Javier Del Amor goes from punter to point-scorer at Barcelona MotoGP
Del Amor racing for BMW in a previous life
Monday, 17, Jun 2013 04:15
by Chris Jefferies
Jorge Lorenzo may have stolen the headlines at the Barcelona MotoGP (14 to 16 June), but a 37-year-old stand-in from Madrid arguably had an even more interesting weekend.
Javier Del Amor, a relative unknown whose career included a spell racing in Spanish Stock Extreme for BMW Motorrad, was drafted into the Avintia Blusens CRT team as a last-minute replacement for the injured Hiroshi Aoyama.
And with the slippery tarmac putting paid to many riders' hopes, including British hopeful Cal Crutchlow, the newcomer soon found himself in the point scoring positions.
While most racers wouldn't be too excited by a 15th-placed finish, Del Amor was over the moon, having started the weekend as a spectator and arriving on a street bike.
He told Sport.es: "I think I'm living a dream... Today was very hot, the asphalt was very slippery, and that's probably why there have been so many falls.
"I had to be careful and have taken precautions because all I wanted was to finish. I don't know what will happen in the future but I assure you this day I will never forget. "
Whether he gets another chance remains to be seen, but we can't think of a more dramatic and unexpected way to make your MotoGP debut.