Unlike Pramac Racing, the VR46 team only has one Ducati of the latest specification this season. The rookie Marco Bezzecchi indeed drives a GP21 dating from last season (as well as Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio at Gresini) while Luca Marini received a GP22, like the pairs of the two other formations of the group.
Pablo Nieto, VR46 team manager, would like this situation to change next season by avoiding having only one of these so-called official motorcycles. “It’s ongoing. We’re watching it because it’s very important to us,” he replied when the official MotoGP website asked him about the definition of the technical package for 2023.
“Our discussions with Ducati are ongoing, we have not yet concluded an agreement with Ducati. Of course, we have the agreement to continue with them but concerning the technical parts, we are currently talking about it with them.
“However, I believe that the 2022 bikes are very good”, made a point of specifying Pablo Nieto, who can be satisfied to have seen Luca Marini chain three entries in the top 6 with this machine shortly before the summer break, and also start twice from the first row of the starting grid this year. But despite his progress, Marini is currently overtaken by his teammate, rookie Bezzecchi having taken the lead in the general classification by being the first to obtain a podium, in Assen.
Promising, it would seem incomprehensible to deprive Bezzecchi of a machine of the current season in 2023, especially if he were to confirm his level in the weeks to come and end the season ahead of his teammate, nevertheless Marini does not want to be private. Suffice to say that, for VR46, it would be welcome to avoid having to make a choice that promises to be difficult.
“It is very important that the two pilots have the same equipment because we can work together”, underlined Pablo Nieto. “It’s a lot easier for the team and it will also be a lot easier for Ducati. That’s why we’re trying to change that to try to have the same hardware on both sides.”
Marini: “I would like to have a 2023 Ducati”
When asked if he would agree to keep his current GP22 next season, Luca Marini did not hide his ambitions. “I would like to have an official motorcycle! I would like to have a 2023 Ducati because they will bring something very special. I hope!” he let know. “Frankly, I haven’t talked about that. We’re talking about next year and everything will be clearer for everyone in a while, for sure. I think the most important thing right now is to get better results this season, because results help everyone, all the time.”
Feeling himself making progress in the race, the Italian driver approaches the second part of the championship with the wish to progress in qualifying in order to put all the chances on his side to obtain better results on Sunday. With two years of experience in the category, he would like to participate next year in the development led by Borgo Panigale, convinced of the quality of the work carried out by the Italian engineers.
“They’re working hard, I think they’ve done some really good things in the last two years, they’ve done really well and the Ducati is now one of the easiest bikes to ride, not just one of the most powerful, so it’s is fantastic. I would like to continue with them, with more experience I think we can achieve a lot of good results together. I love working with Italians and everyone at Ducati is super focused on the big goal. , which is very important.”
His ultimate goal is to win a first victory soon. “I feel in good shape and I hope to get back on the bike with the feelings I had in the last races because they were really good”, he said before the first tests at Silverstone, confident in his preparation. “I think we’re still missing something to be in the top five at every track, but we were in the game and that’s what matters the most. I’m also sure that Ducati have worked hard during this break when we were all on vacation. I think they haven’t left Borgo Panigale, and I hope they’ll bring something interesting to help us out.”
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