Valentino Rossi's Sky Racing VR46 team has officially presented its expanded line-up for the upcoming Moto3 World Championship.
For its third GP season the KTM squad will once again be headed by Romano Fenati, who has taken nine podiums - including five wins - for VR46 and now has his sights firmly set on championship glory.
"The title would represent a moral victory,” Fenati said of his goals. “The time has come. I'm ready. It will be a competitive Championship."
He added: "The Sky Racing Team VR46 is a second family: the atmosphere is friendly and there is a space for confidences. We race, we work hard, but we have also time for laughing"
Fenati, who finished fourth in last year's standings, will again be partnered by Andrea Migno, plus rookie signing Nicolò Bulega.
"I feel like the older brother,” confessed Fenati. “This year there is a bigger responsibility: will be important to take care about Nicolò. Andrea will also do it while he continues his growth."
Migno finished just 19th overall during his debut season but is taking inspiration from Rossi: "Valentino teaches: never give up. After a disappointing result, you have to remain focused and move forward."
"I'm confident,” he added. “I think it will be a good year. I already know all the tracks and this will give me an extra hand, an advantage. I have to push always at 100%, from first practice on Friday til the end of race on Sunday"
16-year-old Bulega arrives in Grand Prix as the reigning FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 champion.
"Racing with the Sky Racing Team VR46 is a great opportunity to grow. We are a great group where people work very hard. Romano and Andrea are not only team-mates or rivals: they are real friends. But the team-mate is also the first rival,” said Bulega, who finished twelfth on his Grand Prix debut as a wild-card in last October's Valencia finale.
"For this season the first goal is finish closer to the top 15. I have to find the right feeling with the bike and make experience. The hardest part? The new tracks. There are many circuits where I have never raced and I have to quickly adapt my style.
"Being in the World Championship is part of a dream come true. In the future I would like to become a competitive rider in MotoGP."
Former Grand Prix winner Pablo Nieto will again be team manager for VR46.