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Could Marc VDS have found Sam Lowes' Moto2 successor?

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After the announcement that Sam Lowes will be heading to WorldSBK with Marc VDS could the Belgian squad have found Lowes' successor for the 2024 season.

Just before the Italian round of the WorldSBK season last weekend it was revealed that Sam Lowes will jump from the MotoGP paddock across to the WorldSBK paddock. However, the British rider announced he will be riding for Marc VDS squad, who will follow him to WorldSBK.

It has also been announced that the Marc VDS squad will continue to race in Moto2 in 2024 despite expanding to WorldSBK. But with Lowes switching paddocks a new rider would be needed for the Moto2 team.


So, could one of the breakout stars of the 2023 Moto2 season be lined up to take the now vacant Marc VDS Racing Team ride for next season?

Filip Salač, who is sixth in the Moto2 Championship, took to Instagram yesterday to announce he will be leaving the Gresini Racing squad at the end of the 2023 season.

After his announcement there have been suggestions that the Czech rider will move to one of the top Moto2 teams, which could include Marc VDS.

"I would like to thank Gresini Racing for all the results and experiences we have had so far," Salač said on his personal Instagram account. "But I will be leaving the team at the end of 2023. My manager J. Šťovíček and I thought a lot and decided that it’s time for a change.

"Last year I was a rookie here and it was an up and down season, but at the same time we managed to stand on the podium in the first year and get a lot of good results.

"This year I took a big step forward, I managed to get the first pole position, another podium and I’m able to fight for the top positions every race.

"Till the end of the season, I have the same goals to reach the top 10 and collect as many points and experience as possible. Thanks to all partners who help me in my journey."

Salač is currently in his second year in Moto2 and has been running towards the front throughout the 2023 season. The 21-year-old has shown that he has the talent to be a top Moto2 rider, so the idea that he will take the Marc VDS ride that is now open is not crazy at all.

With the timing of the two announcements of Lowes moving to WorldSBK and Salač leaving the Gresini Racing squad at the end of the season, could this mean the Czech rider and Belgian squad will join forces in 2024?

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