If the goal for a rider is to reach MotoGP and the most direct route is the FIM CEV Repsol, the career of a mechanic or engineer follows a parallel route.
During the recent Catalan Grand Prix, riders Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa shared the MotoGP podium. Just a few metres away from them at the seventh round of the season, three students enjoyed their first experience of the World Championship. They are students of the Monlau Repsol Technical School, and participants in a pioneering initiative called the ‘Wild Card Work Experience Programme.’
If the goal for a rider is to reach MotoGP and the most direct route is the FIM CEV Repsol, the career of a mechanic or engineer follows a parallel route. For the students of the Monlau Repsol Technical School, the Spanish rounds of the Motorcycle World Championship are a first opportunity to experience an elite international level race weekend. This past weekend, two final year students of the Motorcycle Competition Mechanics and a student of the Master of Competition Engineering were integrated into the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team -the Monlau Repsol Technical School’s Moto3 structure- in the Moto3 class, for work experience under the supervision of world-class engineers and mechanics, who in many cases had previously gone through the same courses.
Repsol’s commitment to Monlau goes far beyond traditional sponsorship. It is an alliance that has emerged naturally, as both companies share values that revolve around innovation, technology and training of young people. This is the fourth year that they have worked together in boosting the training of future motorsport professionals, such as engineers, mechanics and riders.