VR46 Ducati team announced on Thursday morning that Marco Bezzecchi will continue to race for the Italian-based outfit in 2023.
Bezzecchi’s original arrangement, which he signed to advance to the premier class for this year, was for two years, according to VR46, giving him an additional season to perfect his talent and improve it in anticipation of greater success in the future.
However, it was not made clear what version of the Desmosedici Ducati he would ride in his second full season. Teammate Luca Marini, who is also anticipated to be confirmed as staying with the team soon, is riding a bike that is currently with the latest specification while Bezzecchi is currently operating a machine that is a year old that was built for the year 2021.
Bezzecchi reveals that he is glad to continue representing VR46 in 2023 and that he is eager to see what the team can accomplish in what will be just its second campaign as a fully-fledged outfit next year.
“I’m so happy to confirm and announce that the agreement I signed last year was for two years,” said Bezzecchi in VR46’s social media statement announcing his contract extension with the squad. “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 Valentino Rossi Riders Academy that has been always supporting me, together with the Team and personal partners.”
“The technical and mechanical staff group we created these years is full new, a rookie in all of the aspects with technicians coming from Moto2 and others with new roles, but we are completely satisfied with what we’ve achieved so far.”
“We keep focus on this 2022 season, trying to finish this first year in MotoGP with the best result, before starting to face the next season.”
With six races remaining, Bezzecchi is the highest-placed rookie in the riders’ standings, holding a lead of 68 points over Fabio Di Gianantonio, who is currently in 14th place and rides a Ducati of the ’21 model for the Gresini team.
His impressive second-place finish in the Dutch TT at Assen just before the summer break contributed significantly to his points haul, and his front-row start in his home race at Mugello back in June is still one of the highlights of his debut season in MotoGP.