Seven-time MotoGP world champion Rossi’s VR46 Academy enjoyed a strong Andalusian GP weekend, with Rossi’s half-brother Luca Marini and teammate Marco Bezzecchi finishing second and third in the Moto2 race behind Enea Bastianini.
In Moto3, Celestino Vietti carved his way to third to secure his first podium of the campaign.
However, the post-race celebrations for all three proved eventful with Vietti requiring stitches in his hand when he broke the bottle of Prosecco he was handed on the podium.
Luca Marini, Sky Racing Team VR46
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Rossi "proud" of VR46 Academy riders
Pramac Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia and Petronas Yamaha rider Franco Morbidelli almost ensured VR46 Academy riders would make the podium in all three races, before technical issues late on in the MotoGP contest took both of them out.
Rossi says he was “proud” of the VR46 Academy’s efforts over the Andalusia GP weekend, while also noting they helped up through his own “frustrating” times in MotoGP of late.
“I am very proud of my guys, of our riders from the Academy because we are very close, we have a great relationship,” he added.
They never gave up, they always pushed me, and [being around] young guys make me [feel] more young.
“These two races, especially today, is a great moment for the Sky [VR46] team, because Marini, Bez, Vietti are on the podium, but also Franco and Pecco could have been on the podium without the problems.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Pramac Racing