Arbolino and Salac fired up for French Grand Prix

Arbolino and Salac fired up for French Grand Prix

The Elf Marc VDS Racing Team moves to one of the world’s most historic and iconic motorsport venues this weekend as Le Mans hosts the fifth round of the Moto2 World Championship in 2024.

  • After a positive one-day test session in Jerez last week, Tony Arbolino and Filip Salac are confident they can be in the mix for a top result in Sunday’s 22-lap race.
  • The action at the legendary Bugatti Circuit commences with the opening practice session at 950am local time on Friday morning. 


  • The Italian is excited to get the action underway in Le Mans after big gains were made with corner entry performance during the recent Jerez test.
  • Expectations are high going into this weekend after Arbolino took one of his three victories in 2023 in Le Mans in a race reduced to 14-laps after an early red flag.
  • He was runner-up in the 2020 Moto3 race and his first top six finish in the Moto2 World Championship came at Le Mans when he finished fourth in 2021 from 19th on the grid.

“I have no doubt we can be strong this weekend”

“I’m feeling confident that we can have a strong weekend in Le Mans after the positive test in Jerez. We have had some days to analyse the data we collected and I’m pretty sure we have a good base to work from that will make us competitive this weekend. I know we still have some work to do but I have no doubt we can be strong this weekend. And I have full confidence and belief that we will be back at the top soon.”



  • Salac is raring to get on track this weekend in France, with Le Mans one of his favourite tracks on the calendar and a venue where he’s previously enjoyed podium success.
  • The Czech rider finished second in front of a record crowd last year and was less than 0.7s behind current teammate Arbolino.
  • Salac’s first World Championship podium was also scored in Le Mans in the Moto3 race back in 2021 and he’s scored points in all his five starts at the 4.19km track.

“Le Mans is one of my favourite tracks”

“I’m really excited to race in Le Mans this weekend because it is one of my favourite tracks where I’ve enjoyed some of the best moments in my career. My first podium was in Le Mans which was incredible and last year Tony and I made a 1-2, so it would be a dream to repeat that. The Jerez test gave me a lot of confidence and I feel now I’m enjoying riding the bike and hopefully we can have a great weekend in France.”