Casey Stoner praised the talent of this Valentino Rossi protege, now it’s really proven


Valentino Rossi ‘s team , the Mooney VR46 team, immediately tasted the podium in the inaugural year of the MotoGP event. It is thanks to one of the students of the VR46 academy which is also owned by Valentino Rossi , Marco Bezzecchi.

Marco Bezzecchi fantastically finished second in the Dutch MotoGP race at the Assen Circuit last Sunday (26/06/2022).

Marco Bezzecchi himself went up to the MotoGP class in 2022 without the title of world champion Moto2. He ended Moto2 2021 in third place in the standings.

But many believe, Marco Bezzecchi’s talent will be more suited to the MotoGP bike. One who believes in it is two-time MotoGP world champion, Casey Stoner.

Casey Stoner’s Praise Casey Stoner spoke last year, or when Marco Bezzecchi was still in the Moto2 class, that the 23-year-old had something special.

“Bezzecchi has something, maybe so special, but I haven’t seen enough in Moto2 2021,” said Stoner.

“I saw something in him, the racing line he was on, I didn’t see anyone else doing it.”

“I want to see what he can do on a more powerful MotoGP bike.” Now Casey Stoner’s praise of Marco Bezzecchi has really been proven in the 2022 MotoGP event. The second Dutch MotoGP podium is only one indication of his greatness.

Because now he is also the best rookie temporarily and has more impressive achievements than his teammate who already has experience in MotoGP, Luca Marini.

Marco Bezzecchi is one of the debut racers in MotoGP 2022. Defending the Mooney VR46 Racing Team with Luca Marini, Bezzecchi is a student of the legend, Valentino Rossi .

Marco Bezzecchi is one of the five 2022 MotoGP rookies . Besides Bezzecchi, there are also Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez (Tech3 KTM Factory Racing), Darryn Binder (WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team), and Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing MotoGP).

Bezzecchi who was born in Rimini, Italy, on November 12, 1998 is a student of Valentino Rossi at the VR46 Riders Academy.

Bezzecchi made his Moto3 World Championship debut in 2015 as a wild-card rider . He finished 26th in Qatar, then failed to finish the race at home, the Italian GP.

After four seasons competing in Moto3, Marco Bezzecchi then moved up to Moto2. His first team in Moto2 was Red Bull KTM Tech3.

Bezzecchi’s first season in Moto2 didn’t go well. He can only collect 17 points and is ranked 23rd. Bezzecchi’s performance then improved after moving to the SKY Racing Team VR46 team. He was ranked 4th in the world in 2020, then 3rd in 2021.

Think of a motorbike as a girlfriend, give it a special name

Just like Valentino Rossi who became his teacher, Marco Bezzecchi’s love for motorcycle racing is also very big.

Bezzecchi showed this love by giving a special name to the Ducati Desmosedici GP21 motorbike which he considered his lover.

For information, the Ducati Desmosedici GP21 will be riding Marco Bezzecchi in MotoGP 2022. Bezzecchi gave the name “Marianna” to his motorbike.

“Yes, it is a combination of the names of Maria and Anna,” said Bezzecchi, as quoted by from GPOne .

“I thought about this idea with the team, but most of all I thought about it with my real girlfriend at home, Chiara,”

added the 23-year-old rider. “Having two bikes, I’m like having two girlfriends and it feels like a bad person. Therefore, we made a name that can be put together. We thought about this name all last winter,”

said Bezzecchi. Marco Bezzecchi’s first action riding the Desmosedici GP21 ended with quite impressive results. In the Shakedown Test at the Sepang Circuit, Monday (31/1/2022), Bezzecchi was able to rank sixth.