In the early 2000s, the MotoGP world championship was filled with the majority of Italian riders. But in the last decade, Italian riders began to lose their position and were replaced by Spanish riders. Practically only Valentino Rossi who is still competitive.
This situation finally strengthened Rossi’s determination to build his own racing academy in 2014. Which later the racing academy was known as the VR46 academy. Rossi’s decision can be said to be very precise.
The reason is that with the racing academy, the Italian national racers now have a “school” to raise their level before jump in the Moto3, Moto2, or even MotoGP class.
The V46 racing academy itself contains eight to 10 talented young riders from Italy. In addition to establishing a racing academy, Rossi also decided to build a racing team with the name Sky Racing in the Moto3 class in 2014, then Moto2 in the 2017 season.
Rossi’s decision meant that the riders who graduated from the VR46 racing academy did not need to fear the chance to appear in the Moto3 or Moto2 class in the future. Again Rossi’s decision bore fruit.
Because only in the debut season appearing in Moto2, the Sky Racing Team has succeeded in bringing their riders to the world title by Franco Morbidelli. Morbidelli’s success also made him recruited by the Marc VDS Honda Team to appear in the 2018 MotoGP class.
Meanwhile, in Moto2 2018, Francesco Bagnaia emerged as a world champion. Bagnaia, who appeared so impressive, managed to beat his competitors to win the Moto2 2018 world title. This situation also made the Pramac Ducati Team fall in love and recruited him as their racer in the 2019 MotoGP.
The chance of the Sky Racing Team to continue their dominance in the Moto2 class this season is very wide open, considering that Luca Marini is now in the top position in the Moto2 standings. While the progress of Morbidelli and Bagnaia in the MotoGP class can be said to be quite promising.
Even in the latest race that took place at the Misano Circuit, Morbidelli and Bagnaia were able to finish in first and second position. This impressive record was also followed by Marini and Marco Bezzecchi who recorded similar achievements at the Moto2 San Marino 2020.
If you look at the progress of Morbidelli, Bagnaia, Marini, and Bezzecchi, it is only natural that observers think that Italy now has a very bright future in the MotoGP event. Yes, all thanks to the persistence of Rossi as the mentor of these riders.