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Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS agrees new two-year partnership with Total

The successful partnership between Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS and French energy giant Total will continue in 2020 and 2021 after a new two-year deal was agreed for both the Moto2 World Championship and MotoE World Cup.

Total has worked closely with Marc VDS since it first entered Grand Prix racing back in 2010 in Moto2 but this new agreement extends to the MotoE World Cup, which is the exciting new zero emission series contested for the first time this year.

The support of Total has been a key ingredient in helping the Belgium-based team win three world titles in the Moto2 class with Tito Rabat in 2014, Franco Morbidelli in 2017 and most recently with Alex Márquez in 2019.

The partnership between Total and Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS has not only been a success because of their shared values and professional excellence, but they have collaborated closely together in research and development of fuels to keep them at the forefront of competition in Moto2.

The long-standing relationship with Total extends far beyond a typical sponsor agreement, with experience and passion breeding success that everyone will be working immensely hard to replicate in Moto2 and MotoE.

MARC VAN DER STRATEN, Team Owner:

“This new agreement is undoubtedly great news and confirmation that our union with Total is the result of a long and solid relationship between two parties who have learned to know and appreciate each other. The unconditional support for each other over ten years is proof of this. Total has trusted us over the years and we have responded to this trust with three World Championships. It is undoubtedly a pleasure to continue this fruitful relationship with which we hope to continue to add good results.”

PIERRE GAUTIER CALONI, Vice President Total Sponsoring & Motorsport:

“We are delighted to renew our relationship and trust with Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS after ten years of a successful partnership that has resulted in winning three world titles. We share the values of Marc VDS, especially in terms of loyalty and ambition and they are undoubtedly the perfect companion for us in Moto2. In addition, we are doubly pleased as our commitment to Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS is extended to the MotoE category as Total goes beyond the current framework of fuel and lubricant supplier and becomes involved in other areas related to mobility, especially in the electrical sector, prodiving fluids dedicated to hybrid and electric vehicles.”

DENIZ ÖNCÜ TO JOIN RED BULL KTM TECH3 IN 2020

The young Turkish rider Deniz Öncü is set to give his full-time Moto3 debut in the upcoming season lining up alongside Ayumu Sasaki in Red Bull KTM Tech3’s new Moto3 project. The 16-year old talent is already looking back to some strong results in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, fighting for the title in 2018. The same year and in 2019, he competed in the FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship and gathered first experiences in the Moto3 World Championship.

Deniz Öncü

“I’m very happy to step up to the Moto3 World Championship with Red Bull KTM Tech3. It’s a dream coming true, as I was always wishing to ride here full time. I want to improve in each race next year and I will do my very best to make this happen. Plus, I target to reach the points scoring positions and ride consistently. A huge thank you to Hervé Poncharal for giving me this chance!”

Hervé Poncharal Team Manager

“Finally, we can announce the complete line-up of our Red Bull KTM Tech3 Moto3 team and we are very proud to say that Deniz Öncü will be teammate to Ayumu Sasaki. This is going to be a very exciting season for all of us in Moto3, as these two riders are very young, have a very high potential and are promising future Champions. But it’s also going to be interesting for us, because for the first time ever, Tech3 will be entering the Moto3 class. We know this is a very crucial category for KTM, as I know they are working very hard on the new bike and it will be another very exciting and hopefully successful project for Red Bull KTM Tech3.”

Moto GP World Championship – Valencia Grand Prix

Endgame in Spain

Two weeks after winning the Moto2 World Championship in Malaysia, Álex Márquez rode the last race of the season in front of his fans. He shone, but he also fell.

Crowned in Sepang, Álex Márquez had only one goal for the last event of the season: to have fun and offer his supporters a final podium. Mission half-accomplished for the new Moto2 world champion. Qualified for the fifth row of the starting grid after difficult free practice sessions, Márquez had climbed back to fifth position when he lost control of the front of his bike on one of the slowest corners of the circuit. “I gave it everything, as I promised I would, but it was not enough,” said the team Marc VDS rider, after starting off again and finishing the race in thirtieth position. “I’m sorry for the team because I made a mistake, but let’s not forget that we are world champions and we have just finished a magnificent season.” Fourth in Sepang, Vierge rode to a well-earned seventh place in front of his home crowd. “I’m happy to end the year with two good results,” said the Catalan. “It’s good for the team and for me because the season has not been easy.” Riding for Tech 3, Marco Bezzecchi crossed the finish line in nineteenth position while Philipp Oettl ranked twenty-sixth. In MotoGP, Iker Lecuona made his debut with the KTM of the French team to replace Miguel Oliveira, injured since the overseas leg of the season and withdrawn for the last race of the season. Nineteenth during the practice test sessions, Lecuona was in twelfth position when he fell just before the halfway mark. Hafyzh Syahrin completed his last race in MotoGP, crossing the finish line in fifteenth place, marking one last point.

