Jose Antonio Rueda

First name: Jose Antonio
Last name: Rueda
Team: Red Bull KTM Ajo
Startnumber: #99
Nation: Spanish
Birthday: 29/10/2005
Height/Weight: 168.5 cm / 58 kg
Bike: KTM Moto3
Class: Moto3

Jose Antonio Rueda was born in Seville (Spain) on October 29th, 2005. His first experience with motorcycles came at the age of six and he soon participated in his first competitions, going on to become Spanish Pre Moto4 Champion in 2016, at just 11 years old, then he was crowned as Moto4 Spanish Champion in 2017.

In 2018 he participated in the European Talent Cup for the first time. His first season brought with it four podium finishes, including his first victory in the class. In 2019, he also achieved good results at the European Talent Cup. With one podium and one win, he finished the year fourth in the standings and placing in the Top 10 at every race.

In 2020, Rueda made the move up to the current Junior GP World Championship, where he finished thirteenth. In 2021 the young rider achieved his first podiums in the category and concluded the season in eighth.

2022 was Rueda’s breakout year, and he participated for the third year in the FIM Junior GP World Championship at the same time as competing in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. With two rounds to spare, the Spaniard became Junior GP World Championship with 5 victories, 9 podiums and a 79-point lead over his nearest rival. Rueda’s great season was also rounded off with the Red Bull Rookies Cup title, won at the last round of the year at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. Jose Antonio Rueda became the first rider in history to win these two titles in the same year. 

2023 was his first full season in the Moto3 World Championship. Rueda arrived at Red Bul KTM Ajo as one of the great promising talents in the class, making clear his potential by achieving a front row start in Portimao, and finishing in an outstanding fourth position. The He progressively adapted and fought to be the best rookie, achieving his first podium at the Catalan Grand Prix with a third place. The second part of the season allowed him to make a step up in quality, becoming more competitive and consistent, finishing in the Top 10 and even the Top 5 on numerous occasions. After a demanding final stretch to the year, Rueda concluded the season in eighth position overall.

For 2024, Rueda faces his second consecutive year with the team, which will mean a new challenge with more ambitious objectives after the experience acquired in his rookie year.

  • First Grand Prix: 2021 Valencia GP (Moto3)
  • First Grand Prix podium: 2023 Catalan GP (Moto3)
  • First Grand Prix win: -
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  • Podiums: 1 (Moto3)
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