Press Release: Marc VDS Team Confirms Team Will Continue With "Total Normality"

The Marc VDS Team, through the Estrella Galicia project, issued the following press release, confirming that the teams will continue in Moto2 and MotoGP as normal until at least the end of the season. The team is also currently seeking a new team manager. The press release appears below:


Statement from Marc Van der Straten

Mr. Marc Van der Straten has confirmed that he has reached an amicable agreement with Mr. Michael Bartholemy, and therefore the Estrella Galicia 0,0 MarcVDS project in the Motorcycle World Championship will continue with total normality, as well as the absolute continuity of the members of the Moto2 and MotoGP teams in their successful sporting trajectory.

With a third of the MotoGP World Championship completed already, the riders and teams head to the Catalan GP with the firm intention of continuing to fight for the podium spots, as Moto2 riders Alex Marquez and Joan Mir have already done thus far. They have taken three and two rostrum finishes, respectively, and occupy fourth and fifth position in the overall standings.

In MotoGP, Franco Morbidelli has shown flashes of quality in his first season in the premier class, and is fighting alongside teammate Tom Lüthi to become 'Rookie of the Year.’

The situation and the running of the team has been perfectly normalised. An announcement will be made in the coming weeks as to who will act as Team Manager for the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Moto2 and MotoGP teams.

 

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...it wasn't totally and perfectly normalized before? Because it has been pretty successful to this point. 

I still have no idea what this was all about, but I have to assume VDS effed up and he has threatened to sue anyone who writes about it, otherwise I'd expect motomatters to have the backstory. Or did I miss something?

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If I recall correctly, David said he isn't wading too deep into the drama, because it seems to be a lot of he-said-she-said back and forth. But I too have had a hard time finding what it was really all about, other than some accusations of financial impropriety on Bartholemy's part that apparently didn't happen? It's hard to tell.

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This situation was changing so fast that anything written was immediately obsolete and perhaps contradicting new info.

Careful not to blame anyone while extricating them from a context that we don't have sufficient knowledge of. One poster here sounded abusive of the former employee whose concerns about the former team manager were referred to by the owner, blaming them for what occurred.

Consider the context as much as possible. The team suddenly enters planning for a brand new venture with Suzuki. Contracts and the business model get reviewed with unprecedented scrutiny. Everything needs to be tidy, secure, stable, and more financial resources need to be committed.

Marc VDS and the team manager have an immediate issue. It is ugly, demands litigation, and presents an unrepairable relationship. The contracts were not to be renegotiated. One side cries foul. The other hunkers down. Now they have divorced.

We only heard bits. But we know enough. Business back to normal for now. Glad it was relatively quick. Both parties left intact after lawyers clarified it and checks were written. Looks like a racing incident. They have "reached a mutual agreement to end their association which is solely due to differing strategic approaches." You can be sure that the next venture for Bartholemy (SIC - Petronas?) will take great care with contracts. Doubting MarcVDS has a good enough taste in his mouth to continue in MotoGP, unless he has a chance at a Factory Honda or Yamaha in play.

Tough part for me to swallow is wondering if a Suzuki Jr Team with a strong program in the lower classes was lost in the tenuous process. MarcVDS is a big asset. Unfortunately they started with you know which bike from which year. Now they are starting to stretch their legs. Hoping for good things for everyone. Except lawyers and greedy overreach.

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