Marc VDS looking at Moto2 expansion for 2015
The high profile Marc VDS Racing squad could expand its involvement in the 2015 Moto2 world championship to a three-rider effort.
Current world championship leader Tito Rabat has already confirmed that he is staying in Moto2 with the Belgium-based squad, which recently abandoned plans to move to MotoGP until 2016.
Marc VDS is also eager to retain experienced Finnish rider Mika Kallio, who is currently second in the Moto2 rankings and 19-points behind Rabat at the halfway stage in the season.
The Marc VDS Racing duo have dominated 2014 with six wins and the squad that came close to winning the Moto2 title with Briton Scott Redding is currently locked in an on going contract battle with Moto2 sensation Jack Miller.
Marc VDS Racing team boss Michael Bartholemy is convinced he has the Aussie tied up on a two-year Moto2 for 2015 and 2016 because of a pre-contract signed almost a year ago.
But Miller and his personal manager and Red Bull KTM Moto3 boss Aki Ajo are adamant an agreement is no longer binding.
Should Miller be taken out of the equation, Bartholemy will try and tempt Honda Moto3 duo Alex Marquez or Alex Rins to ride a third Kalex machine in Marc VDS colours next season.
Rins came close to joining Marc VDS for 2014, as he had a contract in place that had he beat Maverick Vinales in a final round shootout for last year’s Moto3 title in Valencia, the Spaniard would have moved up.
Bartholemy told MCN: “The best thing for us would be to make a three-rider Moto2 team next year and then a two-rider Moto2 and one-rider MotoGP project in 2016. This would be the perfect scenario with what we have now. And if we make a three-rider team next year the opportunity for MotoGP should go to the rider we think can get the best results in that class.”
Marc VDS Racing seems certain to shut down its one-rider Moto3 squad at the end of 2014. It will continue racing in the second half of 2014, despite firing teenager Livio Loi after the recent German round following a string of poor results.