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Marc VDS Racing Team gear up for first Test

Marc VDS Racing Team gear up for first Test

The Moto2 outfit will make their on-track debut on February 17, during the first of three days of testing at the Montmeló circuit.

The Test at Catalunya in mid-February will be the first opportunity for Scott Redding and Vincent Lonbois to ride the Suter MMX machines which the Marc VDS Racing Team will use for the 2010 Moto2 World Championship this season, and which will be delivered to the team’s facility in Gosselies, Belgium this week.

The bikes have already been tested extensively as part of Swiss engineer Eskil Suter’s ongoing development process, but will be supplied to the Marc VDS Racing Team as a rolling chassis only.

“We looked long and hard at all the machinery options open to us, even travelling to the Valencia test to see the bikes early in their development process,” explained Team Manager, Michael Bartholemy. “It was a difficult choice, but I believe that the Suter MMX machine was the best option for the Marc VDS Racing Team.”

“I have dealt with Eskil Suter in the past and we already have a good working relationship. I also think that the Grand Prix engineering expertise Suter Racing gained working on projects with both Kawasaki and Ilmor in MotoGP has enabled them to design a bike that will be competitive from the start of this new Championship.”

Bartholemy continued: “We need to get the riders up to race speed as soon as possible during testing. In the absence of the engines specified in the technical regulations we decided to go with a full supersport-tuned (CBR600) engine for testing, as this will be fairly close in terms of power output and delivery characteristics to the engine that we will eventually race.”

While the bikes are under construction at the Marc VDS Racing Team's facility, Redding and Lonbois will be preparing for the Montmeló Test at the University of Brussels, where they will undergo full fitness assessments and plan individual training programmes for the season.

Moto2, 2010, Scott Redding

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