Marco Bezzecchi on the VR46 Ducati
After months of back and forth, it has been confirmed that Aramco will not be sponsoring the VR46 Racing Team in MotoGP.
Earlier this year, Tanal Entertainment Sport & Media announced that Saudi Arabia’s state oil giant would take the naming rights to the VR46 Racing Team in 2022.
However, just one day after that announcement, Aramco denied any involvement with Tanal Entertainment Sport & Media or the team despite Rossi claiming a deal had been made.
A long saga followed with suggestions that the VR46 team had been sold, sponsorship pledges of $ 18 million, followed by a press conference that did not appear at HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Saud’s press conference. Tanal Entertainment Sport & Media.
Now, it appears that the Aramco saga is over, with Italian company Mooney confirming that it has taken over the team’s naming rights.
“Mooney, the first Italian banking and proximity payments company, will be the new main sponsor of the VR46 Racing Team, the motorcycle team created by Valentino Rossi and that competes in the MotoGP and Moto2 World Championship,” read a release.
“Following the agreement, the new team name will be Mooney VR46 Racing Team and it will be used on all team images (including bikes and suits) and in all official communications.
“More information to be revealed on January 3.”
Italian duo Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi will race for the Mooney VR46 Racing Team in a pair of Ducati Desmosedici GP21s.
The team will be led by Pablo Nieto, the Moto2 team director of the squad.