MV Agusta Forward Racing will enter a third bike for Tommaso Marcon at 'some' European races in the 2021 Moto2 World Championship.

The team then intends to promote the 22-year-old Italian to a full campaign in 2022.

After starting his career in the Italian Moto3 Championship with the junior teams of Gresini and SIC58, Marcon was a frontrunner in the 2018 and 2019 European Moto2 Championship. He also made two appearances in the world championship, for Speed Up and then NTS, finishing 27th at Valencia 2019.

Marcon then raced for Tech3 in MotoE last season, claiming a best result of fifth place (twice) but being left 16th in the standings after DNFs in three of the seven rounds.

"I am very happy to have the Tommaso in the family and I am sure that the MV Agusta Forward Racing Team will be the right environment for him," said team principal Giovanni Cuzari.

"Tommaso comes from a team that I respect a lot [Tech3] and I am sure we will do a great job together. Our intention is to prepare the young rider for next season, as an Official rider for the whole Championship in 2022. Welcome Tommy!"

"I'm very happy to join the MV Agusta Forward Racing family," Marcon said. "This year I'll have the opportunity to compete with the best in the world, even if only for a few races, and it's an incredible opportunity for me to do even more and better.

"I have always dreamed of being a rider and I want this challenge to be the start of a great adventure. I can't wait to test the bike on track after this long winter. Talking to the guys in the team I know they will do their best to put me in the best possible condition.

"I know I will have a lot to learn and I feel ready both physically and mentally to train, improve and to be fast. Thanks for the opportunity to all the guys and to Giovanni."

While wild-card appearances are due to be allowed in all three grand prix classes again this season, some believe it still depends on whether MotoGP will increase the number of people allowed into the 'closed paddock' should Covid restrictions remain in place.

Stefan Manzi put MV Agusta on pole position at Valencia last season, before leaving to join the Pons team in 2021. The returning Lorenzo Baldassarri will take Manzi's place alongside Simone Corsi this season.



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