Seven-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi and his VR46 team have inked a three-year deal with Ducati for 2022-2024, his team announced Thursday.
The team will race under the name “Aramco Racing Team VR46”, to include mention of the Saudi oil giant, who are involved as part of the kingdom’s Vision 2030 framework to reduce Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil and diversify its economy in part through sport and entertainment.
VR46 already had shown their commitment to the category with a five-year accord running to 2026 with promotor Dorna Sports
Rossi, now 42, has not made a podium to date this season, with a best position of tenth 12 years on from the last of his top category crowns.
With an eye to bringing on future stars he has founded the VR46 Riders Academy, set up in 2013 to bring on young Italian talent including, for MotoGP, 23-year-old hope Luca Marini.