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Marc VDS Racing Team is a motorcycle racing team founded by Belgian principle Marc van der Straten, although it is composed of several smaller teams all operating under the Marc VDS banner. The team currently competes in two disciplines of motorsport: motorcycle racing in the MotoE World Cup and the Moto2 World Championship, and rallying in various rally raid events. It also previously competed in many auto racing championships, such as the Blancpain Endurance Series and the European Le Mans Series.

Marc VDS Racing Team
Team principal(s)Marc van der Straten
Current seriesMotoE World Cup
Moto2 World Championship
Former seriesMotoGP World Championship
FIA GT1 World Championship
FIA GT Championship
Belcar
Moto3 World Championship
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
European Le Mans Series
VLN
Blancpain Endurance Series
Teams'
Championships
Moto2, 2014
Moto2, 2017
Drivers'
Championships
Esteve Rabat: Moto2, 2014
Franco Morbidelli: Moto2, 2017

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HistoryEdit

 
A Ford GT1 entered by Marc VDS in the FIA GT1 World Championship

Based in Gosselies, Belgium, Marc VDS began competing in the Belcar series as part of the racing program for the Gillet Vertigo, a Belgian sports car, under the Belgian Racing title. By 2005 the Gillet program expanded to include the international FIA GT Championship, although the team was not allowed to compete for the season championship due to the low production of road legal Vertigos. Despite continued development for several years, the Gillet program ended in 2008 and van der Straten rebranded the team as Marc VDS. The team however remained involved in the FIA GT Championship at the behest of Jean Michel Delporte and Bas Leinders by becoming one of two development teams for the Matech Ford GT, shifting the team to the GT1 category.[1] Marc VDS also expanded their program through the purchase of a Volkswagen Touareg Rally raid for the 2009 Dakar Rally.

 
Scott Redding on the Marc VDS Suter MMX Moto2 motorcycle

After their year of development in FIA GT, Marc VDS was one of twelve teams granted entry in the inaugural FIA GT1 World Championship in 2010, where they would retain their Ford GT. The 2010 GT1 program also included an entry in the Le Mans Series' 1000 km of Spa as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Shortly after entering FIA GT1, Marc VDS also announced their merger with Michael Bartholemy and Didier de Radiguès' entry in the new Moto2 category of Grand Prix motorcycle racing,[2] where riders Scott Redding and Héctor Faubel would compete on Suter bikes. Marc VDS also added a fourth program to 2010 by co-developing a Ford Mustang with Multimatic Motorsports of Canada for use in the FIA GT3 European Championship.

In July 2015, Bas Leinders announced he had parted from the team.[3] In October 2015, Marc van der Straten announced that the sportscar racing programme would end at the conclusion of the 2015 season.[4]

Grand Prix motorcycle resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike Tyres Riders 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Points Pos.
2010 Moto2 Suter

Suter MMX

D QAT ESP FRA ITA GBR NED CAT GER CZE IND RSM ARA JPN MAL AUS POR VAL - -
  Scott Redding 23 16 11 21 4 11 Ret Ret 22 3 Ret 8 5 Ret 2 4 5
  Héctor Faubel 22 Ret Ret 12 Ret 25 Ret 25 12 Ret 16 17 30 11 Ret 11 21
2011 Moto2 Suter

Suter MMXI

D QAT ESP POR FRA CAT GBR NED ITA GER CZE IND RSM ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL - -
  Mika Kallio 20 17 Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret 17 Ret 13 9 15 10 10 16 6 2
  Scott Redding 31 23 25 16 11 5 24 27 7 26 5 5 15 20 7 10 30
2012 Moto2 Kalex
Kalex Moto2
D QAT ESP POR FRA CAT GBR NED GER ITA IND CZE RSM ARA JPN MAL AUS VAL - -
  Mika Kallio 10 7 9 5 9 10 10 2 11 4 9 4 15 16 6 Ret 7
  Scott Redding 6 4 11 3 10 2 3 Ret 6 6 Ret 7 3 4 11 3 22
2013 Moto2 Kalex
Kalex Moto2
D QAT AME ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GER IND CZE GBR RSM ARA MAL AUS JPN VAL - -
  Mika Kallio 5 3 Ret 2 5 9 4 12 7 1 6 9 5 4 7 2 14
  Scott Redding 2 5 2 1 1 4 2 7 3 8 1 6 4 7 DNS Ret 15
Moto3 Kalex KTM

