There are only four races to go before Valentino Rossi leaves MotoGP, a real blow for the entire championship, which has gravitated around the nine-time champion for around twenty years. However, the Italian champion won’t be saying goodbye to the championship, bequeathing four teams, or rather one in the top class, two in Moto2 and one in Moto3. An important and, until not long ago, unexpected decision for the VR46 Academy, these teams are listed in the provisional entry lists, and there are a few surprises.
Double commitment in Moto2, Yamaha involvement
In 2022, VR46 will field four teams across all three championship categories, or this is what next year’s entry lists tell us at least. As we know, MotoGP will see the arrival of Valentino Rossi's team with Ducati. Although there are still doubts as to the name of the second rider (Luca Marini is confirmed, Marco Bezzecchi a possible team-mate) and the role of the main sponsor, the participation of the Doctor’s team was already confirmed a while ago. The real news regards Moto2 though, a category in which VR46 has decided to double its efforts and add a second team in addition to the squad already on track.
The current team will be reconfirmed and known as Aramco-VR46 (SKY does not feature for now), thanks to an agreement with the Saudi giant, which should take on the same role in the top class. The rumours about Yamaha being interested in the intermediate class are apparently true, and the Iwata manufacturer will collaborate with VR46 in order to promote talents coming from the East and Middle East, that team to be known as the VR46 Master Camp Team.
Back to its roots, the Moto3 team returns
After a year’s absence, the VR46 Racing Team will be back in Moto3, a class in which it debuted in 2014. In 2022, the Doctor’s team will play a starring role with Avintia, forming the Avintia VR46 Riders Academy. The entry lists published are not definitive but the clues are all there… Valentino Rossi’s commitment to the championship will clearly continue on after the end of this season.
Translated by Heather Watson