Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Valentino Rossi now has a new status after Marco Bezzecchi won the MotoGP Argentina 2023 at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, Santiago, Sunday (2/4).
Bezzecchi won the Argentina MotoGP race through an extraordinary performance. Leading since the first lap, the VR46 racer won over Johann Zarco and Alex Marquez.
This is Bezzecchi’s first victory as well as VR46 in the MotoGP class. The team, whose full name is Mooney VR46 Racing Team, made their debut in MotoGP last season after Valentino Rossi decided to retire.
In his second season in MotoGP, the VR46 team has been able to win. Using the Desmosedici GP22, the motorbike that brought Francesco Bagnaia to become world champion last season, Bezzecchi has been outstanding so far.
That success also made Rossi have a new status. If previously The Doctor had the status of the most successful racer in the MotoGP era, six world titles with Marc Marquez, Rossi is now also the owner of a MotoGP race winning team through Bezzecchi.
Bezzecchi’s victory was something Rossi had been waiting for. VR46 team boss, Pablo Nieto, said Rossi demanded his team win after Bezzecchi and Luca Marini finished on the podium in the Argentina MotoGP Sprint Race.
“He (Rossi) immediately told us he was very happy and very happy. I think today he will jump off the sofa more than once. He will immediately start asking for victory from us and hopefully it will come,” said Nieto before the race Sunday.
Bezzecchi himself could not hold back the tears in the interview after winning the 2023 Argentina MotoGP. The 24-year-old racer was speechless.
“I don’t know what to say. Today I woke up with a strange feeling. I knew I could go fast, but didn’t think I could be that fast. I was really afraid of wet races, because normally I’m not good at wet track races, but today absolutely fantastic,” said Bezzecchi.