Yamaha has appointed racing legend Valentino Rossi as its brand ambassador. 

  • Rossi retired in 2021 with Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team (SRT). 
  • The Italian rider continue to ride Yamaha motorcycles at his VR46 Moto Ranch. 

The Italian rider spent the majority of his MotoGP career with Yamaha, winning four world championship titles with the manufacturer. Rossi retired from racing in 2021, but he has continued to maintain close ties with Yamaha, occasionally riding Yamaha machinery at his VR46 Moto Ranch.

Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director Lin Jarvis expressed excitement about the appointment, stating that Rossi and his YZR-M1 shared a special bond. 

“We always considered Valentino as ‘family,’ and as soon as he expressed his desire to keep using Yamaha bikes and to become a brand ambassador, we went to work to make it happen,” said Jarvis.

Rossi has also collaborated with Yamaha on the Master Camp Moto2 Team and occasionally used Yamaha bikes for his “training and leisure” purposes. The new partnership with Yamaha only strengthens their already strong ties.

Rossi expressed his pleasure at the new role, stating that he had always planned to keep riding motorcycles even after retiring from MotoGP. 

“During my MotoGP career, I rode Yamaha bikes as part of my contract. But even after retiring, I kept using Yamaha bikes because I enjoy it. I’m happy that the agreement is now signed, so Yamaha and I get to work together in this new set-up,” said Rossi.

The appointment of Rossi as Yamaha’s brand ambassador is a significant moment for both the manufacturer and fans of motorcycle racing. Rossi’s passion for the sport and his close ties with Yamaha make him the perfect candidate for the role.

VR45 Racing Ducati has officially announced the decision to retain Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi for the 2023 MotoGP World Championship. 

  • Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi to continue their partnership ahead of the 2023 season.
  • Bezzecchi currently leads the rookie standing after maiden MotoGP podium at the Dutch GP.

The announcement is a positive step from team Mooney VR46 Racing Ducati ahead of the new season with the pair showing good results throughout the team inaugural season in the premier class.

Marini showcased an impressive performance in the second half of the season with two consecutive P4 in Austria an Misano.

“I am very happy to be able to announce the renewal with the Mooney VR46 Racing Team also for 2023. 

“It is important to give continuity to this working group and to the Ducati project that is leading us to obtain good results and to fight for the podium in this final of season.

“We are a rookie team, it is the first year that we have all worked together, and we will continue to use this method to achieve great satisfactions already in this 2022 and in the future together with Vale, whom I thank for this opportunity, and the VR46 Riders Academy that always supports me. 

“Closing the current season in the best possible way and restarting strong next January is the goal: we want to fight for the positions that matter, the podium and the victory in every GP and as the best Independent Team of the Championship,” said the 25-year-old. 

Meanwhile, Bezzecchi currently leads the rookie standings boosted by his maiden MotoGP podium at the Dutch GP.

“I’m so happy to confirm and announce, at the same time, that the agreement I signed last year was for two years, so in 2023 I will continue riding for the Mooney VR46 Racing Team on the Ducati! 

“I’m proud to wear and represent the colours of the VR46 family, Vale and the VR46 Riders Academy, that have been always supporting me, together with the Team and personal partners,” he added. 

If you are an ultimate Valentino Rossi fan, this could be the chance for you to pick up something unique from the legendary Italian MotoGP racer.

  • the Day of Champions is an auction event held to raised money for Riders for Health. 
  • Ross’s final chequered flag from the 2021 Valencia GP is up for grabs.

The Day of Champions auction will return to full capacity this year at the British GP, which takes place at the iconic Silverstone next weekend.

Taking place on Thursday – a day before MotoGP’s official free practice session – the Day of Champions auction give fans the opportunity to get up close to riders ahead of the race and bid on racing memorabilia.

Organized by Two Wheels for Life, the fundraising entity will use the money raised during the auction for Riders for Health, who will then use the fund to help their efforts in helping healthcare workers in Africa.

So what’s in store for prospective bidders? Firstly, the bike which Alessandro Botturi won the Tunisia Desert Challenge this year, the Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid, is up for auction.

Secondly, the chequered flag, which marks Rossi’s final race at the 2021 Valencia GP, is also up for grabs.

Also on the list are the helmet Kenny Roberts wore at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year and a Ducati MotoX2 two-seater experience which allows you to experience the thrill of a MotoGP rider going around the track.

Other unique memorabilia for auction is Bagnaia’s signed race gloves and Jack Miller’s boots.

Retired MotoGP superstar Valentino Rossi named Sporting Icon Of The Year at Laureus World Sports Awards 2022.


After the endless saga with Saudi Aramco over the last few months, VR46 Racing Team has officially announced Italian company, Mooney as the team title sponsor for the 2022 MotoGP season.

Mooney will also be backing the Moto2 team with Celestino Vietti and Niccolo Antonelli.

