Marco Bezzecchi Reveals Who His Biggest Helper On The MotoGP grid Is
Marco Bezzecchi starts his second year in MotoGP in March. The Italian explains who helped him the most during his MotoGP time.
In 2023, Marco Bezzecchi hopes to top his already terrific rookie season in his second year in the premier class.
The reigning Rookie of the Year hopes for a more consistent performance near the Top 5. In 2022 the 24-year-old scored an astonishing 111 points and even finished the Assen TT on the podium.
Bezzecchi’s talent does not come by chance. The pole sitter at last year’s Thai Grand Prix is happy to train with other MotoGP greats like world champion Pecco Bagnaia at the VR46 Rider Academy right on his doorstep.
Bagnaia is one of Bezzecchi’s biggest supporters anyway, he says: “We have a very good relationship, so it’s good to train together and just spend time together.”
“He helps me so much, he takes great care of me. That’s why we have such a great relationship, I really consider myself very lucky.”
Besides training, he says the Academy members are friends outside of motorcycling – a lot of time is spent together.
“For example, we go to dinner together, we almost always talk about motorbikes. I can tell him everything, and vice versa.”
“But I don’t only have a good relationship with Pecco, also with Franco Morbidelli, ‘Maro’ [Marini] and everyone else in the Academy.”
The fact that, apart from Franco Morbidelli, they all ride a variant of the Desmosedici helps enormously.
“Of course it’s good if you also ride the same bike because you have a good reference. Pecco is the best in the world – until the end of this season. Then we’ll see if he stays that way.”
More Races, More Training
The success of the Academy proves Bagnaia and Co. right, but they did not rest over the winter. They even changed the training schedule a little with a view to the 42-race-long season.
“The training is a bit different, of course, but above all a bit more. It’s not about the number of laps on a weekend, that remains almost unchanged.
“But a race is always a race. Even if it is shorter, the intensity of driving is different. So we had to train a bit more. But you train hard every winter anyway.”