Unprecedented Qatar GP Winner Fabio Giannantonio Sparks MotoGP Frenzy With a Game-Changing Move

Published 11/27/2023, 12:50 PM EST

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The Mooney VR46 Racing Team has stirred up the biking community. They have recently announced the latest addition to their team for the season of 2024. It is none other than the 25-year-old Italian racer, Fabio Giannantonio. This was one of the significant signings of the year, with VR46 looking to strengthen their team further. The team also boasts of icons like Marco Bezzecchi, with whom the Italian will be sharing the garage. 

The year has been a remarkable one for Giannantonio. His most notable triumph came when he came from behind in the Qatar Grand Prix to clinch the victory. Interestingly, the Italian’s win was kind of anti-climactic, as people expected either Pecco Bagnaia or Jorge Martin to win the race. Although Bagnaia was in the lead for most of the race, it was the Italian who kept his cool and whizzed past the favorite to win the gold. Such a gritty display caught the attention of the entire community, and this recent deal is surely a reflection of the same. 

Fabio Giannantonio elated with his new contract 


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In a recent post on X, formerly known as Twitter, by the official handle of MotoGP, the signing of Giannantonio was confirmed. He expressed his excitement and hopes of taking the team to new heights. The Italian cited the team as one of the strongest in the circuit and stated that he was raring to make his debut in new colors as soon as he could. He also reflected on his past seasons and stated that he has matured as a rider and has come a long way when it comes to temperament. 

Elaborating further, the 25-year-old said, In the last two seasons in MotoGP, I have grown a lot and in this team I will certainly be able to mature further and achieve great results. I’m excited, I can’t wait to meet all my new staff and crew and start working on the track. Thanks to everyone who made this possible.”  


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The Team Director Alessio Salucci also expressed his happiness for acquiring such a promising talent. He also emphasized on the fact that extra care will be taken to ensure that the Italian had a smooth transition and could feel at home within the team. Speaking about the signing, Salucci stated, “It was an unexpected arrival, at the last minute, but I am satisfied that we have chosen him. He had a great end of the season. He didn’t lose himself when things didn’t go well and I’m sure he’ll be able to feel at home here.” Fabio Giannantonio will be up and running on Tuesday when he will appear for his opening day of testing. 

Such a news stirred the MotoGP community and fans were quick to react. 

Netizens react to the Giannantonio signing 

The post received fans’ love and reactions. Netizens took to the comment section to share their thoughts.

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One of the users commented that one needs to screenshot the post. Well indeed, such a moment might be a life-changing one for the 25-year-old.

Another user wrote “Well down”, expressing his personal opinion. Not sure about what exactly the user meant.

One fan wished the team luck for the upcoming season. With their new recruit, a lot will be expected from the team.

While another user exaggerated their feelings to convey how deserving it was. Ofcourse, it was.


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Another fan mentioned this to be a ‘fantastic’ piece of news. Surely, the racing community is excited to catch a glimpse of the Italian in the coming season.


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With the Italian in red-hot form, fans can only hope for more fireworks in store for them in the upcoming season. What are your opinions on the signing? Do let us know in the comment box below. 

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Written by:

Disita Sikdar


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Disita is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports, who specializes in covering track and field, equestrian sports, alpine skiing, and gymnastics. Her art of bringing Olympic Sports to life with a blend of meticulous research and knack for capturing the essence of athletic triumphs, makes her a trusted voice in world of sports journalism. Holding a master’s degree in English Literature, and formerly a social media manager and content writer for three years, Disita is also a published author.
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Debmallya Chakraborty