Valentino Rossi fills the 2019 MotoGP pause by testing the Ferrari 488 GT3 in Misano, Italy in order to prepare for the 2019 Gulf 12 Hours endurance race at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 14.
Rossi tries a new experience in the world of racing. The Italian rider may have planned to retire in MotoGP because his contract with Yamaha expires next season. The 41-year-old is linked to a Formula 1 (F1) race, and is getting stronger to retire in MotoGP after deciding to take part in the Gulf 12 Hours 2019.
Rossi, a nine-time MotoGP champion, trialled with a Ferrari 488 GT3 with Team Kessel based in Lugano, Switzerland. Since Wednesday (9/10/2019), Rossi tested the toughness of his ride at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
This is not the first time Rossi jumped into a race car. Previously he was rumored to be moving to F1, 10 years ago after only 0.7 seconds behind Michael Schumacher in the Ferrari test.
“I didn’t give him advice, he didn’t need it,” Schumacher said at the time as reported by the Daily Star.
Former Ferrari supremo, Stefano Domenicali, explained in 2010 that Rossi could achieve the best ranking in F1. “Vale will be an excellent Formula 1 racer, but he chose a different path,” he explained.
“He is part of our family and that is why we want to give him this opportunity.”
“We are very happy to be together again; two Italian symbols like Ferrari and Valentino Rossi. “
F1 career now looks impossible for Rossi because of his age. However, moving to a tour or endurance race car after he announced his resignation from MotoGP seemed feasible.
BT sports expert and paddock insider Neil Hodgson told Starsport earlier this season Rossi would never be forced out.
“Yamaha is racing to sell motorcycles, and Rossi sells motorcycles,” added Hodgson. “They will not say: ‘if you don’t move a finger, we will withdraw your contract.’
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