MotoGP-Aufsteiger Marini/Bastianini

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Deal besiegelt: Luigi Dall’Igna, Luca Marini, Raúl Romero, Enea Bastianini, Paolo Ciabatti.

Die italienischen Moto2-Piloten Luca Marini (derzeit WM-Dritter) und Enea Bastianini (aktuell Zweiter in der WM-Tabelle), die beide zum Förderkader von Valentino Rossis Racing-Academy gehören, steigen 2021 in die MotoGP-Klasse auf, um im Esponsorama-Team Desmosedici-Ducatis zu steuern. Diese Vereinbarung wurde im Laufe des Europa-GP in Valencia an diesem Wochenende offiziell verlautbart.

Dahinter steckt auch die Überlegung, dass Valentino Rossi, der 2021 eine weitere Saison mit Yamaha-Werksunterstützung im Petronas-Sepang-Team in Angriff nimmt, langfristig sein Feld bestellt. Denn der Publikumsliebling plant für das Jahr darauf eine Rochade, indem sein Sky Team VR46 Team die MotoGP-Teamplätze von Esponsorama übernimmt und dessen Teamchef Raúl Romero wiederum die Moto3-Teamplätze von Rossi bekommt.

Rossi wäre dann Teambesitzer in der Moto2 und in der MotoGP-Kategorie, über die weitere Zusammenarbeit mit der Romero-Truppe in der Moto3 stände eine erfolgsversprechende Aufstiegsleiter für förderungswürdige Schützlinge zur Verfügung, und das unabhängig davon, wie lange der »Doctor« noch selbst am Gasgriff zu drehen gedenkt.

Luigi Dall’Igna, Ducati Corse General Manager: “We are very pleased to have reached this agreement thanks to which two young Italian talents will be able to make their debut in MotoGP next year on our Desmosedici GP bikes entrusted to the Esponsorama Racing team. This year Raul Romero’s team has shown that it has reached an excellent level of professionalism. Thanks to the renewed technical support that we will provide to the Andorra team in 2021, we are sure that it will support Enea and Luca in the best possible way in their first rookie season. Both Bastianini and Marini have shown to be highly competitive in Moto2 this year, and we are sure that the time has come for them to move up to MotoGP. We will provide them with all the necessary support to accompany them on their way to the top category. With this decision, Ducati intends to continue with its strategy to enhance the young talents, that has already led Pecco Bagnaia to make his debut in MotoGP with Pramac Racing in 2019 and to reach an important goal for 2021: to wear the colours of the official Ducati team”.

Enea Bastianini: “Racing in MotoGP is a dream come true for me, and I’m happy to be able to do it with Ducati, of which I’ve been a big fan since the days of my idol Casey Stoner. It will undoubtedly be an important step that will push me to grow a lot, and I would like to move up as the Moto2 World Champion, even if it will not be easy. I want to thank my family for all the support they have given me since I was a child and my manager Carlo Pernat. I would also like to thank Ducati and the Esponsorama Racing team for the trust they have in me: I will try not to disappoint them!

Luca Marini: “Having this great opportunity to race in MotoGP in 2021 is a dream come true for me, it’s the desire that every rider has had since childhood. In these years with Sky Racing Team VR46 I have accumulated a lot of experience, and thanks to them, I have grown and achieved my first important results. Now we are in a crucial phase of the Moto2 season, and we will continue to work hard to reach our maximum goal, before embarking on this exciting new adventure together with Ducati and the Esponsorama Racing team”. 

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