Uccio Salucci Reveals Marco Bezzecchi Plans For 2024
After his terrific performances, Marco Bezzecchi is becoming a hot commodity in MotoGP. Uccio Salucci reveals the 2024 plans for the young Italian.
Since Marco Bezzecchi’s outstanding start to his second MotoGP season, the Italian has become a much sought-after commodity. Rumors have emerged in the last week that Ducati is planning to bring the current second in the standings to the Pramac Ducati team in 2024.
Either Jorge Martin, who has been repeatedly linked to Yamaha in recent weeks, or team-mate Johann Zarco would have to make way for him.
Given the Ducati riders’ strength, VR46 Racing Team Director Uccio Salucci would prefer to keep Bezzecchi in his team. In an interview with gpone.com he explains:
“Both our riders wanted to become top six riders and at the same time help the team – we got there so far. Considering Marco [Bezzecchi] I have already spoken to Dall’Igna a couple of times and I told him I would like him to stay in our team with a factory bike and a direct contract with Ducati.”
Team boss Valentino Rossi’s team would like to see both riders promoted to the Ducati factory team in the future. A diversion via another satellite team for one rider would be a disappointment.
Salucci explains: “Our team works to ensure that our riders go to the factory team, the project was born for that. It would be wrong for us to keep a rider for his entire career. However, we don’t want to work for another satellite team. If Ducati wants to put him [Marco Bezzecchi] on the Pramac bike, I wouldn’t be happy.”
The Italian would prefer to have at least one bike with full factory support, as he did in 2022. Last season, Luca Marini was given a then-current GP22, but in 2023 the 25-year-old had to do without the latest Desmosedici.
“We have last year’s bike now, and we will even get an updated package in Mugello.” Despite the partial support from the Ducati crew, Salucci wants at least one factory Desmosedici again for 2024.
The team surrounding Salucci can already be satisfied with this year’s season. After the first MotoGP victory in Argentina, Marco Bezzecchi followed suit in Le Mans. He confirmed that the success of the VR46 team was not a one-off.
In Salucci’s eyes, however, whether the team can repeat the successes of the past is of secondary importance for the first time. “I speak from the bottom of my heart: I’ll be happy wherever we finish, however it goes it will be a success. We don’t expect certain results and we’ll see what will happen.”