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Luca Marini: Why he's more than just Valentino Rossi's brother Prime

Luca Marini: Why he's more than just Valentino Rossi's brother

Surname pressure is something many have had to deal with in their motorsport careers. And while Luca Marini doesn’t have that, his familial relation and the team he rides for in MotoGP have cast a brighter spotlight on his progress. But, as he has shown in 2022 – and as he reveals to Motorsport.com – Marini is so much more than just the brother of a legend.

MotoGP champion Bagnaia accepts criticism of fraught season

MotoGP world champion Francesco Bagnaia says he accepts the criticisms he faced across 2022 for mistakes he made on and off-track, but says “without mistakes you can’t grow”.

Sykes "pleasantly surprised" by return Kawasaki test

Tom Sykes says he was "pleasantly surprised" by his first test outing on Kawasaki World Superbike machinery since he split with the marque four years ago.

Darryn Binder was "victim” of RNF’s Yamaha MotoGP split

RNF Racing boss Razlan Razali says Moto2-bound Darryn Binder “was a victim” of the team’s split with Yamaha for the 2023 MotoGP season.

KTM admits it "pushed too many great Moto2 riders to MotoGP too quickly"

KTM motorsport boss Pit Beirer admits the manufacturer has “pushed too many great Moto2 riders too quickly into MotoGP” as it revises its line-up for 2023.

Marquez: MotoGP mustn't become like F1 where machinery matters more

Marc Marquez has warned MotoGP “needs to be careful” not to become like Formula 1, where he believes it’s become harder for drivers to make the difference over their cars.

Granado lands MIE Honda seat for 2023 WSBK season

The MIE Racing Honda team has announced Brazilian rider Eric Granado as its first signing for the 2023 World Superbike season.

Ducati proved MotoGP team order claims in 2022 were "bullshit"

Ducati boss Paolo Ciabatti says the marque proved in the final races of the 2022 MotoGP season that claims it deployed team orders to help its title bid were "bullshit".

British Superbike champion Ray secures WSBK graduation

British Superbike champion Bradley Ray will step up to World Superbike in 2023 after landing a ride with the Motoxracing Yamaha squad.

Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2022 Prime

Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2022

The 2022 MotoGP season was another hotly contested championship, with Francesco Bagnaia emerging as the title winner after the campaign went to the wire. Motorsport.com picks out the 10 best performers of the season

Petrucci explains why he chose WSBK over MotoAmerica

Danilo Petrucci has explained why he chose to switch to the World Superbike Championship for 2023 over a second campaign in MotoAmerica with Ducati.

Stoner could manage Ducati MotoGP bike better than electronics

Casey Stoner was able to manage his MotoGP world title-winning Ducati’s throttle and fuel consumption better than the electronics available in 2007, according to former crew chief Cristian Gabarrini.

Espargaro: Honda "wasted time and money on me" in 2022

Pol Espargaro believes Honda wasted "time and money on me" during the 2022 MotoGP season after the team stopped giving him new parts to test.

Tickets for F1 Spanish Grand Prix and Catalan MotoGP 2023 now on sale

Tickets for Barcelona’s two major motorsport events at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona next season are now available for fans to purchase.

Was the MotoGP 2022 title won by Bagnaia or lost by Quartararo? Prime

Was the MotoGP 2022 title won by Bagnaia or lost by Quartararo?

Reigning MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo had a 91-point lead over rival Francesco Bagnaia after the German Grand Prix, a seemingly impregnable gap to overcome in the remaining 10 races. But as the Frenchman struggled for pace with his Yamaha, Bagnaia stormed back into contention and swept to Ducati's first riders' title since 2007

Alex Marquez "felt at home" immediately on Ducati in test

New Gresini MotoGP rider Alex Marquez says he “felt at home” on the Ducati immediately during his first test of the bike in Valencia following the season finale.

Ex-MotoGP rider Petrucci secures WSBK move with Ducati

Two-time MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci will join the World Superbike Championship in 2023 after signing a deal with the Barni Ducati satellite team.

Marc Marquez announces Amazon Prime documentary

A new documentary charting Marc Marquez's recovery from injury will be released on Amazon Prime in February.

Marini feels “no pressure” from Valentino Rossi connection in MotoGP

VR46 Ducati rider Luca Marini says he has “no more pressure” racing in MotoGP despite being Valentino Rossi’s brother and this fact “doesn’t change so much” for him.

Why there's more to Honda's 2023 MotoGP bike than the Valencia test suggests

After a run on Honda's 2023 prototype MotoGP bike, six-time champion Marc Marquez made his pessimism clear with his initial reaction. But the Japanese marque has made leadership changes behind closed doors - and a more representative bike promised for the Malaysia test in February could placate Marquez.

