MOONEY AND VR46 RACING TEAM: A GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP IN THE NAME OF THE ITALIAN EXCELLENCE AND TALENT IN THE WORLD
Mooney becomes the new title sponsor of Valentino Rossi’s team competing in the MotoGP and Moto2 World Championship.
The partnership includes the realization of projects dedicated to the general public.
Tavullia, January 3rd 2022 – VR46 is pleased to announce the new Title Sponsor for the VR46 Racing Team: Mooney, the first Italian Proximity Banking & Payments company. It is a global partnership that will see two leading companies in their fields united on and off tracks, in the name of important shared values such as: excellence, talent, speed, made in Italy and safety.
The Mooney VR46 Racing Team will have its beating heart in Tavullia with four young Italian riders on the starting grid of the 2022 season: Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi in MotoGP on Ducati bikes, together with Celestino Vietti Ramus and Niccolò Antonelli in Moto2 on Kalex bikes.
The agreement provides for an extensive collaboration that will create joint business activities, marketing and communication initiatives, with the aim of creating added value through advanced fintech services and payment systems offered by Mooney also on its capillary network of over 45 thousand sales points throughout Italy.
Thanks to the constant investment in technology and the digitalization of its services, Mooney is committed to pursuing its mission of simplifying and making accessible to everyone at any time the main payments, both transactional and mobility.
“Linking the name of Mooney to such a prestigious brand as VR46 Racing Team is a real declaration of intent for our company which confirms itself as a protagonist in the field of payments and mobility services” – said Emilio Petrone, Mooney CEO – “Speed, safety, innovation and the ability to adapt to the constantly evolving customer needs are common values shared by Mooney and VR46 Racing Team, which brings the Italian excellence, talent and technology around the world in some of the most competitive contexts of the sport”.
“We are extremely proud of the partnership with the VR46 Racing Team and to give life to an agreement on an international scale, with a broad spectrum and which intends to implement innovative projects. The combination and synergies developed between our two companies will be able to offer concrete benefits to customers, leading them to become even more familiar with the Fintech world” said Salvatore Borgese, General Manager – Commercial & Banking Services at Mooney.
“I am happy to have at our side from the upcoming season an Italian company like Mooney, leader in the field of proximity payments and with we share the strategy of developing the young Italian talents together with the research for a constant improvement in the performance” – said Valentino Rossi, Team Owner – “Mooney, in addition to being the Title Sponsor of our Team in the MotoGP and Moto2 World Championship, will also join us the VR46 Riders Academy and in my first four wheels racing season”.
Alessio Salucci, Team Director then: ”We are really proud of the path that led us to our MotoGP debut. The Mooney VR46 Racing Team will be nothing more than the evolution of the project started, almost eight seasons ago with the partnership with Sky Italia that led us to conquer the Championship in 2018, the title among the Teams in 2020 and being now a Team of reference in the lower categories of the Championship. We have chosen the right people, animated by the same commitment and passion. Our riders have the potential to achieve something great and keep us entertained. We are confident that we will soon reach the level of the most competitive teams. A common goal also in Moto2 where we want to remain one of the reference teams in the category’’.
The upcoming season is around the corner for a Team that has grown from Moto3 until landing in MotoGP. The Mooney VR46 Racing Team will make its debut in the top class thanks to the inexhaustible passion of its Team Owner, Valentino Rossi, together with the Team Director Alessio Salucci and the CFO Alberto Tebaldi. Pablo Nieto will be the Team Manager of the MotoGP crew while Luca Brivio is promoted to Team Manager in Moto2. In MotoGP, working on the Ducati bikes, we will meet again David Muñoz, crew chief alongside Luca Marini, Matteo Flamigni who will follow Marco Bezzecchi in his rookie season and Idalio Gavira as coach and head of tires strategy. In Moto2, Roberto Locatelli is confirmed as coach for the young riders of the intermediate class together with Jairo Carriles in charge for the crew of Celestino Vietti Ramus while Danilo Angeli as crew chief of Niccolò Antonelli’s Team.
Mooney is the first Proximity Banking & Payments company in Italy which has inherited the experience of two excellences in different, but complementary business sectors: SisalPay in the field of payments, and Banca 5 (Intesa Sanpaolo Group) in banking. Thanks to its extensive network of over 45.000 points of sale throughout Italy that are fully integrated with the digital ecosystem, Mooney plays an important social role in providing consumers with a simple, quick and easy access to a wide range of payment solutions, namely bills, prepaid cards, telephone recharge cards as well as facilities such as cash withdrawals, wire transfers and payment orders, formerly possible only through banks.
VR46 Racing Team
The VR46 Racing Team was born in 2014 with the aim of supporting young Italian talents of the two wheels from Moto3 up to MotoGP. The arrival in the premier class took place in 2021 with Luca Marini but it will be in the upcoming 2022 that the VR46 Racing Team will officially become part of the top class after being a reference Team in the lower classes. Since 2014, 10 Italian young riders have taken their first steps in this Team. Among these, Francesco Bagnaia, the first rider to win the World title with the Moto2 Team in 2018.