The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing team today unveiled their motorcycle racing project, which covers the path from the Spanish Pre-Moto3 series all the way to MotoGP. The program, run in association with Monlau, aims to nurture talented young riders in the Spanish RFME Pre-Moto3 series, bring them through the FIM CEV Junior Moto3 world championship, then into the Grand Prix paddock, starting in Moto3 and culiminating in MotoGP. The organization released the following press release on the launch:
Estrella Galicia 0,0 sporting project unveiled in Madrid
Galician brewing company Estrella Galicia made an official presentation on Monday morning at the emblematic Matadero building in Madrid, where -together with Monlau Repsol Technical School and Marc VDS- it unveiled a motorsport project for 2016. Dedication and perseverance were presented as the main values for 2016, as the team face new challenges with 13 riders in 5 different championships.
Before the World Championship heads to Qatar and the Spanish and FIM CEV series get underway, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders gathered in the Spanish capital to present their bikes for the coming year.
Last season saw the start of a very ambitious project, which expanded the Estrella Galicia 0,0 structure in a bid to train riders from junior level to MotoGP. In light of the success achieved in the various championships, the project has continued to grow in the same way. This year, Brian David, Joshua Bauer, Sergio Garcia and Miguel Parra form the quartet that will compete in the Spanish Championship for Estrella Galicia 0,0, whilst Jaume Masia, Alonso Lopez and Jeremy Alcoba will participate in the FIM CEV Junior World Championship.
The team features new faces in all three categories of the MotoGP World Championship,: Jack Miller in MotoGP, Franco Morbidelli in Moto2 and Aron Canet in Moto3. Alex Marquez and Jorge Navarro continue in their respective classes and Tito Rabat makes the leap up to the premier class.
The MotoGP season will kick off on Sunday, March 20th at the Losail International Circuit (Qatar), with Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 beginning their sixth season in the World Championship.
Moto GP World Championship riders:
Tito Rabat / Estrella Galicia Team Marc VDS / MotoGP:
"I am very happy to be here for another year, alongside this great family, and I'm looking forward to starting the championship and picking up the pace again. This year I have made the jump to MotoGP, and at first I was very surprised by the power of the bike. I am feeling more comfortable, all the time; this will be a year of adaptation, and what I'm going to look for is to learn and to figure out the tricks of this new class."
Jack Miller / Team Estrella Galicia Marc VDS / MotoGP:
"I am very happy to be here with this great team, in which everyone has welcomed me with open arms. Today in the presentation we have all had a good time, and it has marked the beginning of this new adventure. At the moment it is difficult to talk about goals. We are working hard with the team to improve the bike and, personally, I'm working hard as well. Now we just have to wait for the first race to see where we are and how far we ca go. We will certainly give it our best."
Alex Marquez / Estrella Galicia Team Marc VDS / Moto2:
"I have been part of the Estrella Galicia 0,0 family since 2012 and they have achieved great success, so I am very happy to continue for another year with their support. In two weeks’ time we'll be in Qatar, for a new season that begins here today with the presentation of the team. I'm sure it will go well. This year we must try to enjoy ourselves a little more on the bike, which is what we maybe lacked last year. I want to forget about pressure and go race by race, enjoying myself, and I think if we focus on that, at the end of the year we can achieve great things."
Franco Morbidelli / Estrella Galicia Team Marc VDS / Moto2:
"I am very happy to be here at the launch of my new team: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 - Marc VDS. The preseason has gone well and we are ready to get going in Qatar. I feel very confident with the bike and I'm sure it will be a great year.”
Jorge Navarro / Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 / Moto3:
"Being part of Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 is a great opportunity. You know that, if you do your job well and you work hard, there is a path set up for you and you can climb the ladder in the World Championship. It gives tranquility and confidence. We are now at the first step, Moto3, and if all goes well I will have the opportunity to go up to Moto2 -which is also a great motivator.
Last season I experienced a good progression and it ended with me being crowned "Rookie of the Year". The goal for this year is to consolidate this progress and move forward, trying to get in the leading group and fight for the victory every Sunday."
Aron Canet / Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 / Moto3:
"Being here today as part of Estrella Galicia 0,0 is a source of satisfaction for me. In my time in the FIM CEV I competed for this great family in the Junior Team, and the beauty of this structure is that, from the beginning, you see how you have the ability to go up through the steps. Now I'm at the first step of the World Championship, where this year I will meet my rivals from last year and give my all to be the best Rookie."
FIM CEV / Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 / World Junior Moto3:
"Being part of this family is very exciting and, above all, a great opportunity to fulfill my dream to reach the World Championship and win. This year we are staying in the same class, but I’m taking it without pressure. For me, the most important thing is to keep learning and enjoying myself on the bike."
"First of all, I want to thank the Estrella Galicia 0,0 family. I am very happy to be here today and to be part of this team.