“Following the agreement, the new team naming will be Mooney VR46 Racing Team and will be used in all images of the Team (including bikes and rider suits) and in all official communications. Further information will be revealed on January 3rd,” said VR46 in a brief statement.

Despite the uncertainty and almost weird situation with Aramco, the confirmation with Mooney is excellent news for Valentino Rossi and his team as they now can look ahead to compete the new season with Luca Marini and Marco Bezzechi onboard two Ducatis.

The saga with Aramco began in April 2021 with a press release that said: “In 2022 the VR46 Team will debut in the MotoGP class together with Tanal Entertainment Sport & Media with Saudi Aramco, as the new Main Sponsor for the period 2022-2026.”

However, the Saudi Arabian oil giant later denied any involvement and continued to deny it had agreed on a deal with Tanal or VR46.

Yamaha telah menghasilkan YZF-R1 GYTR VR46 sebagai penghargaan khas kepada Valentino Rossi yang telah pun bersara dari MotoGP.

Model khas itu didedahkan di EICMA 2021 yang sedang berlangsung di Milan, Itali , ketika ini.

Sebagai penghargaan terhadap pencapaian Rossi – dengan sembilan kejuaraan dunia merangkumi kelas MotoGP, 250cc dan 125cc serta 115 kemenangan dan 235 podium dari 425 perlumbaan – Yamaha menghasilkan jentera R1 khas yang turut memaparkan ‘livery’ khas hasil rekaan Aldo Drudi, individu penting dibelakang setiap rekaan helmet AGV dipakai Rossi.

Selain itu, R1 GYTR VR46 ini menampilkan segala aksesori GYTR 2022 hasil daripada pembangunan di Kejuaraan Superbike Dunia (WorldSBK) 2021 yang telah pun membantu Yamaha muncul juara menerusi Toprak Razgatlioglu, baru-baru ini.

Jentera khas ini membolehkan Rossi terus menikmati mesin R1 dari Yamaha di litar lumba Misano tidak lama lagi.

Sementara itu R1 GYTR VR46 ini datang serba lengkap dengan kit fairing dan ‘subframe’ gentian karbon dengan tangki yang telah diperbesarkan kepada 22L.

Jentera ini juga dilengkapi dengan ECU REX 140 Marelli berprestasi tinggi yang menjaminkan penghasilan kuasa yang besar manakala sistem membrek dikendalikan kaliper jenama Brembo.

Berikut antara spesifikasi yang terdapat pada Yamaha R1 GYTR VR46:

  • suspensi Öhlins
  • sproket GYTR (depan dan belakang)
  • throttle elektronik GYTR
  • klac slipper GYTR
  • head gasket GYTR
  • kit radiator GYTR
  • set air funnel GYTR
  • pelindung brek GYTR
  • Sistem Akrapovic GYTR
  • Rim Marchesini GYTR

Jentara khas itu juga didatangkan dengan beberapa komponen WorldSBK antaranya enjin yang ditala mengikut standarda WorldSBK, kit ‘triple clamp’ boleh laras (offset 22.5mm x 27mm), kit sensir, penapis udara spec-WorldSBK serta papan pemuka Chrome Lite dengan GPS.

VR46 Racing will debut in the 2022 MotoGP World Championship with Luca Marini and Marco Bezzechi, as confirmed by Valentino Rossi.

VR46 will make its inaugural appearance in the premier class with the two Italian riders as one of the Ducati satellite teams.

In the latest update, Rossi casually unveils the 2022 riders lineup during a recent interview ahead of San Marino GP despite no confirmation.

“We have worked hard over the years because we knew that unfortunately, sooner or later, I would have to stop, but we have done a good job. We have a lot of very strong academy riders. Next year there will be four in MotoGP.

“Bagnaia and Morbidelli will be in the factory Ducati and Yamaha teams respectively, two of the best teams, so they will start with the clear objective of winning the world championship. Then we also have Luca and Bezzecchi with the Ducatis,” he said.

Bezzecchi was previously linked with a move to Sepang Racing Team (SRT), now rebranded as RNF MotoGP Racing for the 2022 MotoGP season.

Valentino Rossi isn’t just a household name in MotoGP, as the 9-time world champion also holds many products under his VR46 brand.

From special edition AGV helmets to Dainese VR46 collabs, the VR46 badge is almost everywhere.

In a new development, the VR46 brand will now expand its wing with an electric bicycle range in partnership with e-mobility specialist MT Distribution, as confirmed by VR46 CEO Carlo Alberto Tebaldi.

“In VR46 Racing Apparel, we have already embarked on an evolutionary path for some time that will see the birth of projects that have as their objective the creation of performance-oriented products.

“It had been a long time that we wanted to expand our offer and enter the world of cycling, especially in the off-road sector,” he said.

Apart from a limited run of just 46 units, the VR46 e-MTB will feature top-notch components such as carbon fibre parts and a wireless gearbox.

