2018 marks the fifth season for Valentino Rossi's Sky Racing VR46 team in grand prix racing.

Initially debuting in the Moto3 category, where the team has now won seven races, VR46 expanded to include the Moto2 class last season.

That dual-pronged attack will continue in 2018, which is also Pablo Nieto's fourth season as team manager.

Rookie star Dennis Foggia has been placed alongside Nicolo Bulega on KTM machinery in Moto3, while Rossi's half-brother Luca Marini joins Francesco Bagnaia on the team's Kalex Moto2 bikes.

And if this light-hearted video (2018 team colours at the end) is anything to go by, the riders are just as competitive off track as they are on it…

Sky Racing VR46 Team History

2018 Moto2:

Francesco Bagnaia

Luca Marini

Moto3:

Nicolo Bulega

Dennis Foggia

2017 Moto2:

Francesco Bagnaia - 5th in world championship, 0 wins.

Stefano Manzi - 25th in world championship, 0 wins.

Moto3:

Andrea Migno - 9th in world championship, 1 win.

Nicolo Bulega - 12th in world championship, 0 wins.

2016 Moto3:

Romano Fenati - 10th in world championship, 1 win*.

Nicolo Bulega – 7th in world championship, 0 wins.

Andrea Migno - 17th in world championship, 0 wins.

Lorenzo Dalla Porta – 30th in world championship, 0 wins**.

* Split from team midway through season.

** Took over from Fenati.

2015 Moto3:

Romano Fenati - 4th in world championship, 1 win.

Andrea Migno - 19th in world championship, 0 wins.

2014 Moto3:

Romano Fenati - 5th in world championship, 4 wins.

Francesco Bagnaia - 16th in world championship, 0 wins.

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7 wins in 4 years. Going well then!

No one comes into Moto3, Moto2 and Motogp and gets instant success. It takes time and money, collecting data gaining experience. At least Rossi is helping young riders get a chance to make it go all the way up to Motogp.

Look at Morbidelli he's not with VR46 team but the VR46 academy training with Rossi has greatly helped him make it to Motogp Premier class

How about a pat on the back for him putting time and money into a sport he has gained from instead of the usual anti Rossi anti Italian sentiments

Fenati, the rider the treated worst was their best performer. 

Bagnaia who they fired after 1 year of Moto3 turned out to be much better than his replacement Migno. They're lucky he agreed to join their Moto2 effort. If it was me I'd have told them where to go.

Fenati was a loose cannon frequent incidents, bad temper verbal abuse in the garage towards his team led to him getting fired from VR46 team. Talented rider but he was out of control, VR46 had no option but to terminate his contract.

As for Bagnaia he joined VR46 Moto3 team after a full season in Moto3 with San Carlo Team Italia. He underperformed for VR46 Moto2 team so was let go, it wasn't until a couple of years later that Bagnaia showed his true potential finishing 4th with 2 wins 6 podiums in the 2016 Moto3 season for Aspar Mahindra team.

Here's the thing with Motorcycle racing if you don't take your chances you will get dropped! Bagnaia for the talent he has underperformed in his early years, he was lucky to get another chance with VR46 last year in Moto2. 

Fenati was a loose cannon frequent incidents, bad temper verbal abuse in the garage towards his team led to him getting fired from VR46 team. Talented rider but he was out of control, VR46 had no option but to terminate his contract.

As for Bagnaia he joined VR46 Moto3 team after a full season in Moto3 with San Carlo Team Italia. He underperformed for VR46 Moto3 team so was let go, it wasn't until a couple of years later that Bagnaia showed his true potential finishing 4th with 2 wins 6 podiums in the 2016 Moto3 season for Aspar Mahindra team.

Here's the thing with Motorcycle racing if you don't take your chances you will get dropped! Bagnaia for the talent he has underperformed in his early years, he was lucky to get another chance with VR46 last year in Moto2.