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Luca Marini at the 2018 GP of Germany

Marini makes the breakthrough with German Moto2 gong

Jul 152018

Moto2 is well accustomed to seeing the distinctive black livery of SKY Racing Team VR46 at the front of the pack. Around the curves of Sachsenring in Germany for the ninth round of nineteen in MotoGP 2018 it was the sight of Luca Marini troubling the leaders instead of countryman, teammate and championship leader Pecco Bagnaia (the #42 unlucky to be forced off the track due to a tumbling Mattia Pasini).

#10 was part of a front-running trio that included Brad Binder and Joan Mir and fought for a fantastic third position that represented a career landmark.

Marini had found pace, form and confidence around the never-ending curves, and largely thanks to his slow recovery from a shoulder problem that had restricted his potential on the Kalex. “My shoulder is difficult to understand,” he admitted. “I had two dislocations in two weeks before Jerez [round four]. I had a lot of pain and I needed two-three months to do some good laps and races in a row. Here in Sachsenring I knew it would be difficult but we worked a lot at home with my physical trainer to be well prepared. We had a good strategy for the weekend to do our best in the race.”

The VR46 academy member handled the demands of the Sachsenring that includes ten of the thirteen corners relentlessly hanging left. “This was one of the most difficult races of my career: the pace was very strong and we did laps within one or two tenths of a second and it was important to manage the tyre because we know that it gets very hot on the left side,” the 20 year old said. “I’m really happy and hope to be more consistent in the next races with better physical condition.”


There was one person in particular who was animated by Marini’s achievement. Half-brother Valentino Rossi was full of praise. “For sure it is something special, the first time,” he commented. “I tried to help my brother a lot during his career and I feel very much a part of it. He suffered a lot after dislocating his shoulder but he’s worked well and I am so happy and so proud.”


SKY Racing Team VR46 also had good reason to celebrate. For the first time in their short Moto2 existence both of their athletes have filled the MotoGP air with the sickly sweet aroma of podium champagne.