The VR46 crew, led by Valentino Rossi, confirmed this Wednesday at Motorsport.com its full dedication to MotoGP from 2022, for a five-year cycle. This follows info introduced this morning by Saudi firm Tanal Leisure Sport & Media.
This holding, owned by Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, has unveiled “a significant strategic settlement with the VR46 crew” and the assist of the highly effective Saudi nationwide firm Saudi Aramco as the brand new title sponsor of VR46 for the seasons 2022 to 2026. It’s due to this fact the delivery of a brand new crew known as Aramco Racing Crew VR46, which may depend on this monetary assist main, in addition to “different essential sponsors on the world stage”, based on the Saudi press launch.
The opposite side of the settlement sealed with Tanal Leisure Sport & Media considerations the communication that will likely be carried out with VR46 with a view to promote the Saudi Imaginative and prescient 2030 undertaking, a program geared toward presenting what would be the future life in Saudi Arabia by way of ‘sports activities and leisure infrastructures and even city tasks.
Tanal Leisure Sport & Media additionally specifies that VR46 will stay concerned in Moto2 in parallel with this new program. Do not forget that Valentino Rossi’s crew has already set foot within the MotoGP class this season, by sponsoring the Ducati that the Avintia crew entrusts to Luca Marini. As a brand new five-year contract cycle looms, and as Rossi nears the top of his piloting profession (which he should decide on by this summer season), the prospect of VR46 becoming a member of the MotoGP ranks with a full-fledged crew in 2022 have grown increasingly more in latest months and can not shock anybody.
Whereas VR46 has not made an official assertion following this announcement, the crew has nonetheless confirmed the veracity of this info. It ought to now verify this settlement within the coming hours, earlier than the kick-off of the Spanish Grand Prix, which is being held this week in Jerez.
The unfinished announcement of this Wednesday morning, nonetheless, leaves essential questions, beginning with the producer with which VR46 will be part of. Suzuki may very well be an choice offered the model lastly decides to area two satellite tv for pc bikes, which appears increasingly more unlikely as the times go by. Ducati, alternatively, has already publicly expressed its want to proceed to have six bikes, and due to this fact two satellite tv for pc groups, regardless of the departure of Avintia. Yamaha can be among the many manufacturers available on the market, since its settlement with the SRT crew and Petronas isn’t but renewed.
The Gresini crew, which has introduced its return to its unbiased crew standing after supporting the official Aprilia program thus far, can be searching for an settlement with a producer among the many similar choices as VR46.
With Oriol Puigdemont