Albert Arenas was born on the 11th December 1996 in Girona, Catalunya. Motorcycles have always been an important part of his life, ever since he was a small boy, but he enjoys any sport that gives him an adrenaline rush. Especially sports with two wheels and an engine!
The first time he threw his leg over a bike was during the winter of 2000, shortly before his fifth birthday, when he tried a minibike and liked it so much he added it to his Christmas list. At the age of five he started in motocross and by the time he was six he was competing in his first races, progressing quickly from motocross to circuit racing.
At first he combined races in both disciplines, taking his first victories in the Open Racc 70 series. It was around this time that circuit racing became a more and more important part of his life and he turned his focus to this discipline, whilst continuing to be dedicated to his studies, such was the wish of his parents Manel and Nuria. In fact, his studies were deemed so important that bad grades meant no racing.
Thanks to his good results in junior categories, Albert was able to continue growing and developing as a rider to the point that he challenged for the Junior Moto3 World Championship, taking two wins in the final round at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo to finish runner-up in the series.
Arenas admits that the road to the Moto3 World Championship wasn't always an easy one but he has enjoyed it. The Ricardo Tormo circuit was also the scene of Arenas' Grand Prix debut at the end of 2015, opening the way for a number of further appearances in 2016 as a wildcard with the Aspar Team, or as a replacement for the injured Jorge Martín.
The best part of 2016 came with the news that he would contest the second half of the season on a Peugeot. Arenas now knew half of the circuits on the calendar and at one of them, Motegi (Japan), he picked up his first points.
He had a new challenge in front of him, a full season in 2017 as he stepped up to become a full-time Grand Prix rider with the Aspar Team and a Mahindra that didn’t allow him to show his full potential. He achieved an eighth position at the San Marino GP, his best result in 2017, but he was already looking forward to get his hands on his 2018 brand new KTM. With the Austrian bike, Arenas won two very fought races, in Le Mans and Phillip Island, two historical World Champioship tracks in which he left his mark, with two victories that made him in 2019 one of the candidates for the title.
However, although the season began strongly with a sixth position in Qatar, an injury training before the Argentine race prevented him from competing in Termas del Río Hondo and Austin. When he returned with his KTM in Jerez he finished fifth, but subsequently started a run of several races outside the points that put him back in the general standings. From San Marino onwards, the Aspar Team rider, with his good work, recovered the good results and got an excellent end of season, with a win in Thailand and two more podiums in Japan and Australia, which could have been three hadn’t he crashed in the last corner in Malaysia. With an eleventh overall position, Arenas remained one step away from matching the results of the previous season, but with a clear working path for 2020.
So it was. The apotheosis end of 2019 heralded a great season and from the beginning Albert Arenas was the rival to beat: victory in Qatar before the lockdown, victory when he returned to action in July in Jerez, second in Brno, again victory in Austria... Albert Arenas became the benchmark in the category, the reference for the rest of the riders, and although he only got on the podium again in October at Le Mans, he managed his advantage in front of the standings to the last round, the Portuguese GP, were it was enough for him to finish twelfth to achieve his dream and give the Aspar Team its fifth world title in the small category.
After that success, Albert made it to the intermediate category in 2021, where he completed his adaptation to the category, preparing for the 2022 season in which Jake Dixon will join him in the GASGAS Aspar Team.