“Valentino Rossi wants news every day”

Five points for Luca Marini after the first two races of the 2022 MotoGP season. The top rider of the Mooney VR46 team had to deal with some problems with the electronics and youth of his Ducati Desmosedici GP22. He remains far from the results expected in Tavullia, but has given excellent ideas in both weekends to be able to aim for more important goals. After a year of adapting to the category, Valentino Rossi’s brother arrives in Rio Hondo with the aim of climbing the rankings.

Luca Marini and the understanding of GP22

It will be the first time that Luca Marini will race in Argentina with a MotoGP, it will be essential to start immediately on the right foot to find an optimal setting for his GP22. In the VR46 box we are working at full speed to shorten the distance from the best: “It is a new project and has a lot of potential. I really enjoy working with these people, from the hospitality staff to my chief mechanic. I think we can achieve great results, but for that we have to work a little harder. This year I have a new bike and we haven’t done enough testing. At the start of the season we will have to understand a few things and continue with the development of the bike“.

The factory Ducati is certainly a clear step forward compared to the bike he had available in his first season as a rookie. But he still requires time and dedication before he can fully understand it. He can count on the data of Pecco Bagnaia and the other drivers of the brand to file precious tenths, but the bulk of the duty lies on his shoulders: “This season I have prepared better, because now I know what it takes in MotoGP, what you need to do to be 100% prepared. Especially on the physical part“.

Luca Marini: MotoGP title goal

He worked closely with his fitness coach to face the new MotoGP 2022 challenge and not get exhausted in the final laps of the race. And even the bike has made some progress that still have to be fully collected. “The bike has improved from all points of view: in speed, corner entry, braking, feeling with the front end, steering ability – he tells MotoGP.com -. I think the Ducati is working very well, the bike has improved a lot. This is great for us, because you can focus on other things, not just change your style or adapt to the bike, now I can ride as I want to be fast in any situation.“.

Luca Marini’s dream is to become world champion and he is aware that the goal can only be reached with a factory team. So the next step is to try and carve out a place on the internal team, even if the competition is tight. In Borgo Panigale they bet on Jack Miller, but both Enea Bastianini and Jorge Martin are pawing for that saddle. “Nobody is here to fight for second or third place“, Specifies the pilot from Tavullia. “In recent years you can only win the world championship if you are in an official team. If the opportunity presents itself, I will obviously take it, but I need to work well this season and be in the top positions“.

His brother Valentino Rossi

In the 2022 MotoGP season he got a factory bike and it is already a good first step forward, a privilege that, for example, Enea Bastianini did not obtain. The goal is “to win at least one race”. Furthermore, Luca Marini can count on high-caliber technicians who have worked alongside his brother Valentino Rossi for many years. Perhaps a little is missing of his presence and magic in the pits, scheduled for the Mugello appointment. “Valentino always wants to be involved, to bring his experience, his approach to racing. He is still a pilot and he wants us to give him news every day. He is a different leader, that’s for sure“.

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