The Arma team had a lot of success all of the globe this weekend! Phil Soven held it down in the United States winning the third Pro Wakeboard Tour stop in Sacramento, CA. Scott Redding continued his Moto 2 dominace by taking 2nd at Assen. Mika Kallio also got 4th to round it out for the Marc VDS/Arma Energy team. Finally, Gary Young, Matt Buyten, and Stevie McCann headed to Munich, Germany for the third stop of the global X-Games series. Buyten walked away with a silver medal in Moto-X Step-up. Our get well soon wishes go out to Gary Young who broke his wrist in the bmx park finals. Check these guys out at X-Games LA at the end of this month! Go check out instagram.com/armaenergy for pics from the weekend.
Gosselies, Belgium – 18 June 2013: Current FIM Moto2 World Championship leader, Scott Redding, will swap his Kalex Moto2 bike for a BMW M3 GT4, as he takes to the track for the first time on four wheels this weekend at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium.
It will be a new experience for Redding, who normally drives a van with less than 100BHP when he’s home between races. At Spa the 20-year-old Briton will be behind the wheel of a BMW M3 GT4, which weighs in at just 1,430 kilograms and produces 420BHP from it’s V8, five litre engine.
Just a bit of a difference then!
The BMW M3 GT4 has been supplied by BMW Motorsport and is the car they use for taxi rides at DTM races, which makes it unique in that it’s fitted with two seats. Redding will receive expert instruction from experienced driver coach, Martin Scheiff, before being let loose on his own around the Spa Francorchamps circuit.
Redding will spend two days at Spa to familiarise himself with both the car and the 20 turns that comprise the seven-kilometre Spa Francorchamps circuit, home of the Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix and the world renowned 24 Hours of Spa endurance race.
“BMW Motorsport very kindly gave me the opportunity to drive the BMW M3 GT4 at Spa and there was no way I was going to pass up a chance like that,” declared Redding. “To be honest I’m a bit nervous about the whole thing. The car weighs next to nothing and produces around 420BHP, so it’s a bit different to the Caddy van I normally knock about in. But it’s not just the car; the track has something of a reputation too.”
“I visited the track for the 1000km of Spa a few years ago, when our car team were racing there, but I’ve never actually ridden the circuit myself. At seven kilometres it’s longer than any track we race on, so learning my way around will be the first priority. Learning a track doesn’t take me that long on a bike, but I suspect it will be a bit harder behind the wheel of a car, as the lines will be completely different and the car itself is about ten times wider than my Moto2 bike.”
“And then there’s the Raidillon…”
“I saw the Marc VDS cars going through there at speed a few years ago and I remember thinking then, ‘that looks a bit scary’, but I suspect it’s going to look a lot more scary from the seat of the BMW M3 GT4 at 200 km/h! The fact that every time I mention to someone that I’m driving at Spa they suck their teeth and whisper ‘Le Raidillon’ hasn’t done much for my nerves, either!”
“I know Martin Scheiff, who’ll be my instructor at the event, so I’ll be in safe hands, but that doesn’t make it any less daunting. Having said that, I’m really looking forward to it and I can’t wait to get out there and give it a go at the wheel of a full on GT4 car.”
Gosselies, Belgium – 11 June 2013: Scott Redding heads into this weekend’s Grand Prix de Catalunya with a commanding 43 point lead in the FIM Moto2 World Championship standings, after back-to-back wins in Le Mans and Mugello.
The 20-year-old Briton could make it a hat-trick of wins in Barcelona, but he’ll face tough opposition from the Spanish trio of Nico Terol, Tito Rabat and Pol Espargaro, who will be desperate to win in front of their home crowd and to reduce Redding’s massive lead in the championship.
But it may not be only Redding that the Spanish Armada has to keep an eye on this weekend. Mika Kallio currently lies third in the championship – level on points with Terol in second – but the 30-year-old Finn heads to Barcelona with his sights set firmly on giving the Marc VDS Racing Team a one-two at the top of the standings on Sunday.
