In a star-studded event held in the Desert 5 Spot in Hollywood, Trackhouse Racing MotoGP unveiled its new colors to the racing world, the Aprilias of Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez sporting a striking stars and stripes design.
Trackhouse Entertainment Group owner Justin Marks announced, back in December 2023, that his organization will field a MotoGP World Championship team in 2024, a move expanding its reach across the global motorsports world and building on its success in the NASCAR series.
“This launch is an incredible moment,” Marks said. “It’s the combination of an incredible amount of work that everybody at Trackhouse, MotoGP and Aprilia have put together in a very short period of time to make a little bit of magic happen. That’s basically in the space of two or three months, we set up a MotoGP team, ready to compete and to be able to do something great on the racetrack. We’ve got a group of people that are all very, very talented and passionate about the season ahead of us. It’s also special, because we are an American team. We are a global brand, but an American company and to be able to celebrate the formation of this team and debut these incredible bikes in an iconic American city like Hollywood is truly a special, special thing. I look forward to the season.
“We don’t really know what to expect, I think as far as performance on the racetrack. All I know is that we’ve got great equipment with Aprilia, great people and very, very motivated, healthy and happy riders. Typically, that equals speed in this type of sport, so it’s going to be a big learning experience for me and Trackhouse Racing that is used to working in NASCAR, but we’ve got a group of people that are very experienced in MotoGP, two great riders, a bunch of great mechanics and incredible partners in Aprilia. So, I really think the sky is the limit for this team.”
The new organization sees the former RNF Aprilia’s personnel largely retained after a tumultuous off season, so for riders Oliveira and Fernandez, it’s business as usual.
“I’m obviously super happy to be in the US launching this American team in MotoGP. It’s a great pleasure to be a part of the Trackhouse family. I can’t wait to get started with the new season, new colors, exciting colors, very racy and competitive ones. I can’t wait to get on the new bike during the test in a few days and get the season started.”
“For me it’s really nice and it’s a great opportunity to show the American flag,” Fernandez said. “I think it’s great that America will have a MotoGP team, so for me it’s a huge pleasure to be here and show this flag. I really like the US and its people. The presentation was just amazing. To be here in Los Angeles is just a dream! I’m really happy and have a great feeling for this season.”
The first outing for the Trackhouse MotoGP Aprilia squad will be the opening test of the season at Sepang in Malaysia on February 6-8.
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