The upcoming arrival of the VR46 workforce in MotoGP in affiliation with Ducati and Aramco was made official on the sidelines of the final Grand Prix earlier than the summer season break. If the identify of Luca Marini didn’t seem on this announcement, his participation in this system shouldn’t be doubtful for anybody, ready just for the ultimate administrative formalities to be sealed. To start with, we’ve to finalize a contract that the pilot stated he had not but negotiated at Assen two weeks in the past.
“We’re nonetheless discussing it”, he indicated to the Netherlands, unaware if he could be linked in 2022 to Ducati (as he’s at present) or to the VR46 workforce. “I hope to have a contract with Ducati. We talked about it with Uccio [Salucci] and that appeared like the very best factor for me. As a driver, having a contract with the producer all the time has an added worth, one thing that offers a variety of accountability. So I hope to stay below contract with Ducati as is the case this yr, however we are going to attempt to settle all these contractual questions later, when we’ve time to speak about them. Since it is a new workforce, an entire new construction, I feel VR46 and all the opposite companions have a variety of work to do, will probably be a busy summer season for them. “
Saying that he’s prepared and impatient to sort out this query, Marini doesn’t really feel in any manner doubtful about his future, now sure to be on the journey when the VR46 construction, which already sponsors its handlebars at present, will align a full workforce within the premier class. A five-year settlement was sealed with the Dorna and one other three years with Ducati to assist this program, a assure of continuity for it.
“I’m very pleased with this announcement”, he commented. “I’ve to congratulate my brother and VR46, they did an excellent job and I feel they deserve it. Beginning a brand new mission in MotoGP can be a terrific problem and I hope we will combat on the highest stage and turn out to be among the finest groups in MotoGP, as we did in Moto2. I feel they’ve a wonderful working technique, they know this surroundings very effectively and I imagine that we might be very robust there ‘to come back up.”
“It is also nice to proceed with Ducati, as a result of this yr my emotions with the bike have improved loads. And I’ve additionally labored with a variety of nice individuals at Ducati and it is good to proceed with them, the environment is excellent, so I am actually prepared and curious for subsequent yr, however for now I’ve to concentrate on this half-season [restante]. It is extremely necessary for me to progress and [bien] end this season to be a greater driver subsequent season. “
As for the Ducati mannequin that can be entrusted to him, Luca Marini has assured that he doesn’t comprehend it. “In the meanwhile, we’ve no certainty. That is one thing I’ll cowl later. I have no idea what stage VR46 is at with Ducati as a result of we’ve not but talked about these technical issues”, he harassed. “I hope to have probably the most aggressive bike from Ducati as a result of I feel we might be robust. The extent in MotoGP is unbelievable now, so if we need to race on the high and combat for the primary locations, it’s a must to have an excellent technical bundle. I hope to have the very best compromise from Ducati. Uccio is pushing laborious with Gigi [Dall’Igna] to have the very best. Understanding VR46, they need to run this mission as finest they’ll, so I am fairly positive we’ll have an excellent technical bundle. “
A Marini-Rossi pair?
No driver is confirmed within the official announcement of the workforce, nevertheless the identify of Luca Marini does seem on this press launch… alongside that of Valentino Rossi. In an incomparable imbroglio, it’s the declaration of the Saudi Prince, who holds the purse strings, which created the shock on the time of this communication, even with Valentino Rossi himself.
“It will be implausible for me if Valentino Rossi might be employed within the coming years as a driver in our Aramco Racing Group VR46 workforce, alongside his brother Luca Marini who’s already racing this yr with the sponsorship of our manufacturers KSA New Cities , MAIC Applied sciences and TANAL Leisure Sport & Media “, stated Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Valentino Rossi, who’s believed to be on his approach to retiring from sports activities, acquired this comment with astonishment. Luca Marini didn’t danger fueling the talk when requested if his brother is likely to be about to vary his thoughts concerning the subsequent step in his MotoGP profession … “I do not know. I do not even know if he had decided earlier than, so we’ll see”, stated the younger pilot.
“Proper now there’s a good break, throughout which he’ll be capable to have his thoughts free and consider every little thing for the very best. I want Vale to make the very best resolution for himself, that he can s ‘have enjoyable for the subsequent few years and the remainder of his life doing what he loves most. In fact, having him as a teammate could be a dream “, Luca Marini concluded on the topic.