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MotoGP World Championship – San Marino Grand Prix10.09.2018


Morbidelli overtakes Syarhin

By finishing twelfth in the San Marino Grand Prix, Franco Morbidelli has overtaken Hafizh Syahrin in the “Rookie of the Year” standings.

The Races

In great shape during the practice test sessions, ninth after four laps of the race, Franco Morbidelli got off to a great start in his national Grand Prix: the rider lives a few kilometres from the Misano circuit. Fighting it out with Bautista and Iannone, the reigning Moto2 world champion unfortunately suffered when his tires began to deteriorate. “As the laps went by I started having problems and had to slow down because I could not brake properly,” he said. “I also lost too much time when I accelerated.” Twelfth under the checkered flag, the Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS rider was finally satisfied with having scored some valuable points on his home ground. For Tom Lüthi, the thirteenth race of the season turned into an ordeal. Unable to find the right settings during the practice test sessions, the Swiss rider had to settle for twenty-second place. “I had trouble finishing the race, I couldn’t attack,” he regretted after the race. In Moto2, Joan Mir was fifth. “I finished the race well after struggling to find my pace during the first part of this Grand Prix,” said the reigning Moto3 World Champion. “We’ll have to find out what went wrong to do better during the next race in Aragon.” Hit by an opponent shortly after the start, Álex Márquez managed to make a great comeback from 32nd to 18th place.

The Championship

In scoring four points in Misano, Morbidelli has climbed back to sixteenth place in the MotoGP Championship and now leads Hafizh Syahrin in the “Rookie of the Year” standings. In Moto2, Álex Márquez has dropped to sixth place overall, just behind teammate Joan Mir, who took advantage of his new top five to move up the standings and get closer to Lorenzo Baldassari.

The Background

Next year, the team Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS will no longer race in the MotoGP category. So its team owner has decided. “We began in the Moto2 class from its inception in 2010,” recalls Marc van der Straten. “We expanded our team in that class and won many victories over the seasons, going as far as to win the title of world champion in 2014 with Rabat, then in 2017 with Franco Morbidelli. Whether with Tito, Franco, Álex, or later with Scott Redding and Mika Kallio, we have won more than thirty races and scored more than 80 Moto2 podium finishes. We have become the reference team of the Grand Prix intermediate class. In 2015, we decided to move into MotoGP as well, but the results have so far never been what we were hoping for. The choice to run in the premier-class category was never really mine, and that’s why I have decided that next year the Marc VDS team will return to what it was at its origins, a family team designed to serve as a springboard for talented young riders.” In parallel to that program, the Marc VDS team will also be involved in the five new MotoE World Cup events.