The Championship


Although he did not score any points in Valencia, Álex Márquez finished the Moto2 2019 season as world champion, just three points ahead of Brad Binder. Xavi Vierge moved up two more spots to finish the year in thirteenth place with 81 points. Marco Bezzecchi finished twenty-third with 17 points. Philipp Oettl never managed to make it to the top fifteen. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira finished seventeenth with 33 points while Hafizh Syahrin finished twenty-third with nine points.

MotoGP World Championship – Malaysian Grand Prix

World Champion Márquez 

Five years after winning the Moto3 world championship, Álex Márquez took the Moto2 class title by making it to the second step of the Malaysian Grand Prix podium.

After three races that prevented him from being among the front-runners, Álex Márquez made it back to the podium in Malaysia, on a day when he could not afford to lose more than eight points to Brad Binder or three to Tom Lüthi if he wanted to secure the world championship title. And he wanted. By finishing second in the wake of the South African, and ahead of the Swiss rider who could also have taken the title, the Marc VDS rider snatched the crown. Leader for four laps, he did not insist when Binder overtook him, happy simply to manage his lead over Lüthi. “I am very, very happy,” commented the Spaniard. “Everyone has done an incredible job to help me feel confident all season long, especially this weekend. We arrived here after a series of complicated races. This one was difficult today, but I handled it as best I could.” Teammate Xavi Vierge posted his best result of the season, finishing fourth. “We found a good base of settings in Australia and when we arrived here everything worked well in the first practice session,” he said. “I was able to change my style of riding, I had a good pace in the race and I didn’t finish very far from the podium.” On the team Tech 3 side, Philipp Oettl finished 21st but Marco Bezzecchi didn’t cross the finish line. The Italian fell six laps from the finish as he struggled to get into the top ten. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira had to throw in the towel on the first day of free practice sessions. Still suffering from his shoulder since his heavy fall at Phillip Island, the Portuguese rider returned to Europe to consult his doctors. “I’m going to see if I have to have surgery as soon as possible to be one hundred percent for the first tests in February,” he said. Despite being on home ground, Hafizh Syahrin failed to score any points. The Malaysian took the chequered flag in sixteenth position behind Mika Kallio.

The Championship

For his fifth season with the Marc VDS team, Álex Márquez completed his assignment to win the Moto2 World Championship title. The Spaniard will return to the intermediate class next year and try to double the ante, as did Johann Zarco in 2017. In finishing fourth, Xavi Vierge climbed up to fifteenth place in the overall standings and is just four points behind Remy Gardner. Marco Bezzecchi retains his twenty-second place. In MotoGP, despite his withdrawal Oliveira stays in seventeenth place while Hafizh Syahrin is twenty-third.

Superbike World Championship – Qatar

Three wins to finish the season

Five-time world champion since the event at Magny-Cours, Jonathan Rea ended his season in Qatar with a new hat-trick.

Insatiable, Jonathan Rea completed his triumphal season by winning in the last three championship races held on the Losail circuit in Qatar. The hat-trick, the second this year after Donington, allows the Kawasaki rider to make his stats even better. The five-time Superbike World Champion now has 88 victories on his track record. “I’m really happy to finish the season with a hat-trick,” said Rea. “This year has been very special. I didn’t expect to suffer so much at the start of the season; I had to wait for the fifth event to win my first race. But we never let anything go. We worked to make the bike better and demonstrated on the last races that top speed is not everything. I am proud of what we achieved this year.” For his last appearance with Team Kawasaki, Leon Haslam tied for fifth place before finishing ninth in his last race with the ZX-RR. “I was hoping to do a little better,” he explained. “The season was harder than expected, I had difficulty all year in stopping the bike during the braking phases. I wasn’t able to make the progress I should have. But I had some good races, such as in Australia, Aragon and Misano. I’m also happy to have won the Suzuka Eight Hours with Jonathan.” Best independent rider this season, Toprak Razgatlioglu failed to make it back to the podium in Qatar. Eleventh in the first race, he finished the Superpole sprint in fourth place and finished fifth in the final leg. In Supersport, Lucas Mahias ended his season with another victory, the second after Magny-Cours. A success obtained though hard work by the Kawasaki rider who suffered from stomach pains at the start. Hikari Okubo crossed the finish line of the Losail circuit in eighth place.

