Marc VDS looking for three in a row at Misano
After successfully completing two days of testing at Vallelunga, the Marc VDS Racing Team head to Misano, round 12 of the Moto2 World Championship, looking for their third win in a row.
Between them Mika Kallio and Scott Redding have won the last two races, with Kallio securing his first ever Moto2 win at Brno four weeks ago and Redding taking the victory in front of his home crowd at Silverstone last time out.
Redding goes into the Misano weekend focussed primarily on the championship, which he currently leads by 38 points from Pol Espargaro, but as he showed in Great Britain, the 20-year-old Briton won’t hesitate to push for the win should the opportunity present itself.
Kallio will also have one eye on the championship this weekend. The 30-year-old Finn currently lies fourth in the standings, but has his sights set firmly on Tito Rabat in third, having reduced the gap to just ten points.
The Marc VDS Racing Team’s Moto3 rider, Livio Loi, heads to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli determined to build on his top 20 finish last time out at Silverstone. The 16-year-old Belgian has the added advantage of knowing the track this weekend, having finished on the podium at Misano in last year’s Rookies Cup race.
All three Marc VDS Racing Team bikes will feature a new, one-off livery this weekend, as the team welcomes Litek, Hitachi, Rivacold and Centra Seta as sponsors for the Misano round.
Scott Redding #45:
“To win at home and extend my championship lead was a great feeling, but it’s back to work this weekend. We completed two days of testing at Vallelunga this week, with positive results, but now it’s time to race once again. The goal has to be to fight for a podium at Misano and, if possible, try and finish in front of Pol to extend my lead in the championship even further. It’s not going to be easy, but then when has it ever been easy in Moto2?”
Mika Kallio #36:
“We’ve had a good two days of testing here at Vallelunga, a track that is very similar to Misano. We’ve found a few small improvements with the bike, which means we go into this weekend with some confidence. The aim is to be top five on the timesheet from the first session onwards; if we can do that then I think a podium finish is the least we can expect come Sunday.”
Livio Loi #11:
“Silverstone was a tough race, because I started so far back on the grid. I managed to fight my way through to lead my group and finish inside the top 20, but this weekend I need to be battling in the next group for a points scoring finish. Qualifying well will be important if I’m to do that, so this will be our main focus leading up to Sunday’s race.”