Ducati rider Luca Marini is showing an increasing form curve in his second year in MotoGP. Before the summer break, the VR46 driver clinched three top 6 results in a row at Mugello, Barcelona and Sachsenring. In addition, he was third on the front row of the grid in both Argentina and Mugello.
After eleven of the 20 races of the season, Marini has already collected more points than in the entire 2021 season. 52:41 is the interim result, which will probably be even clearer in the final calculation. But Marini did not make progress this year alone. According to Marini, half-brother Valentino Rossi also has an influence.
“Vale sees everything from outside the track because last year he drove himself. He knows the tyres. Nobody [von außerhalb] knows the otherwise. This allows him to recognize everything. He sees what the bike is doing entering and exiting corners,” he explains.
Valentino Rossi ‘sees everything from off the track’
Marini continues: “Of course he also sees the different lines, but that’s easier for us riders to see. But he understands how the bike works and how the rider works on the bike. He gives us a lot of feedback because he can do everything see.”
So Rossi likes to act as a riding coach for his half-brother on his sporadic visits to the MotoGP paddock. However, the nine-time world champion is not a permanent guest, after all he started a new adventure in motorsport this year as a GT3 racing driver in the GT World Challenge Europe.
Rossi is not having an easy debut year in the GTWC, even though he has already secured two fifth places this year with his Belgian WRT team-mate Frederic Vervisch: in the 1,000-kilometer race at Le Castellet with Audi driver Nico Müller, and in the second sprint race on his home track in Misano.
Luca Marini: External people “don’t know MotoGP”
The doctor seems to have a special sensitivity and empathy. Because everything he recognizes would also be recognized by the current MotoGP riders, “when we’re on the bike and out on the track,” says Marini.
“But what’s special is that he also recognizes these things from outside the circuit. That’s incredible! It’s impossible for other people to give that kind of feedback. They don’t know MotoGP, they don’t know anything about the electronics and the tyres. “
Rossi ended his career as a motorcycle racer after the 2021 MotoGP season. In the MotoGP circus he is still present with his own team. In the premier class, two drivers, Marini and Marco Bezzecchi, drive for the doctor’s team, which he himself trained for years in his academy.