Redding expected more from BMW after early season progress

Scott Redding had expected more improvements from BMW over the course of the 2022 World Superbike Championship after early-season progress propelled him to multiple podium finishes.

Gardner “glad I don’t need to get on” KTM MotoGP bike again

Ousted Tech 3 MotoGP rider Remy Gardner says he is “just glad I don’t have to get on” the KTM again, while the marque regrets how its relationship with him soured.

Crutchlow "has never seen Yamaha work as hard" on its 2023 MotoGP bike

Yamaha test rider Cal Crutchlow says he has “never seen” Yamaha “work as hard” as it has been this year on developing its 2023 MotoGP bike after a disappointing 2022.

Razgatlioglu's season ends with "strange" lack of pace

Yamaha rider Toprak Razgatlioglu has described his lack of pace in the final World Superbike race of the season as "strange", as he capped off his title defence with a muted run to fourth at Phillip Island.

Rea wasn't prepared to make Bautista's "ballsy" tyre gamble

Jonathan Rea admits he was not prepared to make the same "ballsy" gamble on a slick tyre as World Superbike champion Alvaro Bautista in Sunday's Superpole race at Phillip Island.

Laverty hospitalised after crash in farewell WSBK race

Eugene Laverty has been hospitalised with a pelvic injury following a crash in his farewell World Superbike race at Phillip Island on Sunday.

Phillip Island WSBK: Bautista beats Rea in red-flagged finale

Alvaro Bautista beat Jonathan Rea to win the final World Superbike race of the season at Phillip Island, as the red flags were shown with a handful of laps remaining.

Phillip Island WSBK: Tyre gamble propels Bautista to SP race win

Alvaro Bautista won the final Superpole race of the World Superbike season at Phillip Island after making an inspired decision to start on slick tyres on a rapidly drying track.

Lowes "missed an opportunity" to win with pitstop timing

Alex Lowes admits that an opportunity to win his first World Superbike race in almost three years at Phillip Island slipped through his fingers as a result of pitting to change to slick tyres too late in Saturday's opening race.

Phillip Island WSBK: Rea ends winless run in wet/dry thriller

Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea ended a 24-race winless run in World Superbike after coming out on top in a wet/dry opening race of the weekend at Phillip Island.

Phillip Island WSBK: Bautista beats Rea to pole

Alvaro Bautista scored only the second pole position of his title-winning World Superbike season after beating Jonathan Rea to the top spot in qualifying for this weekend's season finale at Phillip Island.

Phillip Island WSBK: Rea quickest for Kawasaki in Friday practice

Jonathan Rea led the way for Kawasaki in Friday practice for the World Superbike Championship finale at Phillip Island, as the series returned to Australia for the first time in three years.

Nagashima replaces injured Lecuona for WSBK finale

Tetsuta Nagashima has been drafted in by Honda to replace an injured Iker Lecuona for the final round of the 2022 World Superbike season in Australia this weekend.

Oliveira “didn’t do what I wanted to” with KTM in MotoGP

Miguel Oliveira leaves KTM on good terms but admits he “didn’t do what I wanted in terms of results” as he departs for Aprilia and RNF for the 2023 season.

Why new MotoGP champion Bagnaia has a stronger character than it seems Prime

Why new MotoGP champion Bagnaia has a stronger character than it seems

While new MotoGP champion Francesco Bagnaia might not be the loudest rider on the grid, his calm exterior belies a steely backbone. His part in turning around Ducati's fortunes at the start of the year, when displeased with a new engine concept, shows the strength of his character.

Defeated Rea, Razgatlioglu applaud "benchmark" Bautista

Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu have paid tribute to newly-crowned World Superbike champion Alvaro Bautista after their hopes of overhauling the Ducati rider finally came to an end last weekend at Mandalika.

Bautista glad to repay Ducati faith after tough Honda years

Newly-crowned World Superbike champion Alvaro Bautista has expressed his delight at being able to repay Ducati for its faith after two miserable seasons riding for Honda.

Indonesia WSBK: Bautista seals first Ducati title since 2011

Ducati's Alvaro Bautista wrapped up his maiden World Superbike title with a round to spare in the final race of the weekend at Mandalika with a second-place finish behind Toprak Razgatlioglu.

Indonesia WSBK: Razgatlioglu beats Rea in Superpole race

Toprak Razgatlioglu fended off a stiff challenge from Jonathan Rea to pick up another World Superbike victory in Sunday morning's Superpole race at Mandalika, as points leader Alvaro Bautista could only manage fourth.

