Valentino Rossi is widely regarded as the greatest MotoGP rider in history. The Doctor made his debut in 1996 in the 125cc World Championship and has collected 9 Championships since. He won 7 MotoGP titles between 2001 and 2009. Rossi retired from motorbike racing at the end of 2021 and decided it was time for a new challenge.
In January, 2022 , Team WRT announcedThe Doctorwould be driving an Audi R8 LMS GT3 for the team in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup. This wouldn’t be Rossi’s first time behind the wheel of a race car. Notably, the 7 time MotoGP Champion has previously competed in events like the Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina. Rossi has also tested Scuderia Ferrari‘s F1 cars a number of times.
The No.46 Team WRT Audi R8 driven by Rossi could only manage to finish 16th in the standings in 2022. With the team switching to BMW cars after ending a 13 year long partnership with Audi, 2023 will provide a great opportunity for Rossi to show his mettle on 4 wheels. Team WRT will be entering the. championship with the BMW M4 GT3.
MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi to take part in his first race of the year this weekend
The Italian’s first race of the year is scheduled to get underway this weekend in Dubai. Rossi will be competing as a BMW factory driver for the first time in the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai. Rossi’s teammates include Maxime Martin, Sean Galael and Tim White.
This will not be the 7 time MotoGP Champion’s only endurance outing before the regular GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup begins in march. He will also be racing in the Bathurst 12 Hour race in February.
Following a mediocre showing in 2022, Rossi would undoubtedly be itching to show what he is capable of on 4 wheels. Valentino Rossi will be racing for Team WRT for the entirety of the 2023 season. He will be competing with an eagerness to replicate his MotoGP success on 4 wheels. It will be compelling to see if WRT’s chassis switch is able to produce the desired results.
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