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Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT, Luca Marini, Esponsorama Racing
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The unexpected Rossi/Ducati MotoGP sequel offering redemption

A decade after first linking up with Ducati in what turned out to be an ill-fated period in his MotoGP career, Valentino Rossi has joined forces with the Italian marque once more - this time as a team owner. And the VR46/Ducati tie-up beginning in 2022 has the potential to right the wrongs of Rossi and Ducati's nadir of 2011/2012.

Before you get your keyboards out, yes, Valentino Rossi’s VR46 MotoGP team becoming a Ducati satellite squad in 2022 isn’t an unexpected announcement as all fingers have pointed towards the tie-up for a few weeks now.

What is unexpected is the fact that Valentino Rossi and Ducati are rekindling their relationship at all after the nine-time grand prix world champion’s switch to the Italian marque in 2011 proved to be an unmitigated disaster – a dream partnership that turned into a nightmare and crumbled under the weight of mediocrity that characterised the Desmosedicis of the that period. 

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