As a small kid, Jesko Raffin was already faced with the big decision of whether to pursue a career as a skier or motorcycle racer. The half Spaniard, his mother Begoña is Spanish, was a talented sportsman from an early age. Although his family had nothing to do with motorsports, Jesko's father had the terrific idea to buy him a small motocross machine for his sixth birthday. So fate took its course.
When he first tried to ride on a private road, he didn't get in a bad way, so father Andre took care to get his son a trainer and mechanic. On a meadow he learned to ride eights between two chairs. Then he took part in his first races and switched to Supermotard at some point. There Jesko became Swiss champion in the youngster class 85cc at the age of nine.
Then Jesko's father had another great idea. He wanted his son is making the switch into road racing. They went to Germany to participate in an ADAC Minibike introductory course. During this training Jesko was so fast that the organizer wanted him to start right away at the races that took place there. He went along and won all three races. The following year Jesko enrolled in the ADAC Mini Bike Cup, where he immediately finished runner-up.
With young years high up
With only twelve years Jesko went to Spain to take part in the championships there. But he had the problem quite early that he had grown too high. In 2010 he wanted to compete in the Swiss championship in the 600cc class, but because he was still too young at 14, he would have needed a special license.
He tried his luck at the R6 Cup of the IDM. There he had to pass a sighting before the race weekend. It was evaluated whether he would be able to control a 600cc machine. He was given the green light and competed in the 2010 and 2011 Yamaha Cup. Already in his second year he won the championship title. At the same time he was the youngest race winner in the 36-year history of the Cup and at the end of the season at 15 he was the youngest rider ever to win the championship.
The Moto2 era began
This was followed by the biggest step. Jesko moved up to the Moto2 class. In 2012, 2013 and 2014 he competed in the Spanish Championship and won his first Moto2 European Championship title in the third season. Having already made his first wild card appearances in the Moto2 World Championship in 2012, he was an integral part of the MotoGP paddock in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2018, the Swiss returned to the Spanish championship and grabbed his second Moto2 European Championship trophy.
On new paths with Dynavolt Intact GP
The Dynavolt Intact GP team naturally recognised Jesko's great talent. In the new electric racing series, the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup, the racing team wants to fight for the world championship title in the 2019 season together with the 22-year-old.
The MotoE™ Cup will take place within the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship on five dates at five European tracks.
The series will be contested by 12 MotoE™ teams with a total of 18 bikes:
Teams with two MotoE™ entries
Tech 3 Racing
Alma Pramac Racing
Angel Nieto Team
Teams with one MotoE™ entry
Dynavolt Intact GP
Sepang International Circuit
Marc VDS Racing Team
SIC58 Squadra Corse
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