15/11/17 Valencia (Spain)
It’s a pleasure for Reale Avintia Racing Team to announce its comeback to the Moto3 class in 2018 with Stylobike and Livio Loi. The Belgian rider will be the sole rider of the team, riding a KTM RC250R, and he is confident to be fighting for top results from the first race of the season in Qatar. Team Stylobike owner, Valeriano Rodríguez and Esponsorama CEO, Raúl Romero, joined forces to make this project possible and both are excited and confident of achieving great success.
The 20-year-old rider has plenty of experience in the Moto3 World Championship. He made his World Championship debut back in 2013 and two years later he took his maiden victory at Indianapolis. He achieved several top ten finishes during this season and celebrated a fantastic second place in Phillip Island last month. Backed with the huge experience of Reale Avintia Racing and Stylobike, Loi wants to make another step forward in 2018, with the aim to fight at the top in every race.
At Valencia, the team also signed a contract with 13-year-old Barry Baltus, who will be riding for Reale Avintia Academy team in the Moto3 FIM CEV next season. Barry is another Belgian rider supported by Zelos Management. He expects to learn and improve a lot next year and to get ready for the future.
“First, I would like to thank Reale Avintia Racing Stylobike and my management team in Zelos, because they have made a great effort and worked hard to push ahead with this project. Joining such a strong team with so much experience in MotoGP gives me confidence to do a great job next year in Moto3. Reale Avintia, Stylobike, KTM and Zelos are a great combination and I hope to be fighting at the top in the championship”.
“We had a good oportunity to come back to Moto3 class with Valeriano Rodríguez and Stylobike, so we took joined forces to run this project together. After signing up Xavi Siméon for our team in MotoGP and following several meetings with Freddy Tacheny, we decided to bet on Belgian motorcycling and work together with Zelos to help Belgian motorcycling grow. Livio Loi has been in the Moto3 World Championship for several years and I’m sure that next season will be his confirmation as one of the top riders. Barry Baltus has a great future, he is very young and in our academy at the FIM CEV, he will be able to learn and grow as a rider.”
“As Raul said, Team Stylobike will start a new chapter for 2018 season with a great team as Reale Avintia Racing. We join forces and all our experience to run this new project with Livio Loi in the Moto3 class. To be honest, I think that this is a very good project and I’m sure that with the knowhow of both structures we will be able to fight at the top in Moto3.”
“I’m very happy to be part of Reale Avintia Racing because it is a very professional team. We sealed the deal with Xavier Siméon in MotoGP some time ago and I believe that the collaboration between Reale Avintia and Zelos will be very fruitful. Livio has shown in the last part of the year that he has a lot of potential and I’m sure that with KTM and the Reale Avintia Racing Stylobike, he has a great opportunity to be in top championship positions next season.”