Ducati ‘very close’ to VR46 MotoGP deal
Saturday 19th June, 2021 - 9:30am
Paolo Ciabatti has affirmed that Ducati is poised to ink a deal to supply Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP team next year.
Rossi himself said on the eve of this weekend’s German Grand Prix that an announcement on Team VR46’s bikes is likely next week, in the lead-up to the Dutch TT, which Ciabatti has also backed up.
“I think we are very close to reaching an agreement, to be honest,” said Ducati Corse’s sporting director on the television world feed during Friday practice at the Sachsenring.
“I think probably before Assen, you can expect some kind of announcement.
“I hope everything goes right in the last few days and we can make it public.”
An agreement would mean eight full-time Ducati entries on the grid in 2022, the others being the Bologna marque’s own, Pramac Racing’s, and Gresini Racing’s.
VR46 Academy rider Luca Marini has been placed at Esponsorama Racing for this, his rookie MotoGP season and will remain in the premier class at The Doctor’s own team.
There is no firm word yet on Marini’s future team-mate, but current VR46 Moto2 rider Marco Bezzecchi is “at the top of the list”, says Rossi.