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by Myron Jobson

The half-brother of multiple MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi is hoping to follow in his footsteps, by making his Grand Prix debut as a wild card in the Moto3 World Championship next month (13-15 September).

At the tender age of 16, Luca Marini just meets the minimum age requirement for the competition in San Masino in mid September, and he will be riding an FTR Honda.

And he is certainly not short of ambition, with his sights set on a win in Masino.

He told MotoGP.com: "If I could win that title it would make it a little easier to switch to the World Championship, in terms of securing sponsors and a good team, but first you need to succeed."

Marini who is yet to record a victory is currently in second place in the Italian Championships, 23 points adrift of the coveted top spot. He has been on the podium six times in his last eight outings

The 16-year-old spoke of the "deepening" of his "great" relationship with his half-brother in recent times, who he sees every day and goes to the gym with.

Can the young Italian live up to the family name and replicate the successes of his brother before him, who started his professional racing almost twenty years ago? Only time will tell and at just 16 years old, time is certainly on his side.

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