Forward Racing and MV Agusta have announced the end of their partnership in the Moto2 World Championship. The Italian-Swiss racing team has decided to discontinue the collaboration due to MV Agusta’s economic demands that are too high compared to just using the brand in racing.
The partnership between the two started in 2017 and has seen Forward Racing compete in the Moto2 class, using MV Agusta’s motorcycle engine. The team has achieved several notable results over the years, including a pole position at the 2020 Valencian Grand Prix with rider Simone Corsi, marking MV Agusta’s first pole since 1976.
Despite the split, Forward Racing is looking towards the future with optimism. The team is currently working on the development of the 2023 project with important ambitions and a great desire to return to success. The team is developing a 2023 project for riders Alex Escrig and Marcos Ramirez.
Alex Escrig had a successful season in the Moto2 JuniorGP championship in 2022, finishing third in the championship. He claimed two race wins and seven podiums throughout the year, riding for the Yamaha-sponsored team. Marcos Ramirez will continue with Forward Racing, starting his second season with the team. He finished 30th in his first season with the team, with a best finish of 12th place in America.
The Forward Racing Team
The Forward Racing team has a rich history in the MotoGP class, having entered the class from 2012 to 2015. The team entered the class with Colin Edwards and used a CRT bike, which had the aim of reducing costs in the sport. The organizers allowed the bikes to have extra fuel, engines, and softer tires to help even out the field.
In 2014, Forward Racing achieved its first podium in MotoGP at Aragon with Aleix Espargaro. They finished seventh in the teams’ standings and decided to leave the class at the end of 2015. The team’s decision to leave the class was in line with their strategy to focus on the Moto2 class, which is considered a stepping stone to the MotoGP class.
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The split between Forward Racing and MV Agusta is a significant development in the Moto2 class. MV Agusta is a renowned brand in the motorcycle racing world, and its partnership with Forward Racing has helped to promote the brand in the Moto2 class. Forward Racing, on the other hand, has benefitted from MV Agusta’s technical expertise and support.
Despite the end of the partnership, both parties are expected to continue to make their mark in the Moto2 class. MV Agusta is likely to continue to support other teams in the class, while Forward Racing will focus on developing its own project.
The team has a talented lineup of riders in Alex Escrig and Marcos Ramirez, and they are expected to be a force to be reckoned with in the 2023 season.
In a statement, the team said: “After 5 years of partnership in the Moto2 World Championship, the collaboration between Forward and the motorcycle brand MV Agusta is discontinued. Forward Team, after careful consideration, has decided to continue the development project, whose intellectual property is owned by the Italian-Swiss racing team, on its own.”
It is worth noting that MV Agusta, who have been dormant in the MotoGP scene for decades, by partnering with Forward Racing, has been able to return to the Moto2 world championship.
With this split, it is uncertain whether MV Agusta will continue to be present in Moto2, however, the brand has a rich history in motorcycle racing, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for them.