Luca Marini (born 10 August 1997) is an Italian motorcycle racer, contracted to race for Mooney VR46 Racing Team in MotoGP during 2022. He is the maternal half-brother of Valentino Rossi,[1] and finished as runner-up in the 2020 Moto2 World Championship.

Luca Marini
Podio Moto2 - Luca Marini (cropped).jpg
Marini in 2015
NationalityItalian
Born (1997-08-10) 10 August 1997 (age 24)
Urbino, Italy
Current teamMooney VR46 Racing Team
Bike number10
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years2021
ManufacturersDucati
Championships0
2021 championship position19th (41 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
25 0 0 0 0 62
Moto2 World Championship
Active years20152020
ManufacturersKalex
Championships0
2020 championship position2nd (196 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
87 6 15 5 5 626
Moto3 World Championship
Active years2013
ManufacturersFTR Honda
Championships0
2013 championship positionNC (0 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
1 0 0 0 0 0

CareerEdit

Moto3 World ChampionshipEdit

Marini made his début in the Moto3 World Championship at the 2013 San Marino and Rimini Riviera motorcycle Grand Prix as a wildcard, failing to finish the race.

Moto2 World ChampionshipEdit

In 2015, he got another wildcard entry at the same place, this time in the Moto2 class with Pons Racing Junior Team aboard a Kalex, finishing the race in 21st place.

Forward Team (2016–2017)Edit

2016Edit

In 2016, Marini was signed by the Forward Team to compete full-time in the same class; he got his first Grand Prix points in Qatar, where he finished in 10th place, and his best result in Germany, where he had a 6th place finish. Marini still remained with the team for

2017Edit

In 2017, Marini was signed Forward Team. Finished in 4th place, Czech Republic.

Sky Racing Team VR46 (2018–2020)Edit

2018Edit
 
Marini at Brno in 2018

In 2018, Marini achieved his first podium in Germany and his first victory in Malaysia.

2019Edit

In 2019, he secured two podiums in Mugello and Assen, leading to back-to-back wins at Thailand and Japan.

2020Edit

In 2020 Marini became a contender for the championship title along with Enea Bastianini and Sam Lowes, first round of the moto2 season saw Marini Retire at Qatar but would clinch his first place win at the second round at the Spanish Grand Prix and claim a second place finish in Jerez , with point scores at Brno in 4th place and another second place finish at the Austrian Grand Prix and a point finish in Styria before claiming his second win at Misano and a third win at the Catalan Grand Prix with the previous round being a 4th place finish.

Marini finished the French Grand Prix outside the points area in 18th and at Aragon saw the Italian high side off his bike and retiring from the race with Lowes taking the first place win and two more wins the next rounds with Marini finishing the same three rounds of the Teruel motorcycle Grand Prix, the European Grand Prix and Valencian Grand Prix in 11th, 6th and 5th place respectively and finishing 2nd in Portugal behind Remy Gardner who would claim first place

Marini finished the 2020 Moto2 season as the championship runner up with 196 points with over three wins and three 2nd place finishes which put Marini ahead of Lowes who had scored exactly the same points as Marini but Lowes claimed third and Marini second at the final race which meant that Marini was ahead of Lowes by rule, with Bastianini being nine points ahead of both Lowes and Marini respectively.

MotoGP World ChampionshipEdit

Sky VR46 Avintia (2021)Edit

For 2021 Luca Marini moved to the MotoGP class joining the Esponsorama Avintia team along with 2020 Moto2 Champion Enea Bastianini, Marini however would use the Sky VR46 livery on his bike while Bastianini would use Avintia Liveries

For the first two rounds of his rookie season at Qatar, Marini ended up finishing 16th and 18th respectively on the grid outside the points area while his teammate Bastianini finished 10th and 11th the first two rounds. Portimao saw improvement for Marini as he managed to make it into Q2 of Qualifying through free practice and started 8th on the grid, he finished the race in 12th place.

Mooney VR46 Racing Team (2022–)Edit

Career statisticsEdit

FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World ChampionshipEdit

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos Pts
2013 FTR Honda CAT1 CAT2 ARA ALB1 ALB2
7
NAV VAL1 VAL1 JER
14
25th 11
2014 Kalex KTM JER1
Ret
JER2
14
LMS
10
ARA
15
CAT1
15
CAT2
16
ALB
10
NAV
Ret
ALG
18
VAL1
8
VAL1
8
16th 32

FIM CEV Moto2 European ChampionshipEdit

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos Pts
2015 Kalex ALG1
5
ALG2
4
CAT
2
ARA1
Ret
ARA2
7
ALB
4
NAV1
4
NAV2
4
JER
4
VAL1
Ret
VAL2
6
5th 115

Grand Prix motorcycle racingEdit

By seasonEdit

Season Class Motorcycle Team Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2013 Moto3 FTR Honda Twelve Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2015 Moto2 Kalex Pons Racing Junior Team 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2016 Moto2 Kalex Forward Racing Team 18 0 0 0 1 34 23rd
2017 Moto2 Kalex Forward Racing Team 16 0 0 0 0 59 15th
2018 Moto2 Kalex SKY Racing Team VR46 18 1 5 2 1 147 7th
2019 Moto2 Kalex SKY Racing Team VR46 19 2 4 1 2 190 6th
2020 Moto2 Kalex SKY Racing Team VR46 15 3 6 2 1 196 2nd
2021 MotoGP Ducati SKY VR46 Avintia 18 0 0 0 0 41 19th
2022 MotoGP Ducati Mooney VR46 Racing Team 7 0 0 0 0 21* 16th*
Total 113 6 15 5 5 688

By classEdit

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
Moto3 2013 2013 San Marino 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Moto2 2015–2020 2015 San Marino 2018 Germany 2018 Malaysia 87 6 15 5 5 626 0
MotoGP 2021–present 2021 Qatar 25 0 0 0 0 62 0
Total 2013, 2015–present 113 6 15 5 5 688 0

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Pos Pts
2013 Moto3 FTR Honda QAT AME SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GER IND CZE GBR RSM
Ret
ARA MAL AUS JPN VAL NC 0
2015 Moto2 Kalex QAT AME ARG SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GER IND CZE GBR RSM
21
ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL NC 0
2016 Moto2 Kalex QAT
10
ARG
18
AME
Ret
SPA
16
FRA
12
ITA
Ret
CAT
Ret
NED
Ret
GER
6
AUT
17
CZE
Ret
GBR
Ret
RSM
13
ARA
25
JPN
12
AUS
16
MAL
9
VAL
22
23rd 34
2017 Moto2 Kalex QAT
6
ARG
12
AME
10
SPA
5
FRA
Ret
ITA
6
CAT
DNS
NED
Ret
GER
DNS
CZE
4
AUT
Ret
GBR
11
RSM
Ret
ARA
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
23
MAL
Ret
VAL
23
15th 59
2018 Moto2 Kalex QAT
9
ARG
16
AME
13
SPA
Ret
FRA
Ret
ITA
7
CAT
17
NED
8
GER
3
CZE
2
AUT
3
GBR
C
RSM
Ret
ARA
11
THA
2
JPN
9
AUS
5
MAL
1
VAL
Ret
7th 147
2019 Moto2 Kalex QAT
8
ARG
7
AME
6
SPA
8
FRA
13
ITA
2
CAT
6
NED
3
GER
10
CZE
5
AUT
Ret
GBR
9
RSM
11
ARA
4
THA
1
JPN
1
AUS
Ret
MAL
10
VAL
8
6th 190
2020 Moto2 Kalex QAT
Ret
SPA
1
ANC
2
CZE
4
AUT
2
STY
7
RSM
1
EMI
4
CAT
1
FRA
17
ARA
Ret
TER
11
EUR
6
VAL
5
POR
2
2nd 196
2021 MotoGP Ducati QAT
16
DOH
18
POR
12
SPA
15
FRA
12
ITA
17
CAT
12
GER
15
NED
18
STY
14
AUT
5
GBR
15
ARA
20
RSM
19
AME
14
EMI
9
ALR
12
VAL
17
19th 41
2022 MotoGP Ducati QAT
13
INA
14
ARG
11
AME
17
POR
12
SPA
16
FRA
9
ITA
CAT
GER
NED
FIN
GBR
AUT
RSM
ARA
JPN
THA
AUS
MAL
VAL
16th* 21*

* Season still in progress.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "San Marino MotoGP: Rossi 'can't wait' for half-brother Luca's GP debut". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2016.

External linksEdit