Marco Bezzecchi finished second in Saturday's sprint race, just behind winner Brad Binder. If the race had lasted a lap longer, he would have probably managed to win. At the start of the race, he lost quite a bit of time in the fight with Francesco Bagnaia and Maverick Vinales, then quickly overtook Alex Marquez, Franco Morbidelli and teammate Luca Marini. He entered the final lap half a second behind the leader Binder and quickly stuck to the back of his bike. The South African successfully fended off the attacks and cruised to victory. Nevertheless, the Italian was not overly disappointed with the second place. "It's a great sprint for me," said Bezzecchi, who is considered one of the favorites in today's race, after the end of the day. "The start itself was not the best, but I managed to stay in the front. The best
Ducati rider Enea Bastianini hopes to return to the MotoGP paddock in Austin after doctors confirmed that surgery on a broken shoulder blade will be necessary. The Italian was injured in the first MotoGP sprint race in Portugal, where he fell thanks to Luca Marini. The injury will see him miss this weekend's race in Argentina, but he hopes the injury will be sufficiently healed to allow him to compete in the third race of the year, the US GP. He will come back with rehabilitation on Monday.
Ducati rider Enea Bastianini will have to miss Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix and next week's race in Argentina due to a scapula injury in today's sprint race in Portugal. Bastianini suffered his injuries when he was attacked by Luca Marini and fell in the process, sweeping his VR46 racing academy teammate off the track. The Italian was transported to the medical center at the racetrack, where the first examination showed a broken collarbone, and then he was taken to the hospital for further tests. Ducati announced that Bastianini will have to miss Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix and the Argentine Grand Prix next weekend. The referees also looked at the incident between Bastianini and Marini, but did not decide on a penalty. "I took my line and leaned in a bit
Luca Marini set the fastest time of the final test day at Sepang (1:57.889). In second place, compatriot Francesco Bagnaia was the closest to him. They were also the only racers to set a time under 1:58. Maverick Vinales finished in third place ahead of the other factory Ducati rider, Eneo Bastianini. https://twitter.com/VR46RacingTeam/status/1624700125758078976 Rain soaked the track again overnight, making for a slow start to the final day of testing. In the first hour, only Johann Zarco set an official time - on wet tires. Francesco Bagnaia was the first to test the tires for the dry track, and then Jorge Martin swung to the top of the standings. The Spaniard was fastest for most of the day, eventually finishing fifth. Sixth time
Luca Marini was the fastest at the test in Valencia with a time of 1:30.032. The Italian was 0,225 seconds faster than second-placed Maverick Vinales. The Spaniard was otherwise the fastest in the morning. The third time was set by Marco Bezzecchi. Among the racers who changed teams, the best today was Miguel Oliveria in fourth place ahead of Aleix Espargaro, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Brad Binder and Jorge Martin. Fabio Quartararo and Enea Bastianini completed the top ten. The French racer was the most active racer of the morning with sixty laps. He eventually stopped at number 92. World champion Francesco Bagnaia set the twelfth time ahead of Marco Marquez, who finished thirteenth as Honda's best rider. The Spaniard is disappointed in the test early for
Luca Marini does not believe that the dominance of Ducati could harm the sport. This season has been extremely successful for Ducati. After having already confirmed the title of the best among the constructors with five races to go, the title among the teams is more or less under the roof and they are just about to go for the racing title for the first time since 2007. For the first time since 2019, such a team can reach for the triple crown after the last time Marc Marquez almost single-handedly secured it for Honda. Compared to that season, things are a bit different now. Ducati stats this season Wins – 11 out of 18 (61.1%) Podium – 29 out of 54 (53.7%) Points – 1125 out of 2520 (44.6%) Best starting position – 14 out of 18 (77.8%) First row – 38 out 54 (70.4%) Number of laps in the lead – 302 o
Luca Marini finished with a time of 1: 31.289 at the top of the second test day at the Mandalika racetrack. The track was in a slightly better condition today, which allowed most of the racers (13) to improve their results yesterday. The second time was set by Marc Marquez in front of Maverick Vinales. Current world champion Fabio Quartararo finished fourth ahead of Joan Mir, Johnan Zarco and Sepang's fastest Eneo Bastianini. Pol Espargaro finished eighth today after finishing at the top yesterday. Jorge Martin Francesco Bagnaia also finished in the top ten. Brad Binder, who led most of the day, finished eleventh, followed by Franco Morbidelli and Alex Rins. The best of the newcomers was this time, despite the fall of Fabio Di Giannantonio to seventeen
Valentino Rossi was understandably disappointed after the last place in his last qualifiers in front of the home fans. Nevertheless, he also had reason to rejoice. His half-brother Luca Marini was somewhat surprisingly placed in the first starting line. The newcomer to the royal class, with its two-year-old Ducati motorcycle specification, lagged behind only the two Ducati factory racers. The cold and still slightly wet track is not the best match for the nine-time world champion, who will start the race from the last twenty-third place. "Today the conditions on the track were very, very demanding. It was wet, but not very wet. Over time, the track dried up more and more, but not very fast, because it was still very cold. I only made the track very thin. dry line.That is why the ride was n
Valentino Rossi finished the race for the Portuguese Grand Prix prematurely by slipping into the sand. The Italian finished the qualifications in 17th place, and in the morning warm-ups he managed to find some better engine settings, which, by choosing a hard rear tire, enabled him to break through to the tail of the top ten by the middle of the race. Just before resigning, he successfully overtook his brother Luco Marini, losing some time. “The race was a bit better as we found better brake settings and in addition we decided to use a hard rear tire as well,” explained the Petronas SRT team racer. "I had a better feeling, the engine was more stable, and there was more grip when accelerating, which made me faster in the fourth sector. My subject was not bad, but unfortunately the race is always difficult if you start it in the background.
SKY Racing VR46 presented the look of the motorcycle on its debut at the start line of the MotoGP Championship in the 2021 season. The presentation, which took place in Tavulla, the hometown of VR46 Academy, was attended by Luca Marini, Marco Bezzecchi and Celestino Vietti, a graphic image of MotoGP and Moto2 motorcycles, however, will be the same. After seven years of operation in the lower classes of the motorcycle championship, the Italian team has announced its arrival in the MotoGP championship this year, where they will join forces with Esponsorama Racing and Ducati, and their colors will be represented by Valentino Rossi's half-brother Luca Marini. Marco Bezzecchi will remain in the Moto2 class and will be accompanied on the team by Celesto Vietti, who will advance from the Moto3 Championship. In both theme classes, however, the team will continue to receive sponsorship support