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Mir to Moto2™ with EG 0,0 Marc VDS in 2018

Mallorcan Moto3™ rider signs three-year deal with the current Moto2™ World Championship leaders

Joan Mir will move up to the intermediate class next year to join the EG 0,0 Marc VDS outfit in Moto2™, it has been announced at the Catalan GP. The current Championship leader in Moto3™ has signed a three-year deal with the team, who are also currently the Championship leaders in Moto2™.

Rookie of the Year in the lightweight class upon his debut and a title force to be reckoned with so far in his sophomore year, Mir’s explosive arrival onto the World Championship stage has provided the perfect foundations for a move up to the intermediate class next season.

Michael Bartholemy, Team Principal: "We've had our eye on Joan for quite some time, first in CEV and then in Moto3 when he made his debut in the World Championship. We saw right at the start of last year that he had the talent, drive and determination to be a championship contender and he's proved us right this season. I am looking forward to welcoming him into the team and I am confident that the combination of his talent and our technical staff will ensure a smooth and rapid transition from Moto3 championship contender to Moto2 frontrunner."

Marc van der Straten, President - Marc VDS Racing Team: "I am happy that we have secured a rider of Joan Mir's calibre for the future and I am proud that he chose us as the team with which to make his step up to the intermediate class. We are a results driven team and our track record shows that, but we are also a racing family and we value certain personal qualities as highly as we value performance. Having spoken with Joan this weekend, I am certain that we've made the right choice on all levels and I am looking forward to welcoming him to the Marc VDS family next season."