Who doesn’t dream of having their brother on the team? Particularly if the brother in question is one Valentino Rossi… Luca Marini has admitted as much during the WITHU Motorsport event in Erbezzo, in the province of Verona, where the Sky Racing Team riders are getting to grips with rally cars.
Interviewed by Sky Sport, Marini was able to talk about his day with the sponsor and also discuss his famous brother, who he dreams of sharing a garage with next season.
“Valentino? It would be a dream to have him on the team with me”
“We’re in for an interesting second part of the season. I’ll try to improve and score more points than I did during the first part. It’ll be more difficult because other riders have improved and will improve, as will their bikes”, says Luca.
As for the VR46 team, he adds: “I need to speak with Uccio and the other VR guys because we want to be clear about next year. I think it’s an ambitious project but one we need to lift high, scoring strong results, I won’t settle for simply taking part. We need to do as we did in Moto2, or rather become a top team and try to fight for the podium and wins. I’m sure we can do it in MotoGP too, and if I have a factory Ducati it would be even better, fantastic actually, because I get on well with everyone I’ve had dealing with in Ducati. It’s a great atmosphere and I think they too are pushing and investing to get back on top of the world”.
“Valentino will race with me next year, that’s the bombshell news”, jokes Marini, before returning to the facts of the matter. “We haven’t talked to him a lot. It all depends on him, I hope he’ll decide to do what he enjoys the most. He’s ok with what he’s achieved in the past, and is the best rider of all time in my opinion. But MotoGP without him is unthinkable and no one wants to see that. I only hope that he decides as to what is best for him. If he continues to race, I’ll be over the moon and if he’s on the team with me it would be a dream, but in the end it’s him who has to decide”.
Translated by Heather Watson