Moto2: Forward Racing confirm Baldassarri and Marini for 2017

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Forward Racing have confirmed that they will retain the services of Valentino Rossi protégés Lorenzo Baldassarri and Luca Marini for the 2017 season, extending the pair’s deal for another year after a strong start to the 2016 season.

The VR46 Academy riders, including Rossi’s half brother Marini, have put in strong results so far this season, with Baldassarri taking a podium at his home race in Mugello and Marini a personal best sixth last time out in Germany.

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And, with both those performances and the links to Rossi’s academy program, team boss Giovanni Cuzari says it was only natural to retain the pair.

“I can only be honoured by the confidence that the VR46 Riders Academy has placed in us and in our team. Lorenzo and Luca are two extraordinary persons; the meticulous and professional training they receive through the Academy is felt both in and out the track.

“I am convinced that they have found in us that fertile situation they need to blossom, this can only strengthen our mutual collaboration. Only passion along with professionalism can lead these young talents to achieve important goals. I would like to thank our riders and VR46 Riders Academy for believing in us. I am sure that together we will get very far.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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