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After 26 seasons of grand prix racing, Rossi retired from racing on the finish of the 2021 marketing campaign.
Earlier in 2021 VR46 introduced it could be increasing into MotoGP in 2022, having run groups in Moto3 and Moto2 beforehand – though Luca Marini’s aspect of the Avintia storage was run by VR46 final yr.
VR46’s MotoGP genesis was shrouded in controversy from the beginning when a Saudi firm often called Tanal Leisure introduced oil large Aramco could be the group’s title sponsor.
Nevertheless, a consultant from Aramco informed Motorsport.com shortly afterwards that no cope with VR46 existed – one thing that was reiterated once more later in 2021, regardless of VR46’s insistence that it did actually have a deal in place.
VR46 introduced late final yr that its title sponsorship would come from an Italian banking agency Mooney – ending the Aramco saga.
As was the case in Moto2 and Moto3, and with Avintia final yr, VR46 will probably be helmed by Pablo Nieto – with Rossi unlikely to have a lot presence in 2022 as he focuses on his GT World Problem Europe programme with WRT and Audi.
VR46 will discipline Marini, whereas its Moto2 rider Marco Bezzecchi will step as much as the premier class with the squad.
Marini will trip a current-spec manufacturing facility Ducati in 2022, whereas Bezzecchi will probably be considered one of three riders on Ducati’s 2021 machine this season.
VR46 is considered one of 4 Ducati groups on the grid in 2022 alongside the manufacturing facility squad, Pramac and Gresini Racing.
As a consequence of its growth to MotoGP full-time – taking up Avintia’s grid slots, which bowed out of MotoGP on the finish of final yr – VR46 has ceased its Moto3 operation, however will proceed with its group in Moto2.
VR46 may even broaden its presence in Moto2 to a second group often called the VR46 Grasp Camp squad, which can run together with Yamaha.
All groups have now unveiled their liveries for the approaching season, with the 2022 marketing campaign set to start out on 6 March in Qatar.