Livio Loi endured a difficult weekend last time out in Mugello, with set-up issues hampering his progress throughout practice, qualifying and the race, which ended with a 25th place finish. The 16-year-old Belgian made progress with the bike during a test at the Italian circuit on the Tuesday after the race and, as a result, heads to Catalonia with his confidence restored.
Scott Redding #45:
“We head to into this weekend knowing that this race is going to be a bit different. We’re back in Spain, so it’s another home Grand Prix for Terol, Rabat and Espargaro, which means they’ll have the crowd behind them and they’ll be strong. On the other hand, I head to Barcelona with a big points lead in the championship and I’m determined to leave with it intact. To do that I need to ride a smart race, stay out of trouble and pick up as many points as I can this weekend.”
Mika Kallio #36:
“Despite finishing fifth in Mugello, my feeling with the bike just wasn’t there and I need to get that feeling back if we’re going to challenge for the podium in Barcelona. The priority is to be closer to the front from first practice onwards, because we know the three riders closest to me in the championship will be pushing hard and will be prepared to take bigger risks with their home crowd behind them. I’m still pushing for my first win in Moto2, and I’ve had some good results at Catalunya in the past, but if I finish on the podium this weekend then I’ll be happy enough with that.”
Livio Loi #11:
“While Mugello was a difficult weekend for me, we made a big step during the test at the track on Tuesday and my feeling with the bike was much better. Now we return to the Montmeló circuit, where I raced the opening Spanish Championship round earlier in the season. The bike worked well and my lap times were good there, so I’m confident that a finish in the points is a realistic goal this weekend.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“This is the second of four home rounds this season for the likes of Nico Terol, Tito Rabat and Pol Espargaro, so we already know they’re going to be strong with the backing of their home crowd. But we will continue to do what we’ve been doing; focussing on our own race with Scott and Mika, which has served us well up to now. Livio had a difficult weekend in Mugello, but worked hard at the post race test to improve his feeling with the bike, with positive results. I’m confident this weekend in Catalonia we’ll see him back in the points where he belongs.”
Mugello, Italy – 2 June 2013: Scott Redding gave the Moto2 field a master class in controlling a race from the front today, as he stormed to his second successive win in as many weeks at Mugello. Mika Kallio ended a difficult weekend on a high by taking a hard fought fifth place finish after starting from 13th position on the grid.
Redding, starting from pole position for the second time this season, looked to be in control from the off, shadowing Takaaki Nakagami until the Japanese rider started to slow and then making his move to take the race lead.
Nico Terol managed to draft his way past on the start finish straight at mid-race distance but, after leading for just four laps, was relegated back to second place by a hard charging Redding, who then pulled out a gap that he maintained to the chequered flag.
Redding’s successive victories at Le Mans and Mugello is the first time a British rider has had back-to-back wins in the intermediate class since Rod Gould in 1971. The Marc VDS rider is also now the youngest British rider to take back-to-back Grand Prix wins, a record previously held by the late, great Barry Sheene.
The Mugello win means Redding extends his lead at the top of the Moto2 Championship standings to 43 points over Nico Terol who, along with Frenchman Johann Zarco, joined the championship leader on the podium today.
Mika Kallio put the troubles of practice and qualifying behind him today, to finish an impressive fifth and consolidate his third position in the championship standings. The 30-year-old Finn started today from 13th on the grid, but a lightning start and a late braking move into turn one, saw him emerge in sixth position. Kallio led the second group for the remainder of the race, but lost out on fourth place to Pol Espargaro in the final few laps.
Livio Loi endured a difficult Moto3 race, as he struggled with the same issues that had plagued him during practice and qualifying. The 16-year-old Belgian eventually finished in 25th position and, after putting this weekend behind him, is already looking forward to rediscovering his form in Barcelona in two weeks time.
Redding, Kallio and Loi will remain at Mugello for testing, with Moto2 scheduled to take to the track on Monday and Moto3 on Tuesday.