Lecuona to miss Phillip Island finale after Indonesia crash

Honda World Superbike rider Iker Lecuona will miss next week's final round of the season at Phillip Island following the crash that has ruled him out of this weekend's Mandalika round.

Indonesia WSBK: Razgatlioglu wins, Bautista closes on title

Yamaha's Toprak Razgatlioglu won the opening World Superbike race of the weekend at Mandalika as Alvaro Bautista closed in on a first championship title with a second-place finish.

Indonesia WSBK: Razgatlioglu smashes lap record for pole

Yamaha's Toprak Razgatlioglu obliterated the lap record at Mandalika to score pole position for this weekend's penultimate round of the World Superbike season.

Honda using 'super concessions' upgrade for Indonesia

Honda World Superbike team boss Leon Camier has revealed that the Japanese marque is already using an upgrade granted to it under the championship's new 'super concessions' rules.

Indonesia WSBK: Bautista leads Razgatlioglu in practice

Ducati's Alvaro Bautista beat Toprak Razgatlioglu to top the opening day of practice for this weekend's penultimate round of the World Superbike season at Mandalika.

How MotoGP fans will get the VIP treatment in 2023

Riders on track in MotoGP have treated fans to one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory, with unpredictable races and the up-and-down nature of the fierce title battle.

Bautista not anxious to seal WSBK title early in Mandalika

Alvaro Bautista says he does not feel any pressure to seal his maiden World Superbike crown for Ducati with a round to spare this weekend at Mandalika.

Why Bagnaia's MotoGP triumph is as worthy as Stoner's Ducati breakthrough Prime

Why Bagnaia's MotoGP triumph is as worthy as Stoner's Ducati breakthrough

OPINION: Despite the superiority exhibited by the Ducati in 2022, the context in which Francesco Bagnaia became MotoGP world champion means that both the rider and the Italian marque merit the same recognition that the brand and Casey Stoner received after their 2007 title

Ducati: Valentino Rossi MotoGP era of team “left a lot of wounds”

Ducati MotoGP boss Paolo Ciabatti says the marque’s path to the 2022 title “was not easy” as the Valentino Rossi era of the team “left a lot of wounds”.

Quartararo surprised by lack of MotoGP engine progress by Yamaha

Fabio Quartararo was left "disappointed" with Tuesday's MotoGP test in Valencia after a new specification of Yamaha engine failed to produce the initial gains promised.

Marini heads Valencia 2023 MotoGP pre-season test, Bastianini crashes

VR46 rider Luca Marini topped the 2023 pre-season test in Valencia on Tuesday as new factory Ducati rider Enea Bastianini crashed.

Marquez: Honda unable to fight for 2023 MotoGP title with test bike

Marc Marquez says Honda will not be able to fight for the 2023 MotoGP world championship on the bike it brought to the Valencia test.

Marquez: Mir and Rins must learn to live with Honda crashes

Marc Marquez says incoming ex-Suzuki duo Alex Rins and Joan Mir must learn to live with crashes as Honda MotoGP riders in 2023.

World Superbike announces 12-round calendar for 2023

World Superbike has revealed a 12-round calendar for the 2023 season that will see it visit Oceania, Europe, Asia and South America.

Sykes secures 2023 WSBK return with Puccetti Kawasaki

One-time World Superbike champion Tom Sykes will return to the grid in 2023 following a year’s absence after signing a contract with the Puccetti Kawasaki team.

Crutchlow: Quartararo the best rider in MotoGP right now

Cal Crutchlow says outgoing MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo “is the best rider on the grid” and thinks nobody could do what he has done on the M1.

Marquez says MotoGP Valencia crash due to "braking too late"

Marc Marquez says his MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix crash was caused by him braking too late and struggling with torque problems.

Why the 2022 MotoGP season had a bittersweet ending

OPINION: MotoGP’s fifth last round showdown of the modern era delivered a tense finale despite the predictable outcome, as Francesco Bagnaia ended 15 years of pain for Ducati. But as emotions ran high for the Italian marque, a final victory for a departing Japanese rival tinged the campaign’s conclusion with sadness.

Mir: No publicity campaign will replicate what MotoGP gave Suzuki

Honda-bound 2020 world champion Joan Mir still doesn’t understand Suzuki’s decision to quit MotoGP, and says “no publicity campaign” will replicate what MotoGP gave the marque.

Valencia MotoGP finale “worst day of my career” – Aleix Espargaro

Aleix Espargaro says the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix was the “worst day of my sporting career”, as an engine issue stopped him from fighting for third in the MotoGP standings.

How the VR46 Academy moulded Bagnaia into a MotoGP world champion

MotoGP world champion Francesco Bagnaia has credited Valentino Rossi’s VR46 Academy for helping him become a title winner in 2022.