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Elf Marc VDS Racing Team ready to kick off 2022 Moto2 challenge

Sam Lowes and Tony Arbolino will race in the famous Marc VDS livery in 2022 in a season in which renowned lubricant brand Elf will once again accompany the Belgian squad in the fight for the Moto2 World Championship.

After an intense pre-season, the Elf Marc VDS Racing Team is motivated and ready to face its thirteenth consecutive season in the intermediate category World Championship.

Experienced British rider Sam Lowes and young Italian Tony Arbolino are the two riders Marc van der Straten has placed his trust in to help the squad compete for a fourth Moto2 title.

After a successful first season with Elf as title sponsor in 2021, the French lubricant brand will continue an alliance that first began in the inaugural Moto2 World Championship in 2010.

Elf and the Marc VDS Racing Team are both united in their quest for excellence both on and off the track and the continuation of their relationship for 2022 further strengthens the historic partnership between the pair.

The Italian rider arrives at the Elf Marc VDS Racing Team for his second season in Moto2 and his key focus is to fight alongside the top riders in the ultra-competitive class.
Arbolino’s squad is led by crew chief Lucio Nicastro, with Miguel Angel Arias a close season acquisition as data engineer. Guillem Carrillo and Stephan Haseneder will be his mechanics.

"My goal once again is to fight for the World Championship"

“I’m really happy to be back for another season with this fantastic team. I feel great with my crew and I’ve felt at home here since day one. The target last year was to fight for the World Championship and some things didn’t go our way. We gained a lot of experience and understand where we can be stronger in 2022. I need to be more consistent over the whole season because last year we started off strongly but lost some momentum before I came back strong at the end. Putting my best form together for a longer period is something I’m definitely concentrating on. My goal once again is to fight for the World Championship and when you ride for the Elf Marc VDS Racing Team that has to be something you strive for. It hasn’t been an easy pre-season with some issues with my left wrist but I believe in my potential and that of the team and remain confident we can have a very successful season together. It’s 2022, so let’s hope it’s the year of number 22!”.