Italian Moto2 champion Lorenzo Baldassarri won't to be a part of the illustrious VR46 Riders Academy of ten-time world champion Valentino Rossi anytime soon. The Kalex rider goes his own way with his racing career. After winning last season's GP2 Championship, he joined the Suzuki team to ride a new bike. It was his first experience on a new bike and he was immediately impressed.
For now, Baldassarri is happy with his decision to go his own way, but what does that mean for future Honda racing projects? Let's take a look.
First, we know that Baldassarri is no stranger to the Honda racing program. The Italian has won four MotoGP titles with Honda's premier bike and two more with the RC213V-RS. He was also a member of their satellite Yamaha team before retiring from the sport in 2020 due to health reasons.
In the past, Baldassarri has said that he would like to return to the Honda ranks for another run in MotoGP. So if the news on Suzuki is any indication, he'll have an easier time finding a new team and a new place to race. Even so, it would still be quite a challenge for Baldassarri to get in on the ground floor with Valentino or Marc Marquez, the two most dominant bike riders currently on the MotoGP grid.
Still, even if he doesn't leave Suzuki anytime soon, there is no telling what Baldassarri might do in the next few years. After all, he was always known for his daring riding style and is still doing that today in MotoGP. If he was ever serious about coming out of Suzuki, it's clear now that he isn't, which is something that he probably should have known before signing with Suzuki.
Baldassarri may not have to worry about getting cut from the Suzuki program at all. There is a lot of competition going on in MotoGP with two or three top factory teams, two satellite bikes and at least one satellite rider all trying to make the jump up to the premier class. If he wants to stay in the championship, he's going to have to work his way up to it, but there's no real reason why he can't.
So while he isn't at Suzuki right now, Baldassarri may find it a lot easier to move on to his next challenge or two. As long as he stays where he is, he's got the track to continue to win and challenge his fellow riders in MotoGP. As for next year, we'll have to wait and see if he joins Suzuki or decides to go somewhere else.
And that's just fine for him. He's been riding for so long already and knows exactly what he needs to do in order to succeed.
Baldassarri isn't going anywhere. In fact, he may find that he'll stick around for quite some time, if not forever. Because he knows what it takes to succeed, he's a safe bet for the future.
Motorcycle racing is such a tough sport, and riders who know what they're doing are often the ones who stay in the game for a long time. For instance, Valentino Rossi has been riding for Yamaha for several years and he's still in the championship right now. Even after having a bad crash, he's still here, because he knows what it takes to win.
Baldassarri may have the talent and the drive to do the same thing, but he has a lot to learn first. In other words, he'll have to learn how to get over a bad crash, how to handle different motorcycles and have good skills on the bike before he can start to challenge for a championship.
But you know what? That's the good news. Baldassarri knows what he's doing and is still riding for a very good reason.