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Moto3: Livio Loi gets comeback chance at RW

Livio Loi will return for another shot at Moto3 after being handed the RW team's lone Honda, at the expense of Scott Deroue.
Belgian teenager Livio Loi will get a second chance in grand prix racing after being signed by RW Racing to steer its Honda Moto3 machine.

17-year old Loi is pleased that his continual training and riding have been rewarded with another opportunity in the championship:

“I'm delighted with this new chance, which I consider very special. I'm really honoured with the faith Honda and RW Racing GP are giving me. I'm looking forward to working with a team that speaks the same language... I wish it was February already!”

Loi replaces Scott Deroue who rode a Kalex KTM for the team last season and had been included with RW on the provisional 2015 Moto3 entry list.

Deroue had initially been partnered by Ana Carrasco before rumoured financial differences between rider and team saw her season end early. Both riders finished the year without scoring points.

RW team owner Roelof Waninge stated: “We are very happy with the faith Honda has given us, based on the good relation and results we have had in the past. The Honda definitely is the best bike at this moment in the Moto3 championship and we are honoured we are given the confidence to have one. Unfortunately this also meant we had to make decisions concerning a rider. We would like to thank Scott Deroue for his effort over the past two years. We keep an eye on him.”

Loi steps in having lost his Marc VDS ride after the Sachsenring round when relations between rider and team became strained, as Loi blamed his run of finishes out of the points on the Kalex KTM bike at his disposal.

This prompted the team to give him the KTM bike he had called for, before a further retirement ended his days at the team for good.

Loi's season got off to a promising start when he finished fourth in Argentina, a career best performance, but the last of only two points finishes for the youngster in 2014.

RW will be hoping the move to Honda and new rider can see them return to the competitive performances enjoyed in 2012, when Luis Salom took two wins at the team, finishing second overall in the championship standings.
by Lisa Lewis

Tagged as: Moto3 , Livio Loi

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November 17, 2014 2:09 PM

I always felt Livio didn't have much of a chance. If you look at some people's careers they get 2 or 3 years of under-performing and they still get signed again...Alexis Masbou is a prime example, from 2003 until 2012 he did literally nothing. Yet he still kept getting rides. Loi gets a season and a half before being replaced mid-season...

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