VR46 commits to a three-year contract with Ducati to compete as a satellite team, beginning in 2022 as Aramco Racing Team VR46 in the MotoGP premier class.
The Aramco Racing Team VR46 is set to compete in MotoGP’s premier class as an official Ducati satellite team beginning in 2022, with Pablo Nieto in the role of Team Manager. The three-year contract between VR46 and Ducati follows the announcement of the five-year contract between VR46 and Dorna Sports.
The VR46 Riding Academy’s mission, for the last eight years, has been to raise and nurture the talents of young Italian GP riders through the lower classes with the goal for the young ones to eventually arrive in the premier class.
“We are happy to announce that in 2022 we will race in MotoGP with a Team of two riders in the colors of the VR46. A journey that began just over eight years ago with the beginning of the VR46 Riders Academy, a beautiful adventure shared with Sky, a long and demanding journey, but full of satisfactions and which makes us very proud. This milestone has a truly unique meaning, but it is not a point of arrival. Year after year, since 2013, we have grown, we have managed to write some beautiful pages of our sport between Moto3 and Moto2 and we have crossed our path with many young talents of Italian motorcycling that we have had the privilege of being able to support in their growth path and that we will continue to support from the lower classes up to MotoGP key moment in our history that would not have been possible without Carmelo Ezpeleta, who has always believed in this project, and to Ducati for the trust it has placed in us roped for the future.” – Alessio Salucci, VR46 Riders Academy.
“Having the pleasure of welcoming the VR46 Team to the MotoGP category in 2022 is exciting for both fans worldwide and for the MotoGP paddock, who have followed Valentino Rossi’s incredible career and the growth of the VR46 Riders Academy from the beginning. Valentino is and will continue to be a very important part of the FIM MotoGP World Championship and now, with his Team arriving to the MotoGP class, his stunning legacy will continue to inspire new generations of riders and fans. We welcome them to the Premier Class and look forward to many great achievements in the future.” – Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna Sports CEO.
“We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with VR46 for the next three years. The VR46 Riders Academy has always worked seriously and with great professionalism, giving many riders the opportunity to gain experience in Moto2 and Moto3, and today it can be proud to have brought three very talented young riders to MotoGP. VR46 has also shown that it knows how to manage its Team in Moto3 and Moto2 with competence and success and therefore we will strive to provide maximum technical support to their new Team in MotoGP, convinced that in VR46 we have found an ambitious and motivated partner like us, with the common goal of obtaining great results together.” – Luigi Dall’Igna, General Manager Ducati Corse.