Aramco Racing Team VR46 announced. The Saudi prince sponsor of the operation: “I would like Vale with his brother”
Now it’s official too: Valentino Rossi lands in MotoGP with a team of its own and thanks to the collaboration with Tanal Entertainment Sport & Media, theAramco Racing Team VR46. For 2022 and the next three years he will have two Ducati Desmosedici GPs at his disposal with Pablo Nieto promoted to team manager in the premier class, where the team will be present for at least five seasons as foreseen in the contract signed with Dorna. The driver who will run alongside Luca Marini, even if Rossi himself could be the number one candidate should he decide to continue.
“To communicate the beauty of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, from our millennial history to the great projects that have been announced for the next few years, we have chosen VR46 for a five-year joint venture as a strategic partner to compete as protagonists in the MotoGP World Championship. organized by Dorna Sports. The agreement just signed between the Team and Ducati for the supply of motorcycles for the 2022-2024 seasons is certainly news that we welcome in a very positive way “, said His Royal Highness Prince. Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Saud. “Ducati is a company that has great value both in Italy and abroad as well as having demonstrated incredible competitiveness. It would be fantastic for me that Valentino Rossi can compete in the coming years as a rider of our Aramco Racing Team VR46 together with his brother Luca Marini – he added – who already this year competes with the sponsorship of our brands KSA New Cities, MAIC Technologies, TANAL Entertainment Sport & Media “. “TANAL Entertainment Sport & Media and Aramco in the coming days will announce from Saudi Arabia a collaboration in international motorsport projects – concluded the prince – and the details of the project with VR46 in the MotoGP and Moto2 world championship and with the hope of being able to extend the presence in the world championship which represents a fantastic show to train young Saudi champions in the near future “.
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Enthusiastic too Alessio Salucci of the VR46 Riders Academy: “We are happy to announce that in 2022 we will race in MotoGP with a team of two riders in the colors of the VR46. A journey that began just over eight years ago with the birth of the VR46 Riders Academy, a wonderful adventure, a long, demanding journey, but full of satisfactions and which makes us very proud. This milestone has a truly unique meaning, but it is not a point of arrival. Year after year, since 2014, we have grown, we have been able to write good pages of our sport between Moto3 and Moto2 crossing our path with many young talents of Italian motorcycling that we have had the privilege of being able to support in their growth path and that we will continue to support from the lower classes up to MotoGP. A key moment in our history that it would not have been possible without Carmelo Ezpeleta who has always believed in this project and to Ducati for the trust he has placed in us for the future “.
Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, said: “Having the pleasure of welcoming Team VR46 into the MotoGP category in 2022 is exciting both for fans around the world and for the MotoGP paddock who have followed Valentino Rossi’s incredible career and the growth of the VR46 Riders Academy from the beginning. Valentino is and will continue to be a very important part of the FIM MotoGP World Championship and now, with his Team arriving in the premier class, his extraordinary legacy will continue to inspire new generations of riders and fans. We welcome them to the Premier Class and look forward to many great results in the future. “
Luigi Dall’Igna, general manager of Ducati Corse, concluded: “We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with VR46 for the next three years. Their Academy has always worked seriously and with great professionalism, giving many riders the opportunity to gain experience in Moto2. and Moto3, and today it can be proud to have brought three very talented young riders to MotoGP. VR46 has also demonstrated its ability to competently and successfully manage its Team in Moto3 and Moto2, so we will strive to provide maximum technical support to their new team in MotoGP, convinced that they have found in VR46 an ambitious and motivated partner like us, with the common goal of achieving great results together “.