The e-bike will run on a Pirelli Scorpion e-tyres and also features a 160mm front fork with 205/67.5mm rear shock absorbers.

VR46 and MT Distribution will reveal the full details of their latest collaboration at the 2021 EICMA.

Media antarabangsa mendakwa Marco Bezzecchi dikhabarkan akan berhijrah ke Petronas Sepang Racing Team (SRT) bagi musim 2022.

SRT ketiadaan dua pelumba musim depan tatkala Valentino Rossi telah pun mengumumkan persaraan sementara Franco Morbidelli disebut akan digandingkan bersama Fabio Quartararo di pasukan factory Yamaha.

Meskipun beberapa pelumba telah dikaitkan dengan SRT antaraya Raul Fernandez, Joe Roberts dan Marcel Schrotter sebelum ini namun Bezzecchi dicanang sebagai pilihan utama.

Pelumba VR46 di Moto2 itu sebelum ini telah pun menolak tawaran dari Aprilia dan kemudian didakwa bakal sertai Luca Marini di VR46 Ducati musim depan.

Bagaimanapun, Autosport melaporkan bahawa pelumba berusia 22 tahun itu telah pun mencapai persetujuan bersama SRT dan akan beraksi dengan jentera Yamaha musim depan.

Namun tidak dapat dipastikan sama ada Bezzecchi akan mendapat jentera factory Rossi atau A-spec milik Morbidelli.

Ketika ini, SRT masih belum membuat sebarang pengumuman rasmi bagi barisan pelumba yang akan meneruskan cabaran bagi musim 2022. – Autosport

Valentino Rossi’s new VR46 MotoGP team is set to race in the premier class with Ducati as both sides have penned a 3-year deal.

Despite not naming its official riders for the 2022 season, Luca Marini is sure to stay, as Saudi Aramco owner HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Saud confirmed.

VR46 has also confirmed a five-year deal with Dorna Sports to race in the premier class.

Aramco Racing Team VR46 will be an Independent Team riding on two Desmosedici machines for the next three years.

SKY Racing Team VR46 also announced the current Moto2 and Moto3 team manager, Pablo Nieto, as the MotoGP setup team manager next season.

Meanwhile, Luigi Dall’Igna, Ducati Corse General Manager, is pleased with the partnership.

“We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with VR46 for the next three years. Their Academy has always worked seriously and with great professionalism, giving many riders the opportunity to gain experience in Moto2 and Moto3, and today they can be proud to have brought three young riders of great talent.

“VR46 has also shown that it is able to competently manage the a successful team in Moto3 and Moto2 and therefore we will strive to provide the maximum technical support to their new team in MotoGP, convinced they have found in VR46 an ambitious and motivated partner like us, with a common goal to achieve great results together,” he said.

(source: MotoGP)

While every team is busy preparing for this weekend race at the Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, there’s plenty of activity happening behind the curtain.

Ducati Corse Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti revealed that they are “very close” to announcing a partnership with the VR46 Racing Team.

“Honestly, yes, I think we are very close to reaching an agreement, to be honest; I think probably before Assen, you can expect some kind of announcement.

“I hope everything goes right in the last few days and we can make it public,” said Ciabatti.

If the deal went through, Ducati would field eight Desmosedici on the grid consist of the factory team, Pramac Racing, Gresini Racing and VR46.

Meanwhile, Gresini Racing has signed a two-year agreement with Ducati to compete in the 2022 MotoGP season, with Enea Bastianini leading the team alongside rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio.

In another news, Razlan Razali denies earlier reports suggesting Petronas Sepang Racing Team (SRT) decided not to renew Valentino Rossi’s contract beyond the 2021 season.

According to the local publication, SRT made a unanimous decision not to extend the 42-year old contract as the team can’t afford to wait on the rider decision regarding his future.

However, Razlan’s insist that his side is yet to determined the riders line-up for next season.

(source:, MotoGP)

Pasukan VR46 semakin hampir untuk diumumkan sebagai pasukan baharu untuk menjalin kerjasama dengan Ducati bagi saingan MotoGP musim 2022.

Perkara itu disahkan Pengarah Sukan Ducati Corse, Paolo Ciabatti yang mendakwa kerjasama ke antara dua pihak itu akan diumumkan tidak lama lagi.

“Sejujurnya, kami semakain hampir untuk mencapai persetujuan.

“Saya rasa kemungkinan akan berlaku sebelum Assen, pengumuman akan dibuat sekitar waktu itu.

“Saya berharap segalanya akan termeterai dalam tempoh beberapa hari lagi supaya kami boleh membuat pengumuman rasmi kepada umum,” jelas Ciabatti ketika ditemu ramah Simon Crafar.

Ini bermakna, Ducati bakal menurunkan lapan jentera Desmosedici musim 2022 menerusi pasukan factory, Pramac Racing, Gresini Racing dan VR46. – MotoGP


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