Ducati VR46 Team in MotoGP, Prince pushing for Rossi to race Ducati in 2022

Date posted on June 25, 2021
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The VR46 Team of Valentino Rossi and Ducati together announced yesterday that the team will be a full 2 bike team in MotoGP from 2022 to 2025 using Ducati V4s and with backing from Saudi’s Aramco.

The Aramco sponsorship is a long term agreement that includes building a VR46 themed sport entertainment park in Saudi similar to Ferrari World.

Initial news indicated that Valentino’s brother MotoGP rookie Luca Marini and Moto2 team rider Marco Bezzecchi might be it’s riders.

SKY VR46 Moto2 rider Marco Bezzecchi

However, according to TANAL Entertainment Sport and Media, His Royal  Highness Prince  Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is pushing for Valentino himself to race the Ducati VR46 in 2022.

  “It would be fantastic for me that Valentino Rossi could compete in the coming years as a driver of our Aramco Racing Team VR46 together with his brother Luca Marini who already this year competes with the sponsorship of our brands KSA New Cities, MAIC Technologies,” said His Royal Highness.

MotoGP rookie Luca Marini

TANAL Entertainment Sport & Media.  In the coming days, TANAL Entertainment Sport & Media and Aramco will announce from Saudi Arabia, a collaboration in international motorsport projects and the details of the project with VR46 in the MotoGP and Moto2 world championships with the hope of being able to further extend their presence in the World Championship which represents a show. Fantastic to train young Saudi champions in the near future.

The first and last time Ducati and Rossi partnered was in 2011 and 2012. It was not so successful as expected for the “All Italian” combination with only a couple of podiums with no victories achieved in two years.

However, the current Ducati is now a championship winning package and the story might be different if Rossi does race one in 2022.

Although Rossi said it will be difficult to race in 2022, we think that wildcard appearances in Italy, Spain, Assen and Malaysia is possible on what will be his “farewell tour”, (with the support and apprival of DORNA of course). But a third VR46 bike to keep MotoGP’s biggest star for one more year might also be in the cards if DORNA will have its way.

Photos Team VR46, MotoGP

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