Alex Marquez is to join Marc VDS in the Moto2 class. The Spaniard has signed a two-year deal with the Belgian racing team to compete on their Kalex Moto2 bike for the next two seasons. Marquez will join Tito Rabat at Marc VDS to form a Spanish dream team in Moto2, with Rabat once again challenging for the title, while Marquez gets up to speed.
The Marquez announcement will likely be the first of many in the weeks leading up to the Aragon entry deadline. Both Jack Miller and Alex Rins will also be leaving Moto3, with Miller widely rumored to be moving up to MotoGP, and Rins off to join the Pons team with Luis Salom. However, there were whisperings at Silverstone that Miller may not be going straight to MotoGP after all. LCR's new British sponsor is believed to want a British rider on the production Honda. In that case, Miller would go to Moto2 with the Pons team. Whether that would mean Sito Pons would expand his team to three riders is unclear, but with a title sponsor now on board, that could be a possibility.
Marquez' move to Marc VDS does reduce the likelihood that Emilio Alzamora will create a new Moto2 team via the Monlau structure. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 team will continue in Moto3, with Fabio Quartararo moving up along with Maria Herrera, in all probability. Whether the move of Marquez to Marc VDS reflects the start of a more formal collaboration between Marc VDS and Alzamora / Monlau remains to be seen, but is an intriguing possibility. With the Estrella Galicia Junior team also continuing in the Spanish CEV championship, that would provide a pipeline of talent for the Marc VDS team, and offer a stepping stone into MotoGP for Alzamora.
Below is the press release from Marc VDS announcing the Marquez deal:
Márquez to move up to Moto2 with Marc VDS
Gosselies, Belgium – 1 September 2014: The Marc VDS Racing Team is pleased to announce that Álex Márquez will join the team to contest the 2015 Moto2 World Championship alongside his compatriot and current series leader, Tito Rabat.
Spanish Champion in 2012, Márquez has impressed this year in just his second full season in the Moto3 World Championship, the most closely contested of the three Grand Prix classes.
The 18-year-old Spaniard has two wins and three second places to his name and currently lies second in the series standings, just 13 points behind the Championship leader with six races left to run.
Márquez joins the Marc VDS Racing Team on a two-year deal.
“I am so proud and excited to announce I am joining Marc VDS Racing Team in Moto2 for the next two years. It is very important for me because I am changing class with a fantastic team and a strong teammate. I have been working hard to be here and I want to thank the Marc VDS Racing Team for their trust in me. But now it’s time to focus on Moto3, we are in the most important moment of the season and our mission is to fight for the championship.”
Michael Bartholemy // Team Principal
“It has always been our goal to bring young riders into Moto2, and Álex Márquez is the perfect fit for us. He has shown he has both the talent and the drive to succeed with some impressive performances over the past two years, which are the attributes we want as we look towards the future. Having Tito Rabat alongside him and an experienced team behind him will help with Álex’s transition from Moto3 to Moto2 next year. I am confident that in 2016 he will be ready to step up and spearhead our World Championship campaign.”
Marc van der Straten // President, Marc VDS Racing Team
“Álex Márquez’s signature on a contract for 2015 has been the goal of many teams in the Grand Prix paddock, so I am proud that his first choice of team with which to move up to Moto2 was ours. Álex is an outstanding rider, with immense talent, but equally important is his work ethic. He is not afraid of hard work and that will stand him in good stead when he starts the transition from the Honda Moto3 machine he races now to the Kalex Moto2 bike that he’ll race for the next two years. I am looking forward to Álex joining us and I am confident that with the help of the team he will soon establish himself as a title contender in Moto2.”
More information and high resolution images are available on the Marc VDS Racing Team website at www.marcvds.com.