The Championship

Despite a difficult start to the season, Jonathan Rea once again crushed the competition this year. With 17 victories, the now five-time Superbike World Champion finished with 663 points, 165 points more than his first runner-up, Alvaro Bautista. Leon Haslam ranked seventh with 281 points while Toprak Razgatlioglu, the best independent rider, finished the season in fifth place with 315 points. In Supersport, Lucas Mahias, winner of two of the last three races, finished fourth in the world championship with 168 points. Fifth, Hikari Okubo finished the year with 105 points.

MotoGP World Championship – Australian Grand Prix

Márquez marks time

With capricious weather that disrupted the free practice sessions and complicated the races, the Australian Grand Prix was no picnic. Márquez won an honourable mention and managed his lead in the overall standings.

Once again, springtime in the southern hemisphere put the riders’ nerves severely to the test on the Phillip Island circuit. Scattered showers, a temperature of fourteen degrees and powerful gusts of wind that even forced the organizers to postpone the qualifying sessions for the MotoGP class on Sunday morning. A decision made after Miguel Oliveira crashed, driven off the track by a violent squall of wind at the end of the straight line. Well shaken by the crash, the KTM Tech 3 rider was unable to start the seventeenth race of the season. Braving difficult conditions although less unfavourable than those of the day before, Hafizh Syahrin, his teammate, managed to finish fifteenth to add a point in the overall standings. In Moto2, Álex Márquez did not ride the race he had hoped for after showing a good pace during the practice test sessions. Sixth on the starting grid, the Marc VDS rider never managed to keep up with the front-runners. He wisely stuck to eighth place. “The day was a lot more complicated than I expected,” he admitted. “Right from the start of the race I understood that I did not have the pace to take the lead. I found myself in a fight without being able to ride it out. When you don’t have the pace and you lack feeling with your bike, it quickly becomes difficult, especially on a circuit like Phillip Island where you have to feel confident to ride fast. But we still scored points that are important for the championship.” Starting from 14th place on the grid, Xavi Vierge was fighting it out for fifth position when he crashed at corner number four. “I’m really sorry for the team because I had the pace and the bike to make it to the podium,” said the Catalan. Like him, Marco Bezzecchi fell at the start of the race when he was classed eighth in the practice test sessions. Hit by another rider, the KTM Tech 3 rider could do nothing to prevent himself from crashing. And Phillip Oettl crossed the finish line in twentieth position.

The Championship

Having scored eight more points at Phillip Island, Márquez leaves Australia with a 28-point lead over Tom Lüthi. Next weekend in Malaysia the Marc VDS rider will play his first match point to win his first Moto2 World Championship title. Despite his crash, Xavi Vierge remains in 16th place in the overall classification. No change either for Marco Bezzecchi, still twenty-second. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira has moved up into seventeenth position while Hafizh Syahrin is now once again ahead of Sylvain Guintoli and is now in the twenty-third place overall.

MotoGP World Championship – Grand Prix of Japan

Márquez keeps control and getting closer to the title


Despite a difficult race, Álex Márquez did the job by finishing sixth, and the Moto2 World Championship leader has kept his opponents at bay.

