Moto2: Arbolino Staying With Elf Marc VDS Racing In 2024
Tony Arbolino signs new Elf Marc VDS Racing Team deal for 2024
The Elf Marc VDS Racing Team is delighted to announce that Tony Arbolino has agreed a contract extension to remain with the squad in the 2024 Moto2 World Championship.
Arbolino joined the Elf Marc VDS Racing Team last season and he’s quickly emerged as a main contender for Moto2 World Championship success, with two wins in Argentina and France and four other podium finishes placing him second in the current standings.
Arbolino has won five times in the iconic Elf Marc VDS Racing livery and the Italian has established himself as one of the most exciting and highly rated young talents competing in the World Championship.
The 23-year-old will partner Filip Salac in an exciting new line-up for Marc van der Straten’s squad next season.
Tony Arbolino (left) and Marc van der Straten (right). Photo courtesy Marc VDS Racing Team.
“I think the best is still to come”
“It is a fantastic feeling to know I am staying with the Elf Marc VDS Racing Team in 2024. I have felt amazing in this great team from day one, and I am proud of what we have already achieved together and excited for the challenges ahead. It wasn’t a difficult decision for me because this project and the people involved have helped me develop as a rider and a person, and I think the best is still to come. The people in this team are fantastic and I’m really looking forward to working with them again next year. I’d also like to thank Marc van der Straten. He has always believed in me and given me all his support, which I am very grateful for.”
Marc van der Straten
“Tony has made the right choice to stay with us in Moto2 for another year”
“I am personally thrilled to have Tony staying with the Elf Marc VDS Racing family in 2024. He completely deserves this new contract because he proves his talent at every Grand Prix. I am convinced that we can give Tony what he needs to fulfill his goals but also provide the best platform before he takes the next step in his career. In my opinion, Tony has made the right choice to stay with us in Moto2 for another year. We’re going to prepare him in the best possible way for when he inevitably moves to MotoGP in the future. When he does make that step, he’ll do it in the best way and on the best bike, one with the quality that matches his talent. It would have bothered me if he had repeated the situation experienced with Alex Márquez at the end of 2019 when he left, perhaps too early, for MotoGP. If he can be World Champion this year, I’m sure he has the drive and determination to do it a second time. He’s a wonderful person in every way and I’m very happy that he’s staying.”