Kalex KTM Moto3

  Livio Loi 15 16 25 Ret 23 22 14 21 19 22 15 18 18 12 Ret - -
  Jules Danilo Ret 24
2014 Moto2 Kalex
Kalex Moto2
D QAT AME ARG ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GER IND CZE GBR SMR ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL - -
  Mika Kallio 2 4 7 1 1 6 4 3 2 1 2 2 2 7 5 4 2 Ret
  Esteve Rabat 1 2 1 4 3 1 1 8 4 4 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 2
  Aiden Wagner 26
Moto3 Kalex KTM

Kalex KTM Moto3

  Livio Loi 17 12 4 Ret 20 19 25 25 - -
KTM

KTM RC250R

Ret
Kalex KTM

Kalex KTM Moto3

  Jorge Navarro 14 Ret 27 15 Ret Ret 12 12 Ret
2015 MotoGP Honda
Honda RC213V
B QAT AME ARG ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GER IND CZE GBR SMR ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL 84 8th
  Scott Redding 13 Ret 9 13 Ret 11 7 13 Ret 13 12 6 3 12 10 11 11 15
Moto2 Kalex
Kalex Moto2 2015
D   Esteve Rabat Ret 4 12 3 2 1 3 2 Ret 5 2 3 2 1 DNS DNS 1 - -
  Álex Márquez 11 15 15 9 Ret 12 11 9 18 10 4 4 Ret Ret 18 9 Ret 12
2016 MotoGP Honda
Honda RC213V
M QAT ARG AME ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GER AUT CZE GBR SMR ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL 87 11th
  Jack Miller 14 Ret DNS 17 Ret Ret 10 1 7 DNS 16 DNS Ret 10 8 15
  Esteve Rabat 15 9 13 18 Ret DNS 14 11 16 14 10 15 17 Ret 14 16 18 17
  Nicky Hayden 15
Moto2 Kalex
Kalex Moto2
D   Franco Morbidelli 7 25 14 4 4 8 11 3 Ret 2 8 2 5 3 3 2 2 3 - -
  Álex Márquez Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 16 18 8 Ret 6 5 25 10 2 Ret DNS 7 Ret
2017 MotoGP Honda
Honda RC213V
M QAT ARG AME ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GER CZE AUT GBR SMR ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL 117 7th
  Jack Miller 8 9 10 Ret 8 15 Ret 6 15 14 Ret 16 6 13 7 8 7
  Esteve Rabat 15 12 13 Ret 11 11 15 12 18 17 19 12 Ret 15 15 16 18 10
  Hiroshi Aoyama 18
Moto2 Kalex
Kalex Moto2
D   Franco Morbidelli 1 1 1 Ret 1 4 5 1 1 8 1 3 Ret 1 8 3 3 2 - -
  Álex Márquez 5 21 4 1 4 3 1 6 Ret 2 2 14 DNS Ret 1 6 Ret 5
2018 MotoGP Honda
Honda RC213V 2017
M QAT ARG AME ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GER CZE AUT GBR SMR ARA THA JPN AUS MAL VAL 50 11th
  Thomas Lüthi 16 17 18 Ret 16 Ret Ret 20 17 16 22 C 22 17 20 20 16 16 Ret
  Franco Morbidelli 12 14 21 9 13 15 14 DNS WD 13 19 C 12 11 14 11 8 12 Ret
  Stefan Bradl 16
Moto2 Kalex
Kalex Moto2
D   Joan Mir 11 7 4 11 3 3 Ret 5 2 Ret 8 C 5 6 Ret 11 2 10 Ret 328 3rd
  Álex Márquez 3 5 2 Ret 2 5 3 3 13 Ret Ret C 18 4 Ret 4 7 7 3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Marc VDS Racing Team to enter Ford in 2009". planetlemans.com. Planet Le Mans. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2010.
  2. ^ Matthew Birt (10 December 2009). "Ex-Kawasaki MotoGP boss unveils Moto2 plan". motorcyclenews.com. Motor Cycle News. Retrieved 2 September 2010.
  3. ^ Dagys, John (30 July 2015). "Leinders, Marc VDS Part Ways". Sportscar365.com. John Dagys Media, LLC. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  4. ^ Watkins, Gary (6 October 2015). "BMW sportscar team Marc VDS Racing stops car racing programme". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 14 December 2015.

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