Mooney VR46 team racer, Luca Marini had to swallow a bitter pill ahead of appearing in the Argentine MotoGP series. He had to wait a long time because the logistics delivery was late, he also believed that his racing suit was getting moldy because it had been stored in the cargo crate for too long.
Previously, it was reported that one of the five cargo planes carrying logistics for the MotoGP racing team experienced technical problems. The plane was scheduled to fly from Lombok to Argentina, then transit in Kenya first.
However, upon arrival in Kenya a cargo plane suddenly broke down. Although it was immediately repaired, they had to wait for the spare parts and components needed from two different locations, namely Europe and the Middle East. As a result, the repair process takes longer.
It is known that the damaged cargo plane was carrying a racing motorbike and equipment belonging to the factory and satellite Ducati teams, including Gresini Racing and the VR46 team. Indeed, Valentino Rossi’s Gresini Racing and VR46 racing teams are carrying the Ducati Desmosedici motorcycle for this season.
Luca Marini admitted that the delay in cargo belonging to the VR46 team in Argentina did not only harm the team’s preparation. He was worried that his racing equipment had become moldy and as a result had to be thrown away because it was not suitable for use.
Illustration of Luca Marini (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images/Mirco Lazzari gp
“It cost us a lot. Of course we didn’t have anything in the paddock, and when I think of all the leather equipment packed in the cargo crate, it was already wet after performing at Mandalika,” said Luca Marini quoted by Speedweek.
“As a result it must have all been moldy by now. The leather racing suit and gloves may have to be thrown away,” said the Italian.
Luckily for Luca Marini and a number of other riders, the cargo plane carrying the MotoGP logistics has arrived in Argentina. The cargo plane arrived at San Miguel Tucuman Airport on Friday (1/4/2022) evening local time.
Upon arrival at the airport, the transported goods must be sent back to the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, which is 120 kilometers away. To transport the logistics, 10 trucks are needed with a journey of 2.5 hours.
With this delay, the free practice schedule for FP1 and FP2 which should have been held on Friday has now been shifted to Saturday. This is done so that a number of racing teams whose logistics are constrained can still hold free practice simultaneously.
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