Scott Redding #45: 1st
“What a weekend! It didn’t start well, as I just didn’t feel comfortable on the bike, but after consigning it to the skip on Saturday morning, the new bike felt much better. Qualifying on pole really boosted my confidence and once we got going I knew straight away that another win was a possibility. I slotted in behind Taka, pushing past when he started to slow and immediately pulled a gap. I’m not sure how Terol and Zarco caught me, but once Terol went in front I could see he wasn’t comfortable running the pace. I have no idea why he decided to let me through, but I wasn’t going to pass up a chance like that. I knew I could pull away, and that’s what I did.”
Mika Kallio #36: 5th
“I got a great start and managed to go up the inside into turn one, coming out in sixth position. I lost a couple of places over the next few laps and then Corsi dropped his pace by almost a second in front of me and, by the time I pushed my way through, he’d allowed the front four to get away. I knew it was better to push to stay at the front of the group, rather than dropping back and getting involved in the battle that I knew was going on behind me. When Pol came past towards the end I had a plan to retake fourth on the final lap, but he pulled just enough of a gap out of the Biondetti chicane to stop me out braking him into the final corner. I almost drafted him to the line, but he managed to just hold me off. Anyway, I’m happy with fifth after the problems we’ve had this weekend.”
Livio Loi #11: 25th
“This is a weekend I’ll be happy to put behind me. We had problems from the start of practice and we didn’t find a solution. In the race I again had to fight the bike into every turn, just to get it to follow a line, but the more I tried to force it into the corner the more the front tried to break away from me. Obviously I’m disappointed because I came here to Mugello looking for points, but we need to put this one down to experience and use Tuesday’s test here to make sure we’re ready for the next race in Barcelona.”
Marc van der Straten: President, Marc VDS Racing Team
“It was a pleasure to watch Scott take his second win in succession by controlling the race so effectively at the front. Even when he wasn’t leading you could see quite clearly he had everything in hand and, for me, the win was never in doubt. Mika also showed his fighting spirit, taking an impressive fifth place despite experiencing so many problems during practice and qualifying. I know Livio is disappointed with his result today, but it’s more experience for him and I’m confident we’ll see him back on form next time out in Barcelona. Finally, it made me very proud to see Michael Bartholemy walk onto the podium to collect the trophy for the winning team today. He has worked tirelessly to make the Marc VDS Racing Team one of the best in the Grand Prix paddock and it was satisfying for me personally to see him rewarded for his efforts today.”
Le Mans, France – 17 May 2013: Scott Redding wasted no time in stamping his authority on proceedings during the opening day at Le Mans, topping the timesheet in both free practice session to lay down a marker for his championship rivals.
Mika Kallio was a little disappointed to finish the day only 13th fastest, despite improving his lap time this afternoon, to close to within a second of his Marc VDS teammate. The 30-year-old Finn still lacks the all-important confidence in the front of his Kalex Moto23 machine, a situation he is confident will be rectified by set-up changes ahead of tomorrow morning’s third and final free practice session.
Jules Danilo, who is making his Moto3 Grand Prix debut as a wild card rider this weekend at Le Mans, ended the day 17th fastest overall. The French rider, who celebrates his 18th birthday tomorrow, is confident of making further improvements ahead of the all-important qualifying session.
After struggling to find confidence in the front tyre in the cold conditions of this morning’s free practice session, it was the rear that caused Livio Loi issues this afternoon. Pumping from the rear suspension under acceleration meant the 16-year-old Belgian was unable to push for a fast lap time and he ended the day 20th on the timesheet.
Scott Redding #45: 1st – 1’38.203
“I like the Le Mans circuit, so my confidence was high coming into this weekend, especially off the back of three good results at tracks that were either new or a little unkind to me in the past. I’m feeling good on the bike here; we’ve had a couple of small issues during practice, but nothing that we haven’t been able to sort out quickly. The lap times today came without really pushing hard, so I know there’s more to come in qualifying if I need it. But this is Le Mans, so who knows what the weather will throw at us tomorrow. It could be dry or it could be wet, either way I think we’re in a good way here with the bike and the set-up.”
