MotoGP: Pertamina Lubricants Sponsoring VR46 Racing Through 2026
VR46 RACING TEAM AND PERTAMINA LUBRICANTS SIGN A TITLE PARTNERSHIP STARTING IN 2024
From next January, the Tavullia Team will be named Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team. PT Pertamina Lubricants alongside the Team for three seasons.
Jakarta (Indonesia), October 14th 2023 – VR46 Racing Team and PT Pertamina Lubricants together in MotoGP for three seasons. The Indonesian lubricants brand, through the motorcycle lubricant brand Pertamina Enduro, will become title partner of the Tavullia crew starting from January 1st 2024, under the name of Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team.
A strategic choice and the birth of a new synergy, between the VR46 Racing Team, the team busy in the Motorcycling World Championship owned by the nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi, and the lubricants giant PT Pertamina Lubricants to give new impetus to two realities already established in Motorsport and thus becoming a true point of reference also in performance and technologies.
Common vision, shared values and great ambitions for the newborn Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team: a team animated by an immense passion for engines and two wheels, capable of combining the two biggest fan bases of the MotoGP circus in cheering and thus involving hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the world.
From the 2024 MotoGP season the Pertamina Enduro logo will be present on the Ducati Desmosedici GP bikes entrusted to Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini, the riders suits, helmets, technical spaces, as well as in all images, assets, materials and communications of the VR46 Racing Team.
Alessio Salucci, Team Director – VR46 Racing Team
“Welcoming Pertamina Lubricants, which for the next three seasons will be the title partner of the VR46 Racing Team, marks in a crucial way the history of our Team, an important piece and a further step forward in achieving our goals. We are truly honored to have entered into an agreement with a brand of this kind in the world of motorsport. With this new synergy, we not only share common ambitions, but we combine the two largest and most loyal fan bases in MotoGP. A bridge between the Italian fans and all those who follow us from Indonesia and to whom we hope to give important satisfactions in the future. This long-term project between two companies so experienced in the world of motorcycling and competitions, such as VR46 Racing Team and Pertamina Lubricants, aims to bring true passion for this sport from a unique point of view to hundreds of thousands of fans all around the world. In 2024, a new era of our history in MotoGP starts, an adventure full of successes, which began only two years ago, and which would not have been possible without the support and participation of a partner like Mooney who I would like to thank personally for mutual trust and respect”.
Mr. Werry Prayogi – President Director of PT Pertamina Lubricants
“The partnership between PT Pertamina Lubricants and VR46 Racing Team is a strategic move to extending our vision of becoming a champion in the lubricants industry. This is proof that VR46 Racing Team and Valentino Rossi place great trust in the international quality of Pertamina Enduro”.
Gianluca Falcioni, CEO – VR46 Agency
“We are very proud of the agreement reached with a prestigious and important company like Pertamina Lubricants for the VR46 Racing Team. Through VR46 Agency, Valentino Rossi’s company, we are looking for partners and sponsors for all projects in the VR46 world. From the first months we have aimed at new markets, towards rapidly growing countries. Indonesia and South-East Asia in general represent an enormous pool of fans and enthusiasts for VR46. The passion for MotoGP is immeasurable and we believe that through this agreement, with such an important company, we can evolve strategically by activating not only sporting synergies but also creating 360-degree opportunities between VR46 and these countries. From the first meeting with Pertamina we understood the great affinity of values, the same vision of motorcycling and approach to competitions. There are no words to describe the role and prestige that Pertamina Lubricants plays in. Endurance is the key point that make this great brand a unique partner to support our project. I would like to underline that this is not a simple partnership, but the birth of a synergy in which Pertamina Lubricants will make knowledge, experience and technology available to achieve great performance on the track. Finally, with this strategic agreement, we are getting even closer to our fan base in Indonesia, a country where we have always felt welcome and where we believe there are the foundations to activate multiple projects both in the racing and business opportunities fields”.
VR46 Racing Team
The Team was founded in 2014 with the aim of supporting young Italian talents of the two wheels from Moto3 to MotoGP. A long journey of 10 seasons on track, with a World Title won in 2018 in Moto2 thank to Francesco Bagnaia, a Team World Championship crown in 2020 in Moto2 and the first historic wins in the Top class in 2023 (Bezzecchi, Argentina GP). Francesco Bagnaia is the first rider from Sky VR46 project to arrive in MotoGP in 2019. He will be followed by Marini (2021) and Bezzecchi (2022 – the year of the Team’s debut in MotoGP). To date, 10 Italian riders have taken their first steps in the World Championship thanks to this crew. Based in Tavullia, the Mooney VR46 Racing Team currently races in MotoGP with two Ducati Desmosedici GPs entrusted to Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini. In just two years in this category, the Team has won 3 races, achieved a total of 9 podiums and the title of Rookie of the Year (2022 – Bezzecchi).
Pertamina Lubricants is a subsidiary of PT Pertamina Patra Niaga, Pertamina’s Commercial & Trading (C&T) Subholding that focuses on production, processing, transportation, storage, distribution, and marketing of world class lubricants, grease, and specialties chemicals. Pertamina Lubricants operates three production units in Gresik, Cilacap, and Jakarta, as well as one production unit in Thailand, with a total capacity exceeding 535 million liters per year. In addition to meeting the growing lubricant market demands in Indonesia, Pertamina Lubricants has expanded globally, currently present in 14 countries worldwide. Pertamina Lubricants primary goal is to develop in foreign markets and become a global champion in the lubricant industry.