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Rossi eyes transfer to GT3 racing after MotoGP retirement

9-time grand prix bike world champion Rossi is in his 26th season within the MotoGP World Championship and probably his final, as his present Yamaha contract with Petronas SRT expires on the finish of 2021.

Rossi will determine on his MotoGP future in the summertime break, although is presently within the midst of his worst-ever grand prix season having scored simply 15 factors from the primary seven races.

It’s understood Rossi has efficiency standards in his Yamaha contract he should meet in 2021 earlier than discussions about 2022 will be had, along with his present kind unlikely to fulfill that.

Rossi has made no secret of his need to proceed racing in automobiles after he retires from MotoGP, expressing an curiosity in competing within the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Having made profitable endurance outings in Ferrari GT3 equipment lately, Rossi says he’s more likely to compete in that class of equipment when he retires from MotoGP – although would not know in what sequence.

“Like I all the time mentioned, after I end with MotoGP I need to race with the automobiles,” Rossi mentioned.

“I did some expertise with rallying as a result of I’m a rally fanatic.

“I additionally did a world championship race, however for me rallying on the finish is tough as a result of it is very demanding and I need to race on circuits as a result of I choose it, I prefer it extra.

“I’ve expertise racing the GT3, which is an attention-grabbing class as a result of it has quite a lot of totally different manufacturing unit automobiles, necessary – from Ferrari to Porsche, from Bentley to Aston Martin.

“So, I believe I’ll race with that kind of automotive after I cease racing in MotoGP. However I do not know during which championship sincerely.

“There is a distinction – there’s the endurance championship, there’s the 24 hours, quite a lot of races. However I hope to race there.”

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Rossi has made a number of outings in Ferrari GT3 equipment over the previous decade, with two appearances within the 2012 Blancpain Endurance Sequence for Kessel Racing at Monza and the Nurburgring.

Sticking with Kessel, in 2019 Rossi took a category win in Professional-Am and third general on the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi driving alongside present Avintia MotoGP rider Luca Marini and his right-hand man Uccio Salucci.

#46 Monster VR46 Kessel Ferrari 488 GT3: Valentino Rossi, Luca Marini, Alessio Salucci

#46 Monster VR46 Kessel Ferrari 488 GT3: Valentino Rossi, Luca Marini, Alessio Salucci

Picture by: Fotospeedy

Rossi additionally contested the Bahrain 12 Hours in January earlier this 12 months with the identical crew, taking a podium in third.

Exterior of GT racing, Rossi has contested two rounds of the World Rally Championship, crashing out of Rally GB in 2002, and ending 11th on Rally New Zealand in 2006 in a two-year-old Subaru Impreza.

Rossi can be a seven-time winner of the Monza Rally, and has had quite a few Method 1 assessments for Ferrari and Mercedes – the latter coming in 2019 at Valencia as a part of a trip swap with Lewis Hamilton.

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