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marc-vds-reddingThe Marc VDS Racing Team confirmed their rise into the premiere class of motorcycle racing for the upcoming season at the Misano Grand Prix last weekend. With their participation in MotoGP, the belgian team is competing in all three classes of the championship.

The team is most successful in the Moto2 class, since the battle for the championship is more or less discharged between both Marc VDS riders, Esteve „Tito“ Rabat and Mika Kallio. The veteran Kallio will be replaced by current Moto3 rider Álex Márquez, whereas Rabat stays with the team for one more year.

Little less success is granted for the team in Moto3. They started the season with Livio Loi as their only rider. Loi is a belgian rider and teaming him up with a team situated in Belgium, seemed like a fitting choice. Unfortunately the collaboration between rider and team wasn’t as successful as expected.

The young rider had his issues with the bike, but despite many attempts of his team to fix any of his problems, the expected results were slow in coming. So the Marc VDS team decided to replace their fellow countrymen with the young spaniard Jorge Navarro from the Indianapolis Grand Prix on. A win bringing choice, since Navarro has hardly any world championship-experience, and rides a satisfying season, considering his greenness.

With their MotoGP participation the team hopes for an even better performance. Along with the release of their team, Marc VDS made public which rider will move the factory supported Honda RC213V, they’ll receive. The choice fell on brit Scott Redding, who was part of the Marc VDS family once, riding the Moto2 bike last year. Both sides seems quite happy about the collaboration, that lasts for three years. If Redding will have a teammate is not decided yet.


Riccardo Tafà
Riccardo Tafà
Riccardo was born in Giulianova, graduated in law at the University of Bologna and decided to do something else. After a stint at ISFORP (public relations training institute) in Milan, he moved to England. He began his career in London in PR, first at MSP Communication and then at Counsel Limited. Then, following his unhealthy passion for sport, he moved to Jean Paul Libert's SDC and started working in two and four-wheelers, this was in 1991/1992. A brief move to Monaco followed, where he worked alongside the owner of Pro COM, a sports marketing agency founded by Nelson Piquet. He returned to Italy and started working in the first person as RTR, first a consulting firm and then a sports marketing company. 
Back in 2001 RTR won the ESCA award for the best sports MKTG project in Italy in the year 2000. Among other things, RTR obtained the highest score among all categories and represented Italy in the ESCA European Contest. From that moment on, RTR will no longer participate in other national or international awards. Over the years he takes some satisfaction and swallows a lot of toads. But he is still here, writing in a disenchanted and simple manner, with the aim of giving practical (unsolicited) advice and food for thought.
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