Maximilian Kofler will race with the Ángel Nieto Team in the 2019 FIM Junior Moto3 Championship (FIM CEV) in 2019, taking over the KTM that Raúl Fernández rode to the title in 2018. The Austrian teenager is aiming to continue his development as a rider and is confident of scoring regular top ten finishes in his second season at this level.
Kofler’s first challenge comes in April at the opening round of the season in Estoril and he will be looking to pick up where he left off in 2018, having ended last season with a tenth-place finish in the final round at Valencia.
The latest Ángel Nieto Team signing began racing motorcycles back in 2007. In 2013 he finished runner-up in the European Supermoto Championship, winning the Austrian title in the discipline that same season and defending it in 2014. After adding a German title to his collection, he moved into international competitions in 2016, including the Northern European Cup and Italian Moto3 Championship. In 2017 and 2018 he impressed at Moto3 World Championship level as a wildcard in the Austrian Grand Prix.
Maximilian Kofler: “It’s amazing to announce that I will ride the 2019 season with the Ángel Nieto Team in the FIM Junior Moto3 World Championship. It’s a dream come true for me and I can‘t wait to start the season with this team. They showed last year that they are a winning team and it’s a pleasure for me to be part of the squad. For 2019 I expect a lot of good results and I want to start the season like I finished the last one, staying in the top 10.”
Jorge Martínez “Aspar”: “We are very excited to sign Max Kofler for our FIM CEV team this season. Max is a rider who showed good progression during his debut season in the championship and we know that with this combination of the Ángel Nieto Team and KTM he can keep making progress and growing as a rider. We have high hopes for him in 2019.”
Source: Ángel Nieto Team press release