The motorcycling legend started a brand new chapter of his racing profession on Sunday with a 17th place end for the GT class debut at Imola, at his house in Italy.
It’s the job that comes in, even at 43: for his debut with the Belgian WRT crew, Valentino Rossi made a small mistake in the pit lane. Not discovering his storage regardless of the indicators from the mechanics, he needed to go away for a lap earlier than lastly giving strategy to his teammate. Even if it actually value locations for the crew shaped by Rossi, the Swiss Nico Muller and the Belgian Frédéric Vervisch, this error particularly made his crew smile when Rossi lastly left the wheel.
“We didn’t know exactly what to expect, optimistically we thought we could get into the top ten and we almost made it. Unfortunately I made a mistake entering the pits, we could have done better, but we went strong“, he commented at the microphone of Sky Sport. The nine-time world champion in all categories in motorcycle speed, retired since the end of the 2021 season, now drives an Audi R8 LMS… still colored in his favorite yellow and decked out in his fetish number 46. And still with the same fervor in the paddock or in the stands for “Value“.
“It was stunning. There’s loads happening, the races are a bit chaotic with so many vehicles on the monitor, however it’s stunning“, he estimated. Before this three-hour race which kicks off the Endurance Cup season in GT, Rossi and his two teammates had set the fifteenth qualifying time. The WRT crew nonetheless signed the victory with one other trio (Kelvin van der Linde-Dries Vanthoor-Charles Weerts).