Pertamina, title sponsor of the Indonesian MotoGP round and SAG Moto2 team, is ‘in discussions’ to replace Mooney as main sponsor of Valentino Rossi’s
Mooney, who joined the VR46 premier-class project last season, may be reducing its sponsorship for 2024 due to the lack of expected backing from Aramco. eBay has been rumored as a potential replacement, but Indonesian oil and gas company Pertamina has also confirmed that it is in talks with VR46 to become the main sponsor. While there is a plan for Pertamina to sponsor VR46, it has not been officially confirmed yet, according to the Vice President of Pertamina Lubricants, Fadjar Djoko Santoso. VR46, which operates with Ducati machinery, has achieved its first MotoGP race wins this season with Marco Bezzecchi and presently holds third place in the world championship. Luca Marini, Rossi’s brother and Bezzecchi’s teammate, is currently in sixth place and achieved his first MotoGP podium finish at COTA. For the upcoming season, VR46 is expected to maintain the same rider lineup, with Bezzecchi likely to stay with VR46 and decline the opportunity for factory machines with Pramac.