Álex Márquez, who had scored pole position, had to settle for sixth place under the chequered flag at the finish of the Japanese Grand Prix. Less at ease than he seemed to be during the practice test sessions, the leader of the championship had to deal with a machine that became nervous when it accelerated. “We finished sixth, that’s not too bad,” commented Márquez. “But it’s true we expected much better after the free practice sessions. We changed things on the bike between the warm-up and the race, and maybe that was not the best idea we had. We’ll have to analyze all of this before Australia and get back among the leaders and set the pace right away.” Xavi Vierge had a very complicated weekend. In the background during the practice test sessions because of braking problems, and only twentieth on the grid, the Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS rider had a good start. He climbed back to twelfth position just before being snagged by the Italian rider Manzi he had just overtaken. A new Did Not Finish for Marquez’s team-mate. The Moto2 riders for the Tech 3 KTM team also had a bad weekend. Sick, Marco Bezzecchi gave up halfway while fighting for a place in the top ten. And Phillip Oettl crossed the finish line in twentieth position. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira equalled his second best result of the season by finishing twelfth. A good performance for the Portuguese rider, who had a bad crash during the practice test sessions. “The first laps were difficult because of the traffic,” he said. “But I managed to pick up my pace as the laps went by and finished well. Physically I felt much better than in Thailand, which is a good sign before the Australian Grand Prix.” Hafizh Syahrin fought it out with the Japanese rider Nakagami before losing it in the last five laps. He finished twentieth, 46 seconds behind the winner, Marc Márquez.

The Championship

By finishing sixth in Motegi, Álex Márquez has pocketed ten more points. With only three races remaining, the Moto2 world championship leader is now 36 points ahead of Thomas Lüthi, his new runner-up. Xavi Vierge has lost another place in the general classification. He is now sixteenth. Same punishment for Marco Bezzecchi who has slipped back to twenty-second position. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira has moved up to to sixteenth place while Hafizh Syahrin stays twenty-fourth.

Superbike World Championship – Argentina

Two more wins for Rea

In the wake of his fifth world champion title at the end of September in Magny-Cours, Jonathan Rea chalked up three new podiums in Argentina. And the Kawasaki rider made it twice to the top step.

The penultimate event of the Superbike World Championship season, the Argentinian event organized on the Villicum circuit in San Juan once again allowed the Kawasaki riders to show off. Third during the practice test sessions and second at the finish of the first race, Jonathan Rea took home two victories on Sunday, gaining the upper hand over Alvaro Bautista, the winner the day before. “I’m very happy with the way we managed this weekend,” said the five-time world champion. “We started on a very dirty track which caused us many problems, especially in terms of tire wear. But after each session and after each race the team did a great job, changing the settings of my bike each time. On Sunday, it behaved perfectly. The conditions had improved, the grip was better, and I was able to hold off Bautista who brakes hard. I was able to keep up a great pace that even allowed me to get away from him fairly quickly.” In trouble during the practice test sessions, Leon Haslam was penalized by being far back on the grid at each start. Sixth on Saturday, the British rider who, unlike his opponents was riding the San Juan track for the first time, finished eighth in the sprint race and tenth in the last event of the weekend. Toprak Razgatlioglu on the other hand rode well and, like Rea, chalked up three podiums during the Argentinian weekend. Three times third, the Turkish rider confirmed his improvement during the second part of the championship. In Supersport, Lucas Mahias finished his weekend on the second step of the podium. “I lacked feeling during the practice test sessions,” said the Frenchman. “At the beginning of the race, I still didn’t feel very comfortable on the bike. But by watching my opponents, I started to take the bends more tightly and found I could ride at a much faster pace. I was even the fastest on the second half of the race. Unfortunately, Jules Cluzel had taken too much of an advance for me to catch up with him. Whatever the case, this new podium was a great reward for the entire Kawasaki team.” His teammate Hikari Okubo took the chequered flag in twelfth position after his machine had vibration problems.

The Championship

Although he won the Championship title during the last weekend of the championship organized in France, it seems Jonathan Rea can’t win enough. The Kawasaki rider further increased his lead over his opponents in Argentina. 141 points now separate him from Alvaro Bautista. Further down the list, Leon Haslam remains in sixth place overall with 257 points, just behind Toprak Razgatlioglu who is now only five points behind Alex Lowes and six behind Michael Van der Mark. Already assured of the title of best independent rider, the Turk can still hope to overtake the two official Yamaha riders and finish the championship on the third step of the podium. In Supersport, Lucas Mahias has consolidated his fourth place and is now only 14 points behind Jules Cluzel. Fifth and missing 46 points, Hikari Okubo can no longer hope to catch up with his teammate.

MotoGP World Championship Thailand Grand Prix

Márquez keeps his lead

With only four races remaining, Álex Márquez now has a forty-point lead in the Moto2 World Championship standings. The title is getting closer …

The first of the four events on the Asia / Pacific Tour, the Thailand Grand Prix was more than a mere formality for the riders who had to cope with harsh weather conditions and a track whose grip changed from one day to the next.  Álex Márquez handled it well. Chalking up his fifth pole position in seven Grands Prix, the Spaniard finished the first lap of the race in the lead before giving way to Luca Marini. He then fought it out with Iker Lecuona, Brad Binder and Augusto Fernandez before crossing the finish line in fifth position. “The race was more difficult than expected,” said the championship leader. “Right from the warm-up this morning I found it difficult keeping up the pace. The conditions were noticeably different from the free practice sessions and things were more difficult for me. Despite it all we had a good race, I fought long enough in the lead, and could have made the podium. That was not to be, but the weekend was still positive, I finished fifth with useful points for the championship.” Xavi Vierge never saw the checkered flag. After qualifying for seventh place, the Catalan fell on the eleventh lap, trying to catch up with the leaders. On the side of the Tech 3 team, Marco Bezzecchi clinched his second top ten of the season after Assen. “The bike was working well and despite the heat I managed to keep enough energy for the end of the race,” said the Italian, “and that allowed me to overtake several riders in the last six laps.” Phillip Oettl took the checkered flag in twenty-second position. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira finished just short of the points, handicapped by pain in his shoulder after a fall during the practice test sessions. “I was paced well on the first part of the race but unfortunately I couldn’t keep it up,” regretted the Portuguese rider. Hafizh Syahrin complained about a lack of engine power probably due to the heat. He finished in twentieth position.

The Championship

Although he lost two points to Augusto Fernandez after the Thailand Grand Prix, Álex Márquez has nonetheless consolidated his position as leader, since with four races to go before the end of the championship he now has a forty-point lead over his Spanish opponent. Xavi Vierge has slipped to fifteenth place while Marco Bezzecchi has moved up to twenty-first. In the MotoGP category, Miguel Oliveira keeps his 17th place and Hafizh Syahrin is still 24th.

Superbike World Championship – France

A Five-Star Rea

While there are still two events to be run, Jonathan Rea on the Magny-Cours circuit won his fifth world champion title in a row. A unique performance in the history of the Superbike World Championship.

By winning the second race of the weekend at Magny-Cours as well as the sprint of the Superpole, Jonathan Rea clinched his fifth World Superbike title, something no rider has ever done before. The previous day, the Kawasaki rider was second in the first heat organized on the French circuit. The feat is all the greater in that there are still two events on the calendar, in Argentina and Qatar, and only a while ago Rea was 61 points behind Alvaro Bautista. “I’m super happy,” said the Brit. “It’s the most incredible challenge I’ve ever met since I started racing. The beginning of the season was very complicated, but we never gave up. We managed to react and work as a team. Honestly, I didn’t expect to win the title this weekend. The goal was to get it in Argentina and then go to Qatar without any pressure. Bautista’s fall was an opportunity that we couldn’t miss. I was better on the bike today, it was warmer and the pace was slower. Michael was better than me in some parts of the circuit, I was better in others. I took stock of the situation before riding all-out to win. And winning the title on top of a new victory is just fantastic. It’s a great reward for the whole team without whom nothing would have been possible.” For Leon Haslam, the weekend at Magny-Cours was more difficult. Victim of a crash Saturday, the Kawasaki rider had to settle for seventh place under the chequered flag on Sunday afternoon. Toprak Razgatlioglu took advantage of the French event to chalk up his first World Superbike win. The Turkish rider unfortunately fell on Sunday after clinching with Alvaro Bautista. In Supersport, Lucas Mahais chalked up his first win of the season in front of his fans after a hard-fought race. if proof was needed, Hikaro Okubo finished fifth – just two seconds behind his teammate.

The Championship

Backed by the 83rd victory of his career in Superbike, at Magny-Cours Jonathan Rea became the first five-time world champion in the history of the championship. With 544 points, 129 more than Alvaro Bautista, his runner-up, the Kawasaki rider is sure he cannot be overtaken when there are only two races left to contend. Leon Haslam slipped to sixth overall with 21 points behind Toprak Tazgatlioglu, who is now in fifth place with just 14 points behind Michael Van der Mark. In Supersport, Lucas Mahias has consolidated his fourth place and is now only 14 points from Jules Cluzel. Hikari Okubo keeps his fifth place. 30 points now separate the two teammates.