Luca Marini is chasing his first victory in the MotoGP class with his brother Valentino Rossi’s Mooney VR46 team.
Luca Marini will race in his third season in MotoGP. 41 points and 19th place on his debut in 2021, 120 points and 12th place finish the following year, to the brother of Valentino Rossi the first podium astride the Ducati Desmosedici GP is still missing. A feat already accomplished by his box colleague Marco Bezzecchi in Assen in 2022. Now he has no more excuses and in his hands is the same bike with which Pecco Bagnaia conquered the world championship.
The focus is all on the next Sepang test from 10 to 12 February, three days in which he will be able to polish every detail of the 2023 prototype, plan the necessary adjustments to get off to a strong start right away. It will be a “sui generis” season for all Top Class riders, with 21 weekends on the calendar, two new circuits (India and Kazakhstan) and a total of 42 races. The Sprint Races will be an opportunity to be exploited to achieve the minimum goal of victory.
The family axis between Luca Marini and Valentino Rossi
Just a few more days and then it will be time to fly to Malaysia for the first preseason test of the year. After a long, where he never stopped training, the time has come to start getting serious, push on the gas and chase the top step of the podium. “The level of the MotoGP is now very high – he said Luca Marini to Sky Sports -. Just look at the grid, the riders are strong, as well as the teams and the bikes. With the Sprint Race we will have more chances to win and this is positive. We will have to take advantage of this opportunity“.
There hasn’t been any face-off with the yet team owner Valentino Rossi, it will probably happen after the tests or after the first appointments in Portimao and on the New Continent. “We haven’t talked to him yet, there’s time for the first race. We are focused on the test in Malaysia… We will certainly talk about it with Vale, but everyone has only one goal“. The Mooney VR46 Racing Team will have to assault the top step of the podium to better honor the name of its legendary founder…
Certainly for Luca Marini at the moment there is the date of his wedding. “We have decided for July 21st: “My brother Valentino and Marta’s brother (Vincenzi, his future bride ed) they will be the witnesses“. The championship’s summer break is the only time to celebrate the wedding, in a 2023 season that will be very tight and with the last ten Grands Prix collected in twelve weeks. A World of MotoGP where everything is possible and the driver from Tavullia wants to be ready.