In 1992, Fernando raced in the 100 cc category, requiring special dispensation from the Federation since given his age he should have been competing with the juniors. “I’ve always been the youngest at every category, and so maybe that’s why I’m used to breaking that kind of record, and perhaps it strikes me as less of a big deal then it should do. It may seem like I’m not celebrating all my achievements, but I do value them, it’s maybe just something that doesn’t sit easily with me. I was always the youngest in every category I raced in,” recalls Fernando. It was at a very young age that Fernando was faced with one of the defining moments in his life. “He had not even turned twelve when Genis Marcó (owner of Genikart, importer of Parilla engines and Mike Wilson chassis) set him a trial. He was racing in the Catalan Championship at Mora de Ebro, south of Barcelona, and Fernando new that this was the most important moment of his life. He was very mature for his age, he always has been, even now, and he won the race at a canter. It was the make or break point at the start of his sporting career,” claims his father. “After that race Mr. Marcó said he could race with them in the Spanish Championship, and I was no longer his mechanic. It was with them that he won the 1993 Spanish Championship. Fernando was just a kid and I went with him to all the races through ’93, ’94, at the end of 1995, which was when IAME began to handle the travel and everything. Between Genis and IAME they took care of the lot,” says José Luis.