MVDS Racing team

MVDS Racing team

Alex Marquez

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Alex Marquez

Date of birth: 23 April 1996
Place of birth: Cervera, Spain

Like his older brother Mark, Alex Marquez started his career in the Catalan championships. In 2010, he joined the Monlau Competicion team to debut in the Spanish 125 cc championship. Five days too young to take part in the first race, he finished eleventh in the second race in Albacete. A position he would also hold in the standings at the end of the season. In 2011 the 125 cc class was replaced by the Moto3 class. Regularly in the frontrunners, Marquez finished the season as vice-champion. In 2012, he won the title in Spain and took part in a series of Grand Prix with wild cards. In 2013, he entered the Moto3 World Championship full-time with KTM. Coached by Emilio Alzamora, he landed his first success at the end of the year in Japan and finished fourth in the championship.

For the next season, the Monlau team swapped its KTMs for Hondas. The start of the season was a little complicated, but Alex was getting better with each race. With ten podiums including three victories, he won the title during the last race in Valencia against Australia's Jack Miller. In 2015, Marquez moved up to Moto2 with the team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS where he met up again with his great friend Tito Rabat. Although he scored two promising fourth places at Brno and Silverstone, the former Moto3 world champion had to content himself at the end of the season with the fourteenth place in the championship. Backed by that experience, Marquez attacked the 2016 season racing all-out with his foot to the floor. Which unfortunately earned him a number of crashes and shock defeats. Finishing second at Aragon, however, he managed to make it to his first podium in September, on his home turf. Finishing thirteenth overall, he needs to be more consistent this season if he wants to become a candidate for the world title.

2016: 13th in the Moto2 World Championship
2015: 14th in the Moto2 World Championship
2014: Moto3 World Champion
2013: 4th in the Moto3 World Championship
2012: Moto3 Spanish Champion, 20th in the Moto3 world championship
2011: 2nd in the Spanish Moto3 Championship
2010: 11th in the Spanish 125 cc Championship

 

Franco Morbidelli

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Franco Morbidelli

Date of birth: 4 December 1994
Place of birth: Rome, Italy

Born in Rome but based in Tavullia, where Valentino Rossi also lives, Franco Morbidelli made his name in 2013 by winning the title of the FIM Superstock 600 Cup ahead of teammate Alessandro Nocco and Christian Gamarino. The talent of the 17-year-old kid was not lost on Fausto Gresini. The Italian team manager allowed him to ride in the last two races of the Moto2 World Championship after racing his first Grand Prix at Misano as a wild card.

In 2014, Morbidelli inherited a bike in the Iltatrans team in which Julian Simon also rode. Although it was his first time on most of the circuits, he managed to chalk up seventy-five points to finish his first Grand Prix season in eleventh place.

In 2015, starting to shine after making it to his first podium at Indianapolis, he unfortunately broke his leg during motocross training. The accident cut short his season but did not prevent him from winning a place in the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS who were looking for a successor to Tito Rabat. The Italian lived up to the trust placed in him. Making it to the podium eight times, Morbidelli finished the 2016 championship in fourth place. Enough to make him a serious contender for the world title this year.

2016: 4th in the Moto2 World Championship
2015: 10th in the Moto2 World Championship
2014: 11th in the Moto2 World Championship
2013: Winner of the FIM Superstock 600 Cup