It has been announced today, during the Grand Prix of Aragon, that the 2016 Moto2 European Champion Steven Odendaal and his current team in the European Moto2 Championship, NTS, will be lining up on the Moto2 World Championship grid in 2018, wearing the colours of a Dutch team, RW Racing GP.
The NTS chassis, which has been developed from the scratch by NTS Japan, a precision metal processing and high-end proto-typing specialist, in collaboration with an engineering specialist Geo Technology, headquartered in Switzerland, will become a brand new manufacturer to appear on the Moto2 World Championship entry list next year alongside Kalex, Speed Up, Suter and KTM. This brand-new project and a 3-year collaboration between RW Racing and NTS promises an exiting year ahead for the two-rider line-up consisting of Steven Odendaal (South Africa) and Joe Roberts (USA).
A busy day for the young South African, who is competing this weekend as a wild card at Motorland Aragon with NTS and who has been, today, crowned the 2017 national South African Super600cc Champion, despite missing two rounds (including the last one this weekend) this season due to his international commitments.
Steven had a great start to his weekend in Aragon, finishing in 10th position in the first free practice on Friday, despite tricky conditions, and in 12th position in the second free practice. The now three-times South African Champion managed to have a solid qualifying session on Saturday, despite some difficulties that did not allow him to repeat his Friday’s performance. He will start the race on Sunday from 23rd on the grid.
Steven Odendaal: “I am very happy to announce my plans for next year today. And I am very grateful for this opportunity to represent NTS and Geo Technology in the World Championship and also to collaborate with RW Racing. I think, together, we will bring a great package to show what NTS is capable of on the world stage. I would like to thank everyone who has been behind me, supporting me on and off track and everyone who has made this project possible. This weekend NTS and I are taking part in the Moto2 race at Aragon to “test out” what lies ahead of us next year! We had a really strong start on Friday and I was really happy and confident with the bike. Unfortunately Saturday proved to be a bit more complicated for us, but we are now on the right path again to make some changes for Sunday’s race and I think we can be competitive. I look forward to tomorrow’s race and everything that lies ahead.”