Luca Marini: Things went a little better every weekend


Luca Marini looks back on his first MotoGP year. Although he was only able to keep up with his teammate Enea Bastianini in the rarest of cases, Valentino Rossi’s brother still draws a satisfied conclusion.

Luca Marini didn’t have it easy in his first MotoGP year. Mostly he was in the shadow of his teammate Enea Bastianini. While the Moto2 champion crowned a strong second half of the season with two podium places (both Misano GP), Marini did not even make it into the points seven times. At the end of the day, the two Italian promoted teams were separated by 61 points.

Still, Marini is happy with its development. “I’m pretty happy with the result in Austria, because I was lucky, but I also showed courage and was fully focused so as not to make any mistakes.” In adverse conditions, in the final phase it started raining heavily, Marini finished fifth.

Like Bastianini, however, he experienced his best weekends in Misano: “On the second weekend in particular, I was consistently among the top five or six drivers and finished ninth. It was a really good weekend and I’m proud of that. “

He wants to continue on his path in 2022, because with another look back, the 24-year-old explains: “Every weekend it went a little better. If I look back on the whole season, then it is. To be honest, I had big problems at the beginning, then I started to improve steadily. At halftime it was a bit sobering, but then there was another leap in performance and I’m happy with that. “

Again and again in his rookie year, Marini said that Valentino Rossi was an important support in the paddock. «It was a great pleasure for me to share his last season with him. I’m really proud to have arrived in MotoGP early enough. So I was able to spend some time with him on the track, »he says.

In 2022, Marini will have to do without Rossi – at least on the track. In the paddock and in the family environment, however, brother Valentino Rossi will certainly continue to be at your side with advice and action, especially since Marini is under contract with his mentor’s racing team.

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