The nine-time bike grand prix world champion retired from MotoGP at the end of the 2021 campaign and can change to a profession in GT racing in 2022.
Last month Rossi announced he had signed with leading endurance squad WRT to race one among its factory-backed Audi R8s within the GT World Problem Europe Dash and Endurance Cups.
In an interview launched by WRT, Rossi spoke of how his cope with Vincent Vosse’s squad got here collectively and his goals for the season.
“Vincent got here to me in Tavullia, I like his method, I prefer to race with Audi, and this workforce may be very aggressive,” Rossi mentioned.
“They at all times struggle for the victory, so this is essential.
“I wish to attempt the automobile as a result of I’ve by no means tried the Audi, and we tried in Valencia [at a test in December] and I loved very a lot.
“The automobile is excellent to drive, it’s a really robust race automobile. Vincent mentioned that my lap occasions usually are not so unhealthy, so I belief him.
“This can be a new journey, it’s a brand new world.
“Particularly we have to perceive my stage, my velocity, as a result of we don’t know.
“I hope to be aggressive, to struggle for the rostrum and I’ve to let you already know throughout the season.”
Rossi isn’t any stranger to endurance racing in GTs, having been a daily on the Gulf 12 Hours in a Kessell Ferrari, scoring class wins and total podiums.
He missed the 2022 event in Abu Dhabi after a close contact examined constructive for COVID-19.
Waiting for his debut within the GTWCE, Rossi has expressed pleasure for his first correct 24-hour endurance race on the “mythological” Spa.
“Racing with automobiles was at all times in my thoughts,” Rossi added.
“So the time has arrived, I feel that I’ve sufficient energy, sufficient energy to try to do another seasons with the automobile.
“Throughout these years, I attempted to grasp the place I can race the place I can have enjoyable and I’ve some expertise with the GT3 automobiles and I get pleasure from so much.
“The automobile is nice, the automobile is quick. I like so much the championship, I like so much to have the dash races and endurance races.
“I wish to attempt one 24-hour race in Spa. I’ve by no means been in Spa, by no means. By no means seen the observe.
“It’s a mythological observe, particularly for the automobiles. I’m very curious to make this race additionally as a result of it’s one of the best race for the GT automobile on the planet.
“So, I resolve for that. However see additionally for me, all is new, so I let you already know throughout the season.”