Italian rider Andrea Migno was awarded the Dunlop #ForeverForward Trophy today after another epic season of racing that saw the 22 year old gain an incredible 132 positions over the course of the 19 race 2018 MotoGP calendar.
The Award compares the overtaking performance of riders in the hard-fought Moto2 and Moto3 categories, both of which feature Dunlop as the Official Tyre. In difficult conditions in a wet Valencia finale, Migno battled past 14 other riders, revelling in the grip and traction of his Dunlop treaded tyres in unusually treacherous Spanish weather.
This strong performance prevented his closest challenger, Miguel Oliveira, from claiming the 2018 Trophy. The MotoGP-bound Portuguese rider signed off his Moto2 career with a storming ride from 10th to victory to secure second place in the Dunlop rankings.
Wim Van Achter, Dunlop Motorsport Manager, paid tribute to the competition in both championships: "Moto2 and Moto3 provide some of the closest racing in the world. For Andrea to win it twice is extraordinary and proves his skill and racecraft in such a closely contested category".
Oliveira's race win underlines the value of MotoGP's feeder classes where Dunlop is a technical partner to the 'Road to MotoGP' programme, providing tyres for the British, European and Asian Talent Cups as well as the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup series. It was a graduate from the latter that stole the headlines on Sunday, with Can Oncu winning the Moto3 Grand Prix on his debut appearance in the category. The 15 year old Turkish rider was awarded his GP entry as a prize for winning the 2018 Red Bull Cup, and stunned the regular competitors by becoming the youngest ever winner of a World Championship Grand Prix.