Belgian Motorsport team Marc VDS have announced an expansion of their current bike squad, remaining in Moto2 with retained riders Scott Redding and Mika Kallio but now after receiving confirmation in Sepang that they have been allocated a grid slot they will also race in Moto3, with Belgian youngster Livio Loi.
It is not the first time Marc VDS have considered expansion, with a mooted, expensive move into the MotoGP class having been speculated, and tested for over the past couple of seasons. Redding was at one point thought to be making the move up with the team before being linked to a move to the Ducati Junior team which disappeared after a test ride.
Loi joins the team for the 2013 Moto3 Championship, having had their application for a grid slot confirmed in Malaysia but will not race until Jerez as he does not turn 16 until his birthday on the 26th April, although he will be allowed to pre-test as with Eric Granado who was in the same situation this year.
The teenager, from Helchteren in the Flemish part of Belgium, impressed in the Red Bull Rookies Cup this year, taking a race win and two podium finishes in his debut season, in a series that has become a breeding ground for future Grand Prix stars.