Why Bezzecchi shunned a factory MotoGP bike for Valentino Rossi's dream team
In the 2024 rider market, the double grand prix winner Bezzecchi was considered for the Pramac seat. However, Ducati made it clear that he could only ride a factory-spec GP24 if he joined Pramac, while VR46 Racing would have year-old machinery. Rossi urged Bezzecchi to stay with VR46, and he ultimately chose to extend his contract with them for one year. Bezzecchi emphasized the importance of the human side of the team and the strong relationship he had built over the years. He also mentioned the support he receives from Ducati and expressed confidence in their assistance. The decision to prioritize the human aspect was supported by reigning world champion Bagnaia. They believe that the human side is crucial for success in racing, as demonstrated by riders like Marco Simoncelli, Rossi, and Marquez. Riding an older bike with a supportive team can still lead to competitive performances.