This year we have some new challenges. We are coming into the FIM CEV from the Spanish Championship, so my goals are to learn the bike and make improvements with each race. I would like to start out in the top ten and finish the year in the front group."
"I am very grateful to the Estrella Galicia 0,0 family, because they always help you to fulfill your dreams. This year we are moving up a class, and I'll be competing with the Junior Team, so I'm very happy and hope to do well. As this is my first year in this championship, my goal is to learn a lot."
CEV / School Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 / Pre-Moto3:
"Being part of Estrella Galicia 0,0 is very important to me. I'm in the foundation team now, but seeing riders like Márquez, Rabat and Miller competing in MotoGP motivates you to follow in their footsteps. I am staying in the CEV with the School Team this year, so I am starting my second season eager and very concentrated -so that when it comes to the races everything is ready and I am able to fight for the title."
"I am very happy and grateful for the opportunity Estrella Galicia 0,0 gives us young riders. They always help us fulfill our dreams. This year I will do everything I can to do as well as possible."
"I am very happy to be part of this big family. This will be my first year in the Spanish Championship and I will give my all with the team at each race. I know it will be difficult, but I will be looking to enjoy myself -which after all is the most important thing."
"I am very happy for the opportunity given to me to compete with School Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 this year, and also very excited about the season that is about to begin. Starting work with a team from Spain, with the backing of Monlau Repsol Technical School and the vast experience they have, motivates me."
Ignacio Rivera / CEO, Hijos de Rivera SAU:
"This year is special for us because our company is celebrating its 110-year anniversary. Our goal when we entered the world of motorsport was to be the beer of motorcycle racing, and I think that today we have achieved that through our work with Monlau Repsol Technical School and Marc VDS. We have able to set out a project of growth, like the one that we carry out with beer: Riders are produced slowly and steadily. We are very happy to be so well surrounded and are very pleased with everything that we are achieving, so you could say that we have made a dream a reality. 10 years ago, our company was selling half the amount that we do now, and of course the project for MotoGP is the crown jewel of our sponsorship –what has influenced our growth the most. I hope that this season we can toast together to the many successes of our riders."
Marc Van der Straten / Owner, Marc VDS Racing Team:
"We have been competing in MotoGP for a few years now, and we are thrilled to continue this project with Monlau Repsol Technical School and Estrella Galicia 0,0. Having people around you who always work so well facilitates things. I have a long experience in motorsport, especially in the world of four wheels. Bikes were new to me, but I felt right at home immediately. I was fascinated by the talent of the riders and all that they are capable of doing. The most important thing for me is that I feel like I’m in a big family."
Emilio Alzamora / Team Principal, Team Estrella Galicia 0,0:
"Last year, in this same venue, we presented a project in which two large structures in Monlau Repsol Technical School and Marc VDS joined together to create a single project. Our dream was to create a structure to help young talents and more established riders alike. Now, putting that in perspective, I think we can see the fruits of a great year in which we have worked side by side.
This year, the riders who will continue the School Team project will be Miguel Parra, Sergio Garcia, Brian David and Joshua Bauer. In the Junior World Championship level we will compete for another year with Jaume Masià, for whom we have great hopes, and also with reigning CEV champion Alonso Lopez and Jeremy Alcoba. This project leads up to the Moto3 World Championship where this year we place our hopes in Jorge Navarro -who has proven to be very strong in the IRTA test- and in Arón Canet. We are sure that we will go from strength to strength.
In a project like ours, the objectives have to be training riders and fighting for all three championships."
Jordi Arquer / Team Manager, Team Estrella 0,0 (Moto3):
"At Monlau Repsol Technical School we are carrying out a large pyramid project, which starts with the School and Junior Teams. We work with a lot of effort to make sure the riders are well prepared for the World Championship. With them, we follow the same method as with the World Championship, so that when they move up they already have the experience.
Arón Canet and Jorge Navarro are two riders who have very different profiles. Navarro took a pole position at Silverstone last year and was on the podium four times. He is now more prepared than ever, has experience and is an example of dedication and work. This year he is a clear candidate for the title in Moto3. As for Arón Canet, the team believe a lot in him. Last year gave us a lot of joy in the Junior Team, and this year we will fight for the title of 'Rookie of the Year.’”
Michael Bartholemy / Team Principal, Marc VDS Racing:
"I am very happy with this fusion between Monlau Repsol Technical School and Marc VDS. Now, after twelve months of working together, I can say I am really happy and that the collaboration was a good choice. We compete with Marc VDS in Moto2 and MotoGP, which is the highest category, so I think there is no higher honour. We had been thinking of moving up to the premier class for a long time, and in the end we managed it. We did not have a bad year with Scott Redding in 2015, but this year we are even more excited as we have two bikes."
Pete Benson / Chief Mechanic, Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 - Marc VDS (Moto2):
"This year we have two very fast riders on the team: Álex Márquez and Franco Morbidelli. For the Italian, this will be his first season with us, but the system we use is the same as always. We’ll be looking to help our riders in every way we can."