Mika Kallio #36: 13th – 1’39.174
“We ran the set-up we tested at Almeria this morning, but it didn’t give me the feeling with the front end that I was looking for. It meant I didn’t have the confidence on corner entry and that lost me a lot of time. We made some improvements to the front for the second session, but there’s still something missing. The bike just doesn’t feel right when I trail the brake into the corners. We have a few ideas for tomorrow, but we need to sit down tonight and decide in which direction to go. I’m not so happy with 13th but with the problems we’ve had, to finish within a second of Scott’s time is not too bad.”
Jules Danilo #95: 17th – 1’46.157
“We had some problems with the bike this morning, but the team managed to get everything sorted for this afternoon’s second free practice session. I’m happy with how things have gone today, as I felt confident on the bike this afternoon and we managed to improve the lap time with every exit. We still have a few things we want to improve on the bike but, overall, it’s been a good opening day at my first ever Grand Prix.”
Livio Loi #11: 20th – 1’46.295
“The track temperature was very low this morning, so it was difficult to have confidence in the front tyre. Conditions had improved for FP2, but I had a real problem with the rear suspension pumping under acceleration. Even with a new rear tyre the bike was unsettled on the throttle and I was losing time out of every corner. We need to fix the problem tonight ready for tomorrow, as you can win a lot of time on a Moto3 bike by getting on the gas both hard and early on corner exit, which I couldn’t do today.”
Barcelona, Spain – 28 April 2013: The Marc VDS Racing Team’s Livio Loi overcame a qualifying crash and tricky conditions to secure a top ten finish in both of today’s CEV Moto3 races at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Fast in the dry conditions of Friday, Loi struggled to find a good set-up on his Kalex-KTM Moto3 machine when the rain arrived on Saturday. The Belgian, who celebrated his 16th birthday yesterday, crashed in the closing stages of the final qualifying session and had to start both Moto3 races from 21st position on the grid.
Despite persistent rain making conditions tricky and grip unpredictable, Loi managed to fight his way through the field to finish tenth in both of today’s 16-lap Moto3 races.
The Marc VDS rider will now head south, to the Jerez circuit in Andalucía, where he will make his debut in the Moto3 World Championship next weekend.
Livio Loi Race 1 – 10th : Race 2 – 10th
“The opening day was the only dry track time we had and I was happy with my lap times, which I was able to improve with every exit. It was wet for qualifying and we struggled to find a good wet set-up on the bike for this track. It was very different to Jerez, where I was able to run in the top five in the wet. Here the front and rear were sliding everywhere, not just on the gas or on the brakes, and I had a fast crash at the end of the long straight as a result. We hadn’t solved the problem for the first race, so tenth was the best I could do in the conditions. We made some changes for the second race, but the feeling with the bike still wasn’t there and I ended up tenth again. At times it was like riding and ice speedway bike, but without the spikes! Now I’m looking forward to Jerez, where I’ll make my world championship debut next weekend.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“Livio makes his world championship debut next weekend in Jerez, so he was under orders not to take any risks in Barcelona. In the dry on Friday he quickly got to grips with the track and posted some impressive lap times. The rain arrived on Saturday and remained for today, with Livio struggling to find a set-up in the wet that gave him the confidence he needed to push harder. Despite this, and a crash in qualifying that left him in 21st position on the grid, he still managed two top ten finishes against stiff competition and in tricky conditions today. He’s learning all the time and this weekend was good preparation for his Grand Prix debut next weekend.”
Scott Redding is ready to race, after successfully completing the final preseason test of 2013 at Jerez today.
Scott was able to work through his planned test schedule at Jerez, despite rain interrupting proceedings on the first full day of testing.
Scott was happy enough his lap times in both wet and dry conditions to park his Kalex Moto2 machine on Wednesday evening and sit out today’s final track sessions. The 20-year-old Briton ended the test fifth fastest and just 0.7s from the top of the timesheet.
