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Gresini adds another sponsor to the MotoGP project in 2022 | MotoGP

After Gresini Racing previously announced Flex-Box as the title sponsor for its new Ducati MotoGP project 2022, Gresini Racing is adding more names to the fairings.

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Chinese carburetor and fuel injection manufacturer YOUALL is the youngest company to join the project where young Italians Enea Bastianini and Fabio di Giannantonio will drive the GP21-based Desmosedicis.

“We’ve had a partnership with YOUALL for four years on our Moto3 project, and when the move to the premier class became available, they were among the first to take it on,” said Carlo Merlini, Commercial and Marketing Director of Gresini Racing.

The MotoGP Flex-Box Gresini project marks a fresh start for the Italian team as it returns to fully independent status as Aprilia’s factory entry after the last seven seasons.

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While the RS-GP project had the best result with sixth place, Gresini still remains the most successful of the current independent teams on paper because of his previous Honda satellite partnership.

The team won 14 races between 2002 and 2006 and was runner-up three times, with Sete Gibernau (2003 and 2004) and Marco Melandri (2005).

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Gresini’s last podium in the premier class was in 2013 with Alvaro Bautista, but more recently the late Fausto Gresini’s team won the Moto3 crown in 2018 (with Jorge Martin) and the 2019 MotoE title (Matteo Ferrari).

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MotoGP, Quartararo is not concentrating on the championship standings, wants to go season after race

Quartararo returns to the track with the platonic title of “summer champion”. The French from Yamaha is currently leading the MotoGP standings, 34 points from Zarco and 47 points from Bagnaia, but on paper he has two tough weekends ahead of him. The Red Bull Ring is certainly not the best track for the M1, while Ducati in Austria was only beaten once by Oliveira’s KTM.

However, Fabio certainly does not want to start with a defeatist attitude and knows very well that Yamaha can help on a track where performance matters.

“I’m really happy to be racing again – Quartararo is starting – I was fine during the summer break and it was nice to rest a bit, but now I just want to get back on my bike. I want to drive the season race by race, so I’m not too focused on the overall standings. My main goal is simply to do a good job in Austria this weekend and the next. We know the Red Bull Ring isn’t the best track on the calendar for us, but I’ve been on the podium here in the past so we also know it’s possible to fight for the top spots. We will do our best”.

For Vinales, the holidays were an opportunity to take a break after hearing the news of his departure from Yamaha. The Spaniard has not yet decided what his future will look like (even if Aprilia’s door is wide open) and in the meantime has to think about ending this year in the best possible way.

“The races in Austria last year were eventful, to say the least, and the results were not what we were hoping for – Maverick remembers the terrible accident he had when he was unbraked on the first corner – but overall the feeling wasn’t a shame. We will of course do our utmost to get the second half of the 2021 season off to the best possible start. I’ve been training a lot over the past few weeks so I feel great! The next two races will probably not be the easiest for us, but at Assen we showed that we have great potential. We’ve had some good races in Spielberg in the past, especially in 2019, so I think we can do a good job again. “

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MotoGP, Agostini: “I was gone and went back to Bergamo. Immense heartache”

Giacomo Agostini lives the coronavirus emergency on the front line. The man from Bergamo experiences the suffering of his city and despite all means and opportunities to move elsewhere during this time, he has decided not to run away, but rather to stay in his beloved and at the time tormented Bergamo.

The great champion of the best guns of the past has always been tenacity and unassailable determination as a racing driver, and when he retired from the sport, he showed that same attitude afterwards. Our colleagues at Sky Sport got in touch with him for a video interview and, as always, the great Giacomo sent a message to everyone who asked about their overall responsibility.

“Terrible. I was gone, but I decided to go back to Bergamo – said Agostini – and locked myself in at home, stay here under ‘house arrest’ because I have all my belongings; this is the house where I lived for many years so I didn’t want to stay away. But the situation is very critical: I have a lump in my throat when I hear the ambulance sirens go by at night. It is a very sad state, especially in Bergamo, the epicenter “.

The former racing driver also commented on the behavior of some of the his fellow citizens, who, despite all recent prohibitions and the appeal to common sense, continue to leave their homes with no real need.

