Rossi returns to Ducati

The Aramco Racing Team VR46 has signed for three years with the Italian factory and for five with Dorna to be on the grid. Pablo Nieto is the team leader.


Confirmed. There will be eight Ducati bikes on the MotoGP grid starting next season. The latest team to bet on the Desmosedici is the Aramco Racing Team VR46, owned by Valentino Rossi, which will debut next season as its own structure in the premier class. The Doctor thus becomes part of the Borgo Panigale house, a factory for which he ran unsuccessfully in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

The agreement between the team of the nine-time champion and Ducati is for three seasons, those of 2022, 2023 and 2024, having material for two pilots. One is clear that it will be Luca Marini, his brother, who debuted precisely this year in MotoGP with a Ducati, in the Esponsorama team, who disappears from the grid to focus on Moto3.

The other driver remains to be seen, although everything points to it being Marco Bezzecchi, unless Rossi himself decides to race for his team, which would be quite a surprise given his poor results this season at 43 years old.In addition to this signature, the Aramco Racing Team VR46 has signed for five years with Dorna, something that both satellite teams and factories have done. And he has announced that the head of the team will be Pablo Nieto, Valentino's trusted man for a long time in his Moto3 and Moto2 projects, in addition to being present this year in the Marini box to supervise everything.The eight Ducati on track for 2022 will be the two from the official Lenovo team for Miller and Bagnaia, the Pramac for Zarco and Martín, the Gresini for Bastianini and Di Giannantonio and these from Rossi for Marini and presumably Bezzechi.

It will be good to know what Yamaha says about this movement, after so many years of relationship and success with Rossi.

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