Romano Fenati believes he is ready to mount a title challenge with Sky Racing Team VR46 as the team launch their 2016 line-up. The Italian has six career victories in Moto3 with last year’s fourth place finish in the championship his highest to date but with two of last season’s title frontrunners moving up to Moto2, Fenati will start as one of the favourites this time around.
Although he is expecting the field to be as strong as ever, Fenati is confident of rising to the challenge in a year where he will be expected to lead the Sky VR46 outfit alongside two inexperienced teammates.
“The Sky Racing Team VR46 is a second family: the atmosphere is friendly and there is a space for confidences. We race, we work hard, but we have also time for laughing. I feel like the older brother. This year there is a bigger responsibility: will be important to take care about Nicolò. Andrea will also do it while he continues his growth. The title would represent a moral victory. The time has come. I’m ready. It will be a competitive Championship”.
Andrea Migno is entering his second season with Sky VR46 and is targeting consistent points finish under the tutelage of team owner Valentino Rossi.
“The Sky Racing Team VR46 is my family. A professional team, where everyone works for everyone. We are like a chain and when a ring is missing, we feel it. Valentino teaches, never give up. After a disappointing result, you have to remain focused and move forward. I’m confident I think will be a good year. I already know all the tracks and this will give me an extra hand, an advantage. I have to push always at 100%, from the first round on Friday until the end of race on Sunday”.
Many eyes will be focused on the rookie within the Sky VR46 line-up, Nicolo Bulega, who joins as the reigning FIM CEV Junior World Champion. Although the 16 year old has lofty aspirations in his Grand Prix career, Bulega is taking a cautious approach to his debut year.
“Racing with the Sky Racing Team VR46 is a great opportunity of growing. We are a great group where people working very hard. Romano and Andrea are not only teammates or rivals: they are real friends. But the team-mate is also the first rival. Being in the World Championship is part of a dream come true. In the future I would like to become a competitive rider in MotoGP. For this season the first goal is finish closer to the Top 15. I have to find the right feeling with the bike and make experience. The hardest part? The new tracks. There are many circuits where I have never raced and I have to quickly adapt my style”.