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Rossi reveals Nurburgring 24 Hours want

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Seven-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi defined that the German GT3 enduro on the Nordschleife “is within the plan” and was up there with the Le Mans 24 Hours on his bucket checklist when he switched full-time to automobile racing in 2022 on his retirement from two wheels.

Rossi ticked the Le Mans field this 12 months as a part of his full-season marketing campaign within the World Endurance Championship with the WRT BMW LMGT3 class squad however confused that he has no speedy plans to race on the Nurburgring. 

He defined that his programme with WRT that straddles the WEC and the GT World Problem Europe Endurance Cup will preclude an try on the 24 hours on the Nurburgring subsequent 12 months a minimum of.  

“It was one in every of my first targets: to race on the Nordschleife together with Le Mans,” mentioned Rossi, who’s contracted to BMW as a manufacturing facility driver.

“The