Steven Odendaal cannot appear at the start of the first three races due to a foot injury. He is replaced by the Swiss Jesko Raffin. Later in the season it will become apparent that the South African has suffered too much a backlog due to his injury. He is replaced by Simone Corsi, Jesko Raffin and Tommaso Marcon. It is a noisy season for NTS RW Racing GP, with a number of personnel shifts and somewhat disappointing results.
NTS RW Racing GP starts the season with riders Bo Bendsneyder and Steven Odendaal. The NTS frame is powered by the new Triumph engine.
It takes some doing and a crowdfunding campaign has to be set up, but in September 2018 RW Racing GP once again can announce a Dutch rider in the team: Bo Bendsneyder. The only Dutch rider in the GPs will race in 2019 for the only Dutch team in the GPs. Steven Odendaal will also stay with NTS RW Racing GP in 2019.
For the first time in years, RW Racing GP has two riders again: South African Steven Odendaal and American Joe Roberts. Neither of them is very experienced at Grand Prix level but both are eager to learn, and well before the season is halfway, they have both achieved the first points scoring. It is a learning year for everyone, both for the riders and the team, because with the new machine they have to reinvent the wheel on every circuit. However, great progress is being made during the season. The NTS proves to be particularly strong in the rain. In Austria, for example, Odendaal and Roberts dominate the training.
A new era begins for RW Racing GP. The team enters into a partnership with the Japanese company NTS. The metal manufacturer specializes in prototypes and precision work for aerospace, medical and maritime industries, but also for auto and motor sports. “As RW Racing GP we have never been afraid of challenges and risks,” says team manager Jarno Janssen. “And now again we will not shy away from it. It is a huge challenge to work with a completely new motorcycle and also young, not so experienced riders at this level. All is new, it is a jump into the deep.”
For the 2017 season, RW Racing GP decides to switch to the Moto2 class, with Spanish rider Axel Pons. “We were faced with the choice: with a lesser bike in the Moto3 or with a good bike to the Moto2, which was not so difficult”, says team manager Jarno Janssen. “Moving up to Moto2 has been on our wish list. As we have been a springboard and safety net for talented riders in the Moto3, we also want to be in the Moto2.”
With the Spanish rider Axel Pons on board, RW Racing GP retains the infrastructure and a place in the Grand Prix and thus the possibilities for a Dutch rider in the future.
Also in 2016 the combination RW Racing GP – Honda – Loi remains active in the Moto3, with again some excellent results – including a podium in Qatar – but also a number of disappointments.
For the 2015 season, RW Racing GP leaves Kalex KTM for Honda. The rider is the Belgian Livio Loi. In Indianapolis he wins in rainy conditions, also thanks to a gamble with the tires. Loi also achieves a number of other promising results.
The Spanish Ana Carrasco is the second rider in the team in 2014. At the Dutch TT, RW Racing GP stunts by posting a gridboy next to the girl. Because she can not fulfill her financial obligations, the roads of Carrasco and RW Racing GP separate before the end of the season. In 2018, Carrasco becomes the first female world champion in road racing, in the SuperSport 300 class, where Scott Deroue is her teammate again.
With Scott Deroue, RW Racing GP in 2014 gives another young Dutch talent a chance. The 18-year old Deroue makes his debut in the Moto3 after three seasons in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, in which he finishes second in 2012 and celebrates four victories. At Grand Prix level, however, he does not manage to score points.
One of the goals of Roelof Waninge has always been to give Dutch talent a chance. In 2013 the time has come for Jasper Iwema to race in the colors of RW Racing GP. His team-mate is the Czech talent Jakub Kornfeil, who is in the top 10 for much of the season. Jarno Janssen takes over from Johan Stigefelt as team manager.
Luis Salom celebrates great successes in 2012. He achieves eight podium places, including two victories (Indianapolis and Aragon). When the apple of his eye wins his first, Roelof Waninge is sick at home for the TV. In Aragon however he stands on the podium. Salom ends the championship in second place.
After nearly three years (Salom drove part of the 2010 season at Team Molenaar) of intensive cooperation Salom at the end of the season moves to the factory team of KTM. There he wins seven races, but in the last race of the season the world title slips through his fingers. In 2016 Luis Salom dies in a crash on the Barcelona circuit, only 24 years old.
With a Kalex KTM in the new Moto3 class and with Johan Stigefelt as the new team manager, RW Racing GP expands with a second rider: South African Brad Binder. Fourth place in Valencia is Binders best performance that year. In the 2016 season Binder becomes world champion in the Moto3 class.
With two podium places (Dutch TT Assen and GP Australia) and an eighth place in the final classification of the 125cc world championship, Luis Salom immediately makes a success of the debut year of RW Racing GP.
Roelof Waninge has been a race fan for years and – with his company Sent Waninge – as a sponsor involved. When due to financial problems the then Team Molenaar has to withdraw from the 125cc in January 2011, Waninge takes over. RW Racing GP contracts the talented Spaniard Luis Salom, who was with the Molenaar Team in 2010 already, as the single rider for 2011.