Like in 2005, the season of Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi, Loris Capirossi, Marco Melandri, Roberto Rolfo, and Franco Battaini, Italy this year will have six riders taking part in the MotoGP. A national team in full bloom and ready to become the protagonist of the 2019 season that will start on 10, in Qatar, when the lights of the Losail circuit will light up for the first race of the World Championship. Here are the six Italian riders:
#4 Andrea Dovizioso – Born in 1986 in Forlimpopoli (Forlì) and known as DesmoDovi, he has been world champion in 2004 with 125 points and arrived second last year with 245 points. Dovizioso is aiming to reach the top step of the podium with his Ducati.
#9 Danilo Petrucci – Born in 1990 in Terni, in 2018 he stepped on the MotoGP podium only once and closed the season in 8th position with 144 points. For him, the goal is to achieve his first victory and to be confirmed in the Ducati team for next year.
#21 Franco Morbidelli – Born in 1994 in Rome, he won the Moto2 World Championship in 2017 and took part for the first time in the MotoGP one last year. This year, on his Yamaha of the Petronas team, he has a good chance to climb the ranking.
#29 Andrea Iannone – Born in 1989 in Vasto (Chieti), he was on the lowest step of the Moto2 podium in 2012 and last year closed the MotoGP in 10th position. His priority will be to find a position in the top ten on his Aprilia RS-GP.
#46 Valentino Rossi – Born in 1979 in Urbino, he won 7 MotoGP championships in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2009 and last year he arrived third. His Yamaha M1 doesn’t seem to be a bike able to win the World Championship, but it should be able to win races.
#63 Francesco Bagnaia – Born in 1997 in Turin last year he won the Moto2 championship and in 2019 he will debut in MotoGP on a Ducati of the Pramac team. His objective: “Beating the other beginners because I want to become rookie of the year. Arriving in the top ten would be perfect.”