, but after the race in Assen, except for the 15th place in Aragon, he will finish consistently in the top ten. The best result of his first year in Moto3 is 5th place in the penultimate round of 2022 in Malaysia, but let’s not forget the historic pole position won at Silverstone. Even if he came close on several occasions, he didn’t finish on the podium, unlike his direct rivals Holgado and Muñoz, but it appears only a matter of time.

In the footsteps of Barros

The legendary rider from Sao Paulo is still the best Brazilian in the world championship (7 victories, 32 podiums in total, 5 poles and 4th place in the world championship as his best result), but the young Moreira is trying to do even more. In part, he has already succeeded: let’s talk first of all about the pole position which arrived at his 12th world GP. As well as being the first Brazilian to do it in 125cc / Moto3, he also torched his illustrious compatriot when it comes to time. The first pole of Alex Barros it didn’t come so soon: we have to go to the 2000 500cc season, GP at Mugello, an unfortunate ‘first time’ since he ended the race with a retirement. But her debut in the then premier class had taken place 10 years before her, in total 14 years after her absolute debut in the World Championship! Times are a little shorter for the first podium: 1992 500cc season, Barros and his Cagiva climb to the 3rd step. We’ll see if Moreira can do better in this too…

The beginning of the story

The first Brazilian in the world championship was Adu Celsus, born Eduardo Celso Santos (1945-2005), who recorded exceptional results. Three races in 250cc, 11 in 350cc and one in 500cc between 1972 and 1975 for a rider capable of writing history not only with his presence. In the Swedish GP of ’73 he obtained his first podium in 250cc, in the same year he triumphed in the Spanish GP in 350cc! His 3rd and last podium will come in the 1975 Austrian GP in 350cc. There is then Mark the Greek, the 58-year-old from Sao Paulo who had retired from racing for some time, who from 1979 to 1986 also recorded several appearances in the MotoGP world championship (never in the points), before moving on to cars. He made his debut in Venezuela in 350cc in 1979, between 1980 and 1986 he contested 19 GPs in all, with 16th place in the ’83 South African GP as his best overall result.

The most recent

We also add to the list of world motorcyclists Cesar BarrosAlex’s younger brother. In 1997 and 1999 he was a wild card in 125cc for the home GPs, in 1998 he raced only in Argentina. In 2000 he contested another wild card but in 250cc, while in 2001 he had his only complete world season: he never scored points. Last on the list is Eric Granado, currently in the MotoE World Cup, from next year the actual World Championship. Previously, however, we find him for about half of the 2012 season in Moto2, in the two-year period 2013-2014 instead he is in Moto3 (two points placements). In 2017 he disputed a wild card in the intermediate class, a category from which he will restart the following year: he never scores points, he is replaced mid-year. He has been in MotoE since 2019: so far he boasts 10 victories, another four podiums and the vice-championship in this 2022.

Jonathan Rea the splendid biography: “In Testa” available on Amazon


Brazilian Diogo Moreira at full throttle: where can Barros’ heir arrive?