“For once the weather was kind to us and we got some dry miles done on the bike this week,” said Scott. “We’ve got a good direction with the set-up and we haven’t had to test as much here, which allowed me to focus on just riding and building confidence on the bike. The one rainy day here at Jerez was ideal to confirm our wet weather set-up. The fact that I was fastest in the wet also helps to build confidence. We know exactly where we’re at after this test and we know what we need to do at the first race, which is all I’m focussed on right now.”
The Marc VDS Racing Team will now crate up Scott’s bike and equipment for transport to the first Grand Prix of the 2013 season, which takes place at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar on Sunday 7th April.
Jerez, Spain – 21 March 2013: The Marc VDS Racing Team are ready to race, after successfully completing the final preseason test of 2013 at Jerez today.
All three of the team’s riders – Scott Redding, Mika Kallio and Livio Loi – were able to work through their planned test schedules, despite rain interrupting proceedings on the first full day of testing.
Redding was happy enough his lap times in both wet and dry conditions to park his Kalex Moto2 machine on Wednesday evening and sit out today’s final track sessions. The 20-year-old Briton ended the test fifth fastest and just 0.7s from the top of the timesheet.
Both Kallio and Loi continued testing into this morning, but the 30-year-old Finn was unable to better his time from the first day and finished 10th on combined times. Loi was also unable to improve his time today, after the wind picked up considerably for the Moto3 session, but finished the test 21st fastest and just one second off a top ten position.
The team will now crate up the bikes and equipment for transport to the first Grand Prix of the 2013 season, which takes place at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar on Sunday 7th April.
Scott Redding #45: 5th – 1’43.372
“For once the weather was kind to us and we got some dry miles done on the bike this week. We’ve got a good direction with the set-up and we haven’t had to test as much here, which allowed me to focus on just riding and building confidence on the bike. The one rainy day here at Jerez was ideal to confirm our wet weather set-up. The fact that I was fastest in the wet also helps to build confidence. We know exactly where we’re at after this test and we know what we need to do at the first race, which is all I’m focussed on right now.”
Mika Kallio #36: 10th – 1’43.774
“The one positive we can take from this test at Jerez is that we managed to confirm that we went the right way with the settings in Albacete. The chatter that we had last year, including here in Jerez, has all but gone, so that’s a big step forward. We were hoping to do more here, but I lost the front without warning at the fast turn 12 yesterday and went down hard. I was lucky to walk away uninjured, but it effectively ended the day for me as the bike was badly damaged. The lost track time meant we didn’t get to try everything we had planned, but we already know how we need to set up the bike for the first race, so it’s not such an issue. I could have done with more time on the bike just to build more confidence, but these things happen in racing and we just have to deal with it.”
Livio Loi #11: 21st – 1’48.568
“Overall I’m pretty happy with the test. We were fast once again in the wet and we made definite improvements in the dry. Of course, I’d like to be a little bit nearer to the top of the timesheet, but racing at this level is very new for me and I need to learn to walk before I can run. I could have gone faster, a 1’47 was definitely possible, but in these conditions the chance of a crash was just too high and the last thing I need is an injury before the season has even started. There is still some work to do on our set-up in the dry, but this will come with more laps on the bike. At the moment I’m relying very much on the team when it comes to settings, but this will change once I gain more experience on the bike. It will be tough to sit out the first two GP races, because all I want to do now is race!”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“Despite the best efforts of the weather this year, we’re ready to race. Both Scott and Livio showed impressive pace in the wet and Scott backed that up with fast and consistent lap times in the dry. We know where we are with him; where we are strong and where we need to improve. Mika has also made solid progress with a very different set-up on the bike than he’s used to. I’m confident that he’d have finished higher up the order if he hadn’t lost time to a crash yesterday. What can I say about Livio; he has already exceeded our expectations in the dry but when the weather turned wet he was straight into the top five on the timesheet. He will miss the first two races because of his age, but he’ll test and race in the national championships at Le Mans and Catalunya instead, so he knows the tracks when he returns later in the season for the Grand Prix.”
Scott Redding left this week’s weather-hit Jerez Moto2 test full of confidence after an impressive performance in wet and dry conditions.
The British rider was third quickest on the only dry day of the test and impressively fast inside the top six in wet conditions that dominated the first and opening day of the second pre-season test session.
The Marc VDS Racing rider, who is hotly fancied to mount a serious title challenge in 2013, told MCN: “It has been good to have some wet track time as well because sometimes last year I had an issue riding in the rain.
“Last year in the rain it felt like I had no grip at some tracks. It was more of a confidence thing in the early part of the race. If I could feel there was decent grip from the off I’d be comfortable and work with the bike and we have been working on improving that this week.
“We managed to test a few things to try and help with the rear grip and I’m pretty satisfied with the progress made. I always said the Valencia test was just about me settling back into it and then I wanted to get closer to the top at every test.
Albacete, Spain – 15 November 2012: The Marc VDS Racing Team brought their 2012 Moto2 campaign to a close as they today concluded the final test of the season at the Albacete circuit in Spain.
The two-day Albacete test was run in conjunction with engineers from Kalex, with the main focus being the further development of the Kalex Moto2 machine on which Scott Redding and Mika Kallio secured five podiums this season.
The test was also the first opportunity for Livio Loi to test the Kalex-KTM he will ride for the Marc VDS Racing Team in next year’s Moto3 World Championship. The 15-year-old Belgian, whose Moto3 experience has so far been limited to the European and Spanish Championships on a standard Honda, declared himself impressed with the Kalex-KTM after improving his lap times significantly over the two days.
While the Albacete test marks the end of the season for Redding and Kallio, who are both looking forward to the winter break, Loi will contest the final round of the CEV Spanish Championship at Valencia this weekend.
The Marc VDS Racing Team will return to the track for preseason testing in February, starting at Valencia, before moving on to Jerez for the final two IRTA organised tests.
Scott Redding #45:
“We were lucky with the weather here the last two days, it wasn’t perfect but at least we got some dry testing time. We managed to test quite a few things; some worked and some we’ll need to reassess during preseason testing next year, but it’s been a positive two days overall. I’m looking forward to the break now. It’s been a long season, capped off by a race weekend and then three days of testing, so the down time will be good. It will give me time to relax, do something other than race bikes, so I can come back fresh for next season. I say that, but by January I’m usually itching to get back on the bike again and can’t wait for the season to start!”
Mika Kallio #36:
“The test day we had at Valencia was quite positive. As soon as we got back our preferred tyre we were immediately quicker and then we managed to make some set-up changes that saw me go more than a second faster than during the race weekend. It’s been interesting working with my new crew chief, Naoya Kaneko. He has a lot of experience and some good ideas and, already, we’ve found a good way of working together. Here at Albacete we started with the same settings on the bike, but this is a completely different kind of track with a lot of bumps everywhere, so first we had to adapt the bike to suit the track. Today was better, with good pace during the longer runs we did, but it was difficult to make that next step just for a few quicker laps. But, overall, the three days have been positive and I’m looking forward to improving things further when we come back to Spain to test next year.”
Livio Loi #11:
“From the first lap I felt really good on the Kalex-KTM bike, both in the dry yesterday and in the wet this morning. It’s very different from the bikes I’ve ridden previously, even the Honda Moto3 machine I raced in both the European and Spanish championships this year, so it took some getting used to. I’m happy enough with progress here at Albacete, as I managed to improve my time on every lap in both the wet and the dry. Now we head to Valencia for the final Spanish championship round. I always go full gas and it will be no different at Valencia, but now we have the Kalex-KTM I’m hoping we can run in the top five this weekend.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“It’s been a long season, but Scott and Mika managed to complete a lot of work at Valencia and here at Albacete, despite the changeable weather conditions. With the bike we have a good direction for next season, which is always good to know going into the long winter break. Everyone in the team has worked hard this year, as always, so now we need to recharge the batteries ready for next season. Only Livio will have to wait a little longer, as he will race the final CEV round at Valencia this weekend, where we’re hoping to see him running top ten on the Kalex-KTM he tested here at Albacete.”