The penultimate piece of the 2014 Moto3 puzzle has fallen into place today, with the announcement that Scott Deroue will be joining Ana Carrasco at RW Racing GP. The Dutch youngster has signed a two-year contract to race for the Dutch team, and will contest the 2014 season on a Kalex KTM Moto3 machine.
Deroue has spent the last three season racing in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, where he has posted some impressive results, taking a total of four victories. He has also raced in both the Dutch ONK and German IDM Moto3 championships, winning in both those series, as well as competing in selected rounds of the Spanish CEV championship. That Deroue should step up to Moto3 with the RW Racing GP team comes as no surprise, as the young Dutchman has been riding for the RW Racing junior team in the Dutch and German championships. RW Racing had been expected to announce the move much earlier, but Deroue had suffered a slump in form last season, the team attributing his problems to puberty. Deroue has since started to display a little more maturity, and this could be the catalyst for RW Racing's decision to promote Deroue to the Grand Prix team.
Deroue will be the second Dutchman racing in Moto3, with Bryan Schouten already having signed for the CIP team. Deroue's signing leaves no place for Jasper Iwema, who struggled throughout the 2013 season after suffering a major concussion in a massive crash at Austin. Iwema returned to action too early, suffering concentration problems, tiredness and headaches, but soldiered on. That decision may have blighted his results; if he had elected to skip a couple of races, he could have returned in better shape, and his results might have benefited. As it was, Iwema was a victim of the pressure all riders are under to return to racing as quickly as possible. Where Iwema will end up in 2014 is unknown.
The signing of Deroue leaves just a single seat open, the second seat at Gresini. For a full and up-to-date list of all the riders and teams, see our 2014 Moto3 rider line up page.
Below is the press release issued by the RW Racing GP team on Iwema's signing:
Scott Deroue to race in world championship with RW Racing GP
Scott Deroue is the second rider for RW Racing GP in the 2014 Moto3 world championship. The team has signed the 18 year old Dutchman for two years. Deroue makes his way to Moto3 after three years in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, in which he finished as runner up in 2012 and gained four victories. A few weeks ago RW Racing GP already contracted 16 year old Spanish rider Ana Carrasco.
Giving Dutch talent the chance to race at the highest level has always been one of the main purposes of RW Racing GP since its foundation in 2011. Therefore the team already began working with Scott Deroue last year, as RW Racing GP Junior Team in the Dutch, German and Spanish open championships.
RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen: “Scott has won races in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, so we know what he is capable of. This definitely is a big chance for Scott and we truly hope he will grab it with both hands. Scott has just turned 18 and 2014 will be a learning year for him. We have not set any specific goals, as in finishing at a certain position or number of championship points. The only pressure will be to show an upward trend.”
Scott Deroue: “I can’t imagine a better way to start the new year as when RW Racing GP called me to tell we will be in the world championships together. To be honest I had not counted on it anymore and we were already focussing on racing in the CEV Spanish championship. This opportunity opens a new chapter in my racing career and my personal life. I realise it will be tough but I’m ready to work hard to achieve the best possible results. I have faith in the team and our new challenge, as we have worked together already and know each other well. I’d like to thank RW Racing GP for believing in me and my sponsors and family who have supported me over the years and whose support I will need now more than ever to make this dream come true.”
RW Racing GP team owner Roelof Waninge: “As a Dutch team we feel we have an obligation and responsibility to support Dutch talents and give them a chance to develop and race at a high level. Scott is one of those special talents we believe in. We think he is ready to step up. He has built up a huge amount of international racing experience already at this age. Although there still is a challenge to secure the budget – for Scott as well – we prefer a Dutch talent over a second foreign rider.
Signing Scott means RW Racing GP and Jasper Iwema part ways after only one season. We are sorry to see Jasper leave. Unfortunately we could not find enough support to continue. Both Jasper and his management as RW Racing GP have tried hard, because we all believe there was more in it than last season showed. We consider Jasper part of the family. We hope he can find his way in a competition that suits him, because he is true racer and a fighter. We wish him all the best.”
Born: 23 december 1995
Lives: Nijkerkerveen (Netherlands)
7th in Red Bull Rookies Cup, with a victory in Silverstone and podium finishes at Sachsenring and Aragon.
Two victories in the Dutch open championship (ONK) Moto3, two victories in the international German championship(IDM) Moto3 and one in the Dutch series fot the Moriwaki Cup.
2nd in Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. Best results: double victory in Estoril and a win at the Sachsenring.
4th in Dutch championship (ONK) Moto3/125, with one second place and two third places.
15th in first season Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. Best result: 3rd at the Sachsenring and Brno.
4th Dutch 125cc championship (ONK) Best result 2nd at Hengelo.
Best result for the international German championship (IDM) 14th at Hockenheim.
13th Dutch 125 Championship (ONK), best result 5th at Assen.
Best result for the IDM 22th at Oschersleben.
|2009||1st Molenaar Honda NSF100 Championship|
|2008||1st Dutch Pocket Bike Championship, GRC, Class Junior Open.|
|2007||1st Dutch Pocket Bike Championship, Blata, Class Junior B.|
|2006||Dutch Pocket Bike Championship, Blata, Class Junior B.|
|2005||1st Dutch Pocket Bike Championship, GRC.|