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GP Week : Issue 209
MOTOGP >>> nEWs alex tO JOin marC mOtO2 Alex Marquez (right) will step up to Moto2 next season. The 18-year-old brother of MotoGP World Champion Marc will join Marc VDS to partner current Moto2 points leader Tito Rabat, who is expected to move to MotoGP the following season. “It has always been our goal to bring young riders into Moto2, and Alex Marquez is the perfect fit for us,” said Marc VDS team boss Michael Bartholemy. “He has shown he has both the talent and the drive to succeed with some impressive performances over the past two years, which are the attributes we want as we look towards the future. “Having Tito Rabat alongside him and an experienced team behind him will help with Alex’s transition from Moto3 to Moto2 next year. “I am confident that in 2016 he will be ready to step up and spearhead our world championship campaign.” at BriEFly » Josh Herrin has parted way with the AirAsia Caterham Moto2 team. The American has struggled to adapt his style to the Dunlops used in the class, and will be replaced at Misano by Thai rider Ratthapark Wilairot, who subbed for Herrin when the American broke his collarbone in a training accident back in April. Herrin’s exit means that there will not be any American riders in the three classes at Misano. » Colin Edwards has confirmed that he will take a testing role. Edwards will become Yamaha’s official test rider, and will work with Michelin on the development of its 2016 tyres. » Changes have been made at Sky Racing Team VR46. Team Manager Vittoriano Guareschi has parted ways with the team, the management of which will now be handled by Alessio ‘Uccio’ Salucci and Carlo Alberto Tebaldi. » Simone Corsi will miss the Misano Moto2 race. The Italian has undergone surgery on his arm after a clash with Jonas Folger at Silverstone and will be replaced on the NGM Forward entry by Florian Marino. » Bridgestone has announced that it will offer a new asymmetric front slick at Phillip Island and Valencia this season. The new tyre was tested at the post-race test at Brno last month. Nicky Hayden’s wrist injury will keep him out of MotoGP racing for another race, at least. The American underwent surgery last month to deal with the injury he first suffered in 2011. His place at Misano will be taken by Leon Camier. “I’m definitely going to miss the next race at Misano, but I’m planning on that being the last one and making my return at Aragon,” Hayden said in a video message. “I don’t like to miss races, but don’t think I’ve been at home on a summer vacation, goofing off. “I’ve worked closely with my doctor and done everything he’s asked.” Camier, 28, finished 15th and 16th in his first two riders on the Aspar Honda. Loris Baz has emerged as a possible MotoGP rider in 2015. The Frenchman is believed to be on the outer with his current World Superbike team, Kawasaki. Reports suggest that he was keen to stay with the team he joined in mid-2012 (and for which he sits fifth in the WSBK points) but with that team committed to points leader and defending Champion Tom Sykes for the next two years, there appears to be a change in the air. Dorna is known to want a French rider in MotoGP and recent reports indicated that Johann Zarco has turned down the opportunity to graduate to the premier class from Moto2. Baz’s chances may rely on where Scott Redding ends up. The Briton is thought to be in line for a graduation to a full works RC213V next season, and his current seat could be made available to Baz. There is also a seat to be filled at Pramac Ducati when current ride Andrea Iannone graduates to Ducati Corse next season, and while Aprilia recently told the Italian media that it has a deal signed with one of its riders for next season, an opportunity could be there for Baz as well. Kawasaki is thought to be looking at Jonny Rea to join Sykes, ruling the Irishman out of any MotoGP move for next season. niCKY nOt reaDY BaZ fOr mOtOgp? 16 GPWEEK.com // 16 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: