Ten days, ten riders: During the summer holidays of 2022, GP-Inside makes you discover ten riders who could make the good days of MotoGP in the coming years. First episode with the Italian Celestino Vietti. Current leader of the Moto2 World Championship, the member of the VR46 Riders Academy is one of the next to be able to make the change to the queen category.
Name: Celestino Vietti
Date of birth: 13/10/2001 (20 years) in Cirié (Italy)
Team: Mooney VR46 Racing Team
Races: 67 (38 in Moto3, 29 in Moto2)
Victories: 5 (2 in Moto3, 3 in Moto2)
Podium: 13 (8 in Moto3, 5 in Moto2)
Pulse: 3 (1 in Moto3, 2 in Moto2)
Best laps: 5 (2 in Moto3, 3 in Moto2)
Best overall ranking:
– Moto3: 5th (2020)
– Moto3: 12th (2021)
After two seasons at the Moto3 Junior World Championship (CEV), Celestino Vietti took advantage of Nicolo Bulega’s injury to make his Moto3 debut in 2018. With the Sky Racing Team VR46, he achieved his first podium in his second race , a third place at the Australian Grand Prix. The Italian was then established by the same team for the 2019 season. He climbed the podium three times (Spain, Catalonia and Japan) and signed his first pole position at the World Championships in Thailand.
Celestino Vietti offers his first success in Styria in 2020, before winning again in France. Fifth in the championship after being one of the protagonists in the fight for the title, in 2021 he joined Moto2 with the Sky Racing Team VR46. Riding a Kalex, the Italian has had a good season finale with three top-6s in the last three races. The rookie has learned and will have a good performance the following year.
Current season: 1st in the championship (146 points)
A year to learn, a year to win! From the start of the season, Celestino Vietti applied this saying. The Italian won his first Moto2 race at the opening of the season in Qatar. He then followed with a podium in Indonesia before winning again in Argentina. In Catalonia, Celestino Vietti prevailed on arrival after the last two crazy curves. Beyond his good performances, the VR46 Riders Academy protégé impresses with his ease when it’s a good day.
When he has more difficulties, No. 13 always finds resources to save the furniture. Ranked in a disappointing eleventh place in the Netherlands, he was able to fight for a fourth place that allows him to maintain control of the championship before the break.
Why can you claim MotoGP?
In the middle of the season, Celestino Vietti is one of the favorites for the title, although he is tied with Augusto Fernández at the head of the general. Currently in great shape, the Spaniard is, however, less consistent than his rival when going through difficult times. The Italian knows how to limit damage on bad days to get crucial points in his search. The Mooney VR46 Racing Team rider is a talent that some first class teams might be looking for.
Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi will remain in the MotoGP section of the Mooney VR46 Racing Team. Protected by the VR46 Riders Academy, Celestino Vietti could therefore in the short term suffer from the fact that the transfer market is blocked. His last chance seems to be to join the RNF satellite team, which will run the Aprilia RS-GP in 2023.
If he manages to win the title in Moto2, the current championship leader may have to wait longer before entering the queen category. But his sense of competition, his ability to adapt and his speed are all assets that, sooner or later, should lead him to MotoGP.