The Forward racing team launched their 2015 MotoGP and Moto3 campaigns on Monday, and issued the following press release after the occasion:
Athinà Eyewear with Forward Racing in MotoGP and Moto2
The Gattopardo café hosted yesterday night in Milan the presentation of Athinà Forward Racing Team that will compete in the MotoGP and Moto2 World Championships this year.
Athinà Eyewear, a young Swiss startup owned by AF Invest Group will participate in MotoGP alongside Forward Racing with ambitious goals: winning the title in the MotoGP Open category in and fight with the top team in Moto2.
Stefan Bradl, former Moto2 world champion, and rookie Loris Baz will be riding the title-winning Yamaha Open bike. Simone Corsi, returning after last season injury, will be pairing-up in Moto2 with the young rider Lorenzo Baldassarri from VR46 Academy.
Giovanni Cuzari – Chairman Forward Racing
"I am proud and happy to present Athinà Eyewear which, together with AF Invest, will be the new title sponsor of our MotoGP and Moto2 team. Athinà Eyewear is a very ambitious Swiss start-up, which, together with AF Invest, has decided to give itself visibility through the World Championship with a very important project consisting in a three-year sponsorship. Along with Mr. Filippo and Mr. Adriano Cambria, Forward Racing begins today a new challenge after a year full of achievements and accomplishments. New challenges await us together with our new partners, but I cannot forget who allowed us to get there by supporting the Team during the last three years. I’m referring to Mr. Stefano Nesi of NGM Smartphone, thank you very much for the past support and trust and thank you for the backing that you are still providing us for the future. We shared our ambitions and together we have achieved important goals. We are and we will stay ambitious, in MotoGP our goal is to win the Open class title again with Stefan and Loris, while In Moto2 we are lining-up two Italian riders to compete with the world bests, convinced that with this working group we can aim even higher".
Stefan Bradl - 6
“I am very pleased to have joined the Forward family and I am excited about this new adventure. For me the goal is to achieve the Open title. The team is all new for me but I think I can adapt well to the bike, the last test in Malaysia have shown that we have a good pace and now we have to improve the flying lap time. I look forward to the start racing again in Qatar”.
Loris Baz - 76
“Considering that I come from the Superbike I must say that the first impact with the MotoGP was positive, at first it was a little hard to find the position on the bike but I have been training a lot to prepare for this new challenge. I cannot wait to reach Qatar and to go back on the track for the first race and fight with the world top riders. A big thank you to the team for giving me this wonderful opportunity”.
Simone Corsi - 3
“Some months have passed after the accident at Silverstone I am now getting better and better. I have to say the feeling on the bike after the last test in Jerez was pretty good. I am finally back in shape for the new season and ready to resume where I left. The 2014 season seemed to be promising so, for 2015, the target is to go back on top. I am glad that I will be on track again in Qatar; it has been a long wait”.
Lorenzo Baldassarri - 7
“I immediately felt at ease in the team. I will be teaming-up with Simone and I think I can learn a lot from an experienced rider like him. It is the beginning of a great new adventure together with the Forward and I am sure I will be able to grow up a lot this season”.