World news – Marini is hoping to give older brother Rossi an uphill battle in his first MotoGP season

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The youngster is ready to compete in his first MotoGP race this weekend in Qatar after making an impressive appearance in the Moto 2 Championship last season.

Published: March 26, 2021 2:06 AM |

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MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi has played against riders for generations and many seasons, but the new season will see him face a very special rival.

Luca Marini, his maternal half-brother, will compete in his first season in MotoGP for the Avintia Esponsorama Ducati team. The 23-year-old is looking forward to competing against his big brother.

« It will be special to be on the track with Vale at the same time. We spend a lot of time together and I have him from the paddock as a child Now it’s very special to share this moment with him, « he told Marini.

The youngster is ready to compete in his first MotoGP race this weekend in Qatar, after having one last season had an impressive performance in the Moto 2 championship.

The Sky VR46 rider is confident that, in addition to the seven-time MotoGP champion, he can deliver a good fight to all other riders.

« I want to be as fast as him be and stay close to him and follow him and understand all the secrets he has with his great experience. I’ll also try to beat him too. I know it’s not easy but I think I can push him to perform better gen, « he added.

Marini has made it clear that his goal is to be the rookie of the year and his main focus is on that.

 » I would try to be good from the start Getting results but it’s difficult because MotoGP is very competitive. I want to be the strongest rookie, even though everyone will have the same goal. I’ll try to beat them, « he said.

When asked about Rossi’s chances this season, Marini felt the 42-year-old Petronas Yamaha rider would be on the podium this year.

« Vale can fight for podiums this season. And I hope I can fight with him in some races, « he said.

One of the notable absentee at the Qatar GP will be Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, but reigning World Champion Joan Mir will try to defend his title on the Losail International Circuit.

Marini believes it is possible to see a new champion this season as Suzukis Mir took the crown last season.

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