Sunday will be an important evening for many, but for some even more. That’s the case for the VR46 team, Valentino Rossi's team that will be debuting in the MotoGP on the Losail track in Qatar. A entirely new team, officially presented a few days ago, which begins its journey in the most demanding and prestigious class of the World Championship.
They’ll be doing it with Marini, in his second year in the MotoGP, and with Bezzecchi, who'll be debuting. Both will be riding a Ducati, but Luca will get the GP22, the most updated version, while Marco will get a GP21, last year’s Desmosedici.
Bez is the most excited: "The long wait is over. I’ve been waiting for this day since the last race in Valencia, and I can't wait to get on the track,” he said. “The first MotoGP race will be special, something that I’ll remember forever. Racing with the fastest riders, in the highest category of our sport, is a dream for every rider. We'll be coming here after a good pre-season. I worked well with the team and with Ducati, but the first GP will be something else. There will be a motorcycle in the garage with the colors of the VR46 and Mooney. I want to do well and enjoy the moment.”
Marini also wants to assert himself on the track, after a first season where nothing went smoothly, but he did have positive winter tests.
"This race always has a special feeling and atmosphere. The first GP, the unique backdrop of the desert, and a really beautiful track. It’s one of my favorites on the calendar,” he said. “This year will be different. because I’ll be riding the Mooney VR46 Racing Team’s Ducati, which will make its full debut in the MotoGP. A new group, but one that I wanted and with which I felt really good since the first tests. The mood on the team is great, it’s positive. All we have to do is keep working and do our best starting this Sunday."