FORWARD RACING TEAM

The history of the Team began in 2009 when Kawasaki decided to withdraw from the World Championship. MEDIA ACTION, a communication and marketing agency who was already operating in the MotoGP paddock, sees its opportunity to start a new adventure. Having already in place the infrastructure and manpower that was once Kawasaki, and being as they were already established deep within the motorcycle racing sphere, they ventured into this new adventure, embracing the new Moto2 philosophy of making the racing in the context of a more sustainable economy.

Giovanni Cuzari, CEO of MEDIA ACTION, guided by his passion for this sport, decides to develop a new project based on the experience of all team members, in the form of FORWARD RACING TEAM in the new Moto2 category.

In 2010 the FORWARD RACING TEAM immediately shows its potential with a podium finish in the first race in Qatar, followed by pole, podiums and a win during the season, with Jules Cluzel and Claudio Corti as riders. All this enhances the initial idea of Giovanni and his team, in which through MEDIA ACTION the racing team would have both economic and professional resources at their disposal in order to maintain high standards of performance.

2011 proves to be a very trying season, surrounded by a series of complications that the Team overcomes brilliantly and manages to turn a difficult year into a year of consolidation. In 2011 a large and prestigious Italian company, NGM Mobile, becomes the main sponsor for FORWARD RACING, officially giving birth to NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team. Sharing common goals, both companies agree to a sponsorship plan signed on a multi-annual basis.

In 2012 NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team sees into the future by entering into the MotoGP class with Colin Edwards in the first year of the CRT bikes, as well as continuing its Moto2 venture with Alex De Angelis and Yuki Takahashi. In the MotoGP category the team will always be remembered as the first team to get both the pole position and win at the first Grand Prix in CRT history. In Moto2 a third place at Sachsenring and a spectacular win at the Sepang GP show the constant evolution of the team driven by experience, competitiveness, cooperation, motivation, ambition, energy and passion that have been and will continue to be the driving values of the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team.

In 2013 the team literally doubled its number of riders and bikes on both the MotoGP and Moto2 grids. In MotoGP Texan Colin Edwards (2 times Superbike World Champion) was joined by Italian Claudio Corti. Alex De Angelis teamed up with Spaniard Ricky Cardus and fellow Italian Simone Corsi and Mattia Pasini.

The 2014 season started with a new challenge and a stronger riders line up. NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team renewed its commitment to world-class motorcycle racing entering in the new Open Category in the 2014 MotoGP World Championship with the experienced Colin Edwards and the talented Aleix Espargaro, the overall CRT winner for two consecutive years. Alongside the MotoGP Team, the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team confirmed the Italian duo Simone Corsi and Mattia Pasini in the Moto2 class. Aleix Espargaro and the team finished the season winning the Open Class World Championship collecting one podium in Aragon and one pole position in Assen.

The line up for 2015 was completely renewed with the new duo composed by Stefan Bradl and Loris Baz in MotoGP riding the Forward Yamaha and Simone Corsi and Lorenzo Baldassarri in Moto2 with Kalex bike. The season ended on a high note as Loris Baz was able to come second in the Open Standings while Lorenzo Baldassarri got podium and ended up the season as the top-scoring Italian rider.

In 2016 the team focused on Moto2 with a full VR46 Academy lineup consisting of Lorenzo Baldassarri and Luca Marini, who just graduated from CEV championship. With a first win at the team’s home round in Misano Baldassarri finished off the season in eight position overall, while Marini delivered some Top10 results during his first campaign at world championship level. 


CONTACT

Giovanni Cuzari - Chairman - gcuzari@forward-racing.com

Milena Koerner - Chief Operating Officer - mkoerner@forward-racing.com

Martina Cuzari - Administration on Public Relations - mcuzari@forward-racing.com

Veronica Del Sole - Team Officer - vdelsole@forward-racing.com 

Maria Pohlmann - Press Officer - mpohlmann@forward-racing.com 

Giorgio Ampolo - Operation Manager - gampolo@forward-racing.com