Simply earlier than the Dutch Grand Prix, the VR46 group, new to MotoGP subsequent season, confirmed that their two bikes will probably be Ducatis. The group based by Valentino Rossi spoke with many of the producers presently concerned within the class, equivalent to Suzuki, Aprilia and naturally Yamaha, a model to which the seven-time champion of the class stays linked as a rider of the Petronas group.
The selection of Rossi and the managers of VR46 lastly fell on the machines of Borgo Panigale to type a 100% Italian partnership: “We’re actually glad about it”, stated the veteran of the sphere, who may finish his profession as a MotoGP rider after the 2021 season. “It is an Italian bike, with Italian riders, and the group can also be in Italy, in Tavullia. It is good and we are able to take pleasure in it.”
“We mentioned with a number of totally different manufacturers, however in this type of negotiations, we focus on [toujours] with a number of groups “Rossi added. “You need to keep in mind the worth of the bike, the help [technique] and all the remainder. Ultimately, it was performed between Yamaha and Ducati and we opted for Ducati. We now have an excellent relationship with Paolo Ciabatti [directeur sportif de Ducati Corse], who labored on this challenge, but additionally with Gigi Dall’Igna [directeur général]. “
“They may put in an enormous effort subsequent 12 months with eight bikes. The machine is performing effectively. I feel that ultimately there will probably be extra groups to share. [les informations] at Ducati. The principle motive was to permit the Italian drivers to progress. “
As a result of if Prince Abdelaziz ben Abdallah Al Saoud, monetary help of VR46 in MotoGP, didn’t conceal his need to see Rossi accompany his half-brother Luca Marini in 2022, the challenge arrange with Ducati is certainly primarily meant to main the VR46 Riders Academy riders to MotoGP, which makes Marco Bezzecchi a favourite, and can permit the model to create a hyperlink with this program which has notably enabled Franco Morbidelli and Pecco Bagnaia to rise by means of the ranks.
“We’re very glad to trip a Ducati half because the bike could be very quick and since they at all times help our Riders Academy”, Rossi stated. “They’re very within the challenge and I feel it will likely be superb.”
The tip of the ties between Rossi and Yamaha?
The affiliation between Valentino Rossi and Ducati, whose colours he wore in MotoGP for 2 seasons in 2011 and 2012, may result in the tip of the one with Yamaha, particularly if he decides to finish his profession as a rider on two wheels. on the finish of the 12 months after 16 seasons driving M1s and 4 titles received collectively. Making an settlement between VR46 and Yamaha was too complicated, the Iwata agency not wishing to enter greater than 4 bikes.
“My relationship with Yamaha is superb”, insisted Rossi. “I feel we spent the perfect years of my profession collectively. It could have been nice to make a group with Yamaha subsequent 12 months, however we made the choice collectively, additionally as a result of I trip at Petronas, who needed proceed with Yamaha. We made this determination as a result of it was the perfect for everybody. “
And when requested about the potential for not being a Yamaha ambassador subsequent 12 months, Rossi kicks in: “I do not know. In my coronary heart, I’ll at all times be a Yamaha rider as a result of we shared a number of moments collectively.”