This weekend’s Valencia Grand Prix marks Rossi’s final ever MotoGP race, as he will get set to name time on his illustrious 26-season bike grand prix profession.
Norris has made no secret of his admiration of the nine-time grand prix bike world championship and has primarily based crash helmet liveries round Rossi’s iconic solar and moon design.
They met on the 2019 British MotoGP, with Norris revealing on Thursday forward of the F1 Brazilian GP that he despatched Rossi a “heartfelt message” about his retirement and retains in common contact with the Italian.
“He despatched me a message final night time, simply because he’s going into the ultimate race of his profession,” Norris stated.
When requested what the message was, he replied: “It was only a comply with up from a message that I despatched him earlier than he was coming into this remaining weekend.
“A little bit heartfelt message saying that I used to be going to overlook him in MotoGP and congratulations for all the things he’s achieved and so forth. We discuss from time to time. We nonetheless wish to attempt to do one thing collectively, some type of driving.
“He does just a few GTs and stuff, and he does Abu Dhabi 12 or one thing, Dubai 12 Hours, so he nonetheless loves [racing], it’s not simply motorbikes he likes, he loves automotive racing as properly.
“Possibly he has a bit extra time to come back to an F1 race or one thing, then that’s nonetheless the plan for one thing we wish to attempt to do collectively. And hopefully that may be carried out.”
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Rossi will proceed racing in 2022 as he eyes a transfer into GT racing however hasn’t specified what his four-wheel programme can be except for the Gulf 12 Hours in January.
Talking extra on Rossi’s retirement, Norris says with out the Italian he wouldn’t have had the identical ambition to be a racing driver as he did.
“It’s unhappy occasions. I’m going to overlook him. I nonetheless attempt to watch as many MotoGP races as I can,” Norris added. “He was the man I watched after I was what, 4, 5, six years previous, acquired me into racing, acquired me onto a bike first.
“So yeah, he’s been the man that I regarded as much as, the man whose form of helped me get to this place the place I’m, as a result of in all probability with out watching him, my ambition of being a racing driver in all probability wouldn’t have been so excessive.
“I’m going to overlook it. I’m fortunate I acquired to fulfill him as soon as in a race in Silverstone, acquired to go to the MotoGP race. I’m going to overlook him in MotoGP. I don’t assume it’s simply me.
“I believe there’s hundreds of thousands of followers that help him which are going to overlook him being in Components 1 within the paddock, and his character, as a result of I believe that’s the most effective issues about him, the man he’s, the character he’s amongst folks, amongst followers.
“He has time for everybody, so I believe he’s a particular man and positively going to be missed.”