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Luca Marini

  • Team Sky VR46 Avintia
  • Nation Italy
  • Date of birth 10/08/1997
  • Place of birth Urbino, Italy
Is growing up as the maternal sibling of the greatest of all time a blessing or a curse for Luca Marini?
Luca Marini

Marini probably isn't best placed to answer that, but it must be hard for a fledgling racer to forge his own path when "Valentino Rossi's half-brother" precedes every reference to your own name, from Moto3 in 2013 all the way to MotoGP.

Marini, 18 years Rossi's junior, first appeared on the world championship scene as far back as 2013 with a wildcard at Misano. His Moto2 journey was a slow climb towards the summit, as it took him 43 races to win for the first time in Malaysia 2018.

Back-to-back victories in Thailand and Japan in 2019 unlocked something, and Marini was in the thick of the 2020 intermediate title fight before losing out to compatriot Enea Bastianini – who ended up becoming his teammate for their MotoGP rookie campaigns.

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