The time has also come for the Marc VDS team to unveil the colours of its new bikes for 2021. On the Belgian team’s Kalex bikes will be the experienced Sam Lowes and the promising Augusto Fernandez, who will have Italian Lucio Nicastro at his side as crew chief.
Lowes commented: “I’m very happy with the pre-season I’ve had. I’ve prepared well and I’m really looking forward to the start of the season. Last year I had a great season. Maybe it was the best of my career and this year I hope to take advantage of everything we learned, fine tune some details and compete again with the fastest riders. Working session by session, keeping calm and not pushing too much when it is not necessary are some of the lessons I learned in 2020. I’m sure that in 2021 they will be of great help to me. The World Championship will be tight because there are many riders who are at a high level, but I’m going to give everything to fight to win the Moto2 World Championship.”
“My main goal this year is to have fun on the bike again” declared Fernandez. “I’m convinced that this is the best way to get results and to be able to fight again at the front of the race on a regular basis. I have prepared well during the winter and I am very happy with the work we are doing with the team and my new crew chief to achieve this goal. I have a good feeling and even though it was hard, I learned a lot of things last year that I will try and improve in 2021. The first tests have gone well, so I’m really looking forward to Qatar and seeing how it will be when we start racing again. I think it will be a good year and I will really enjoy it.”
The last words were for team patron Marc van der Straten: “I can’t wait to start our twelfth season in the Moto2 World Championship. Although it will be a year marked again by the pandemic, we hope it will be less disruptive than 2020 and we can enjoy our great passion like always. I am very proud to have Sam Lowes and Augusto Fernandez representing our colours for the second consecutive season and to have Elf as an important partner. I am convinced that our two riders and the whole team will work hard and give everything on track to give us great moments and good results. As always, I would like to thank our partners for their invaluable support, as without them our adventure would not be the same.”