“You’re stupid. It’s not about saying, ‘But only me out there’: Of course it’s only you, because there are other people who, unlike you, respect the rules! I don’t think that’s right. Each of us must make our own personal sacrifice. Together we can win this war “.

Agostini also spoke about the topic of sports stop and in particular MotoGP.

“For someone like me who loves this sport, it brings immense grief. The excitement that the races still give me today, even if I just watch them. Waiting for Sunday to see who wins, who is the best. I miss everything very much, but we have to realize that it was an unimaginable misfortune. With the state of medicine and technology, I never thought that a virus could bring us to our knees. We will be able to defeat it, but at the moment we only see the dead, every day there is only great sadness. We will get out of it, but it will be a long time because when it is over we will not be able to go back to our old habits right away. Even at grands prix and sporting events: we cannot think of bringing tens of thousands of people together because the whole world is in crisis, not just Italy. That’s the big problem: even if the infections start to decline, there will still be sick people, so not only do we have to wait for the transmission to stop, but for everyone to be cured.

At some point, however, the races will resume and Ago is convinced that this stop will not affect the values ​​much.

“Everyone will start at the same level in the sense that they are all a little less in shape than before: Instead of lapping in 1m30s, they will lap in 1m31s; That’s okay, but the best will always win. Then they are all young, that makes the difference. “

Agostini cannot hide that he is also a little scared at this delicate moment and invites everyone to respect the rules.

“Naturally, There is a little fear given the suffering the sick feel and the way we die. But I also have confidence because I locked myself in at home, I respect the rules and everyone should respect them. It is a great sacrifice, but if we do everything together we will get out of this situation, otherwise we will drag the problem out for many more months ”.

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MotoGP, Lorenzo Gresini denies the news of the death of his father Fausto: “Today is not his day”

Lorenzo Gresini has kept everyone informed via his Facebook page about the condition of his father Fausto, who has been fighting against Covid-19 since the end of 2020, reports on the death of his father.

“I want to thank the press for being so tactful in communicating and distributing unconfirmed news, you really are vultures! My great father is very sick, but his day won’t be today.”

The GPOne editorial team apologizes to their readers, and especially to Fausto Gresini’s family, for helping to spread a message that later turned out to be false.

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MotoGP, Di Giannatonio’s dream: child on 996, driver on Ducati MotoGP

After the agreement between the Gresini and Ducati was announced, Fabio Di Giannantonio posted an emblematic image on his social media profiles: he was a child with his mother on his father’s 996 that of my family“, Explained the rider from Rome. “It all started with this photo. I was little on my father’s bike. A Ducati.

A sign of fate, you could say. A beautiful story that will come true in a few months when Diggia mounts the Desmosedici.

It will be fantastic to be in MotoGP with the best riders in the world and the bike of my dreams, “he said.” But first I want more podiums and victories in Moto2 to come into MotoGP as well prepared as possible. “

At this moment there will surely be a rider for Fausto who put his trust in him last year by putting his transition to the premier class on paper in 2022.

“In the first races of the year there were a lot of emotions after what happened,” he remembers the death of his mentor. “We all decided together to carry on together for our dream and Fausto’s: to be among the best in Moto2 and then to advance to MotoGP. We want to make him proud. “

The next year he ends up with an old friend at his side: Bastianini, with whom he had already shared the garage in the Gresini team for Moto3.

“It will be fun to be with Enea again. We have grown together since the days of the minibikes. “

The only problem will be choosing the new number, because twenty-one is already occupied by Morbidelli.

“I could ask Franco to change his number, but I already know it won’t work,” Di Giannnatonio said jokingly. “Four was my first number in 2016, but I also like 32 because it’s the number my brother used when he was little, but it’s Savadori’s. I’m thinking about it.”

Quartararo meanwhile wished Fabio the best of luck.

“Di Giannantonio’s driving style is very precise and sweet. That’s important for MotoGP, ”said the Frenchman. “I think it will be fine. I was also in the same situation as him. I signed up to switch to MotoGP at the Sachsenring. The most important thing for him now is to focus on this season. He’ll have a lot of fun in the first MotoGP test, especially on the straights! “

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