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Rossi to contest Gulf 12 Hours forward of 2022 GT programme

Rossi, who retired from bike racing on the conclusion of this yr’s MotoGP season, will participate within the two six-hour occasions that make up the Yas Marina enduro in Abu Dhabi on eight January aboard a Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo.

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The seven-time MotoGP champion’s team-mates can be his half-brother Luca Marini and fellow Italian Alessio Salucci, with whom he completed third and fourth general in his two earlier makes an attempt on the race in 2019 and this yr when the occasion briefly moved to Bahrain on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rossi has acknowledged that he’s meaning to race automobiles usually subsequent season, describing four-wheel competitors as his “second ardour”.

“Yearly I attempt to make one or two races in automobiles,” Rossi stated in an interview posted this week on the IMSA SportsCar Championship’s Twitter feed.

“From subsequent yr I’ll race GT automobiles in endurances races and championships; for the time being it’s not determined [in which series] but.”

The 42-year-old hinted that there’s a robust chance that he may find yourself racing within the North American IMSA sequence in 2022, saying “there’s a very attention-grabbing championship within the US referred to as IMSA”, earlier than mentioning its season-opening Daytona 24 Hours fixture in January.

#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

Photograph by: Fotospeedy

Rossi has additionally outlined an ambition to in the future race on the Le Mans 24 Hours spherical of the World Endurance Championship.

“Once I cease doing MotoGP, I may nonetheless race automobiles for one more 10 years,” he stated in 2019.

“I actually take pleasure in it and and am considering of attempting to do Le Mans.”

Rossi’s four-wheel-racing expertise contains competing in two rounds of the 2012 Blancpain Endurance Sequence, now the GT World Problem Europe Endurance Cup, aboard a Kessel Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3.

He additionally examined a Ferrari Formulation 1 automobile in 2004, 2006 and 2009 and has contested three rounds of the World Rally Championship.

Final month, Rossi revealed that he would be interested to share a car with McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris in the future.

Norris, who’s an enormous fan of Rossi’s, subsequently revealed that he has discussed racing together with the Italian.

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