Valentino Rossi may still be seeking his first MotoGP win of this season, but his new VR46 team has won half its six Moto3 races with Romano Fenati.

"I am very proud and happy about the team because it is the first season and we are able to choose the right people and build a good team at a good level with the right organisation," said Rossi. "We also have to say a big thanks to [title sponsor] Sky for giving the money!"

Fenati had been a Moto3 winner in his debut 2012 Moto3 season, but didn't even manage a podium last season on an underpowered FTR Honda.

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After joining VR46 and KTM, the young Italian has been on the podium four times and, despite a technical DNF in Le Mans, is now within five points of title leader Jack Miller.

"We were very, very lucky to find Fenati because it was a bet [to join Rossi's new team], but this year Romano is unbelievable," declared Rossi. "There is a good atmosphere in the team and a great bike, but he makes the difference. He has already won three races."

Commenting on how it feels to see his team win, Rossi added: "It is a great emotion also if you are not the rider. It is not the same, but it is good and we enjoy it a lot.

"Our target is to help Italian riders so I think also in the future we will work just with Italians and I think there are a lot of different good riders in Italy that we have to help, but to find another Marc Marquez is not easy.

"I think Romano can fight to win more races and to arrive in front at the end of the season and can have a very good career in the future."

Fenati's team-mate Francesco Bagnaia is ninth in the standings with a best race finish of fourth.

Rossi's former Ducati MotoGP team manager Vittoriano Guareschi is team manager for the Moto3 project, with Rossi's former Aprilia crew chief Rossano Brazzi also playing a key role.