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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.

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.

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.

MotoGP World Championship – Aragon Grand Prix

Márquez increases his lead

Leader of the Moto2 World Championship, Álex Márquez increased his lead by finishing third in the Grand Prix of Aragon while taking advantage of the fall of Augusto Fernandez, his main rival in the title race.

In front of his fans, on the Aragon circuit, the leader of the Moto2 world championship was eager to shine. Álex Márquez didn’t win, but by making it to the podium for the ninth time of the season and also taking advantage of the fall of his rival in the title race, Augusto Fernandez, the rider from Cervera has increased his lead at the top of the overall standings. From pole position, Márquez fought it out to the finish behind Brad Binder, together with Luca Marini and Jorge Navarro. “It was a difficult race because the conditions were different from those we had during the practice test sessions, especially because of the wind that had changed direction,” said the Marc VDS rider. “In trying to catch up with Binder I used my rear tire too much and at the end of the race I lacked traction. So when Jorge overtook me I didn’t insist. Augusto having fallen, my thoughts were on the championship.” His team-mate Xavi Vierge made it again to the top-ten, taking the chequered flag in tenth place. “I was hoping for better,” said the Catalan. “I didn’t have the same good feelings as during the practice test sessions, I had the impression I was fighting with the bike.” Marco Bezzecchi, who suffered from a lack of grip on his rear tire, finished fifteenth. Philipp Oettl, the second rider of the team KTM Tech 3, had to settle for twenty-sixth place. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira returned to the top fifteen. Thirteenth on the finish line, the Portuguese rider was satisfied with his performance after two Did Not Finish: “I had a good race fighting it out with the top riders. I am all the happier in that it’s not easy to overtake on this circuit.” His teammate Hafizh Syarhin ranked twenty-first.

The Championship

With his third place, Álex Márquez increased his lead in the overall standings from 26 to 38 points. A good operation before the major round of four races overseas looming ahead in October. Xavi Vierge stays in fourteenth place. On the side of the Tech 3 team, Marco Bezzecchi is in 23rd place with 11 points while Philipp Oettl’s counter has yet to start. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira has moved up one places. He is now seventeenth with 29 points. No change for Hafizh Syahrin, still twenty-fourth with 6 points.

MotoGP World Championship – San Marino Grand Prix

Marquez makes it to the Podium

By finishing third in the San Marino Grand Prix, Álex Márquez made it to the podium for the eighth time this season. A performance that allows the Moto2 Championship leader to maintain a lead of more than one victory in the overall standings.

After his fall in Britain, Álex Márquez had to redeem himself. Which is just what he did. On a circuit where he has never felt very comfortable, the Marc VDS rider managed to qualify for the front row on the starting grid before taking a place on the podium. In the fight with Augusto Fernandez and Fabio Di Giannantonio, Márquez had to struggle for a long time before securing third place. “Right from the first lap I had a major warning that made me think,” said the championship leader. “I narrowly avoided a crash, and I told myself the race was going to be difficult. I concentrated on keeping the fastest pace possible by staying with the riders ahead of me. After my fall at Silverstone, I had to get back on track.” Xavi Vierge had a positive weekend, finishing eighth, as he did in June in the Netherlands. For a long time sixth, the Catalan unfortunately missed a gear in the last laps, leaving Navarro and Binder to use it to their advantage and overtake him. On the Tech 3 Moto2 side, Marco Bezzecchi fell at the start of the race and Philipp Oettl finished twenty-third. In MotoGP, Hafizh finished fifteenth, just ahead of Miguel Oliveira. Victim of a fall early in the race when he could have made the top ten, the Portuguese rider managed to return to the track in last position and almost scored points.

The Championship

In making it back to the podium, Alex Marquez keeps first place in the overall Moto2 standings with more than one victory ahead of Augusto Fernandez, the winner in Misano. Thanks to his eighth place, Xavi Vierge has moved up a position. He is now thirteenth with 53 points. Hafizh Syahrin keeps his twenty-fourth place with six points while Miguel Oliveira is now eighteenth one point behind Andrea Iannone and Johan Zarco.

MotoGP World Championship – British Grand Prix

Vierge finishes in top ten

After four withdrawals in a row, Xavi Vierge made it to the chequered flag of the British Grand Prix. The Spaniard even ranked in the top ten.

“My goal was to finish the race, I’m happy to have achieved that, even though the result was not the one I was hoping for.” At the arrival of the British Grand Prix, Xavi Vierge was positive. “I had to get back on track after four withdrawals in a row. I may have been a little too careful at the start of the race, but I really wanted to avoid any problems.” Leading the way after clinching his third pole position of the season, Álex Márquez seemed capable of chalking up another victory. Unfortunately the Marc VDS rider fell during the sixth lap while he was ahead of Jorge Navarro. “I made a mistake, I admit, but it’s the first of the season,” explained the former Moto3 world champion. “We must learn from it and come back to earth. Things may have been a little too easy for me lately. I am sorry for the team who once again did a great job this weekend; I’ll do my best to redeem myself in the next race at Misano.” The KTM Tech 3 riders also missed out on the Silverstone circuit. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira was hit early in the race by Johann Zarco while he could have made the top ten once again. Hafizh Syarhin managed to score points, something he has not done since the Dutch Grand Prix, ranking thirteenth. “The pace wasn’t great, but after three falls in the last three races, I lacked confidence,” commented the Malaysian. In Moto2, Marco Bezzecchi complained about the grip of his machine. The Italian took the chequered flag in nineteenth position while Philipp Oettl was ranked twenty-fourth.

The Championship

Despite his fall – his second Did Not Finish of the season – Alex Marquez is still the firm leader in the Moto2 rankings. The Marc VDS rider still has a thirty-five point lead over Augusto Fernandez. Xavi Vierge stays in fourteenth place. No change either for Marco Bezzecchi, still twenty-fourth with thirty-three points. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira has lost two spots and has dropped to seventeenth place. Hafizh Syahrin is now twenty-fourth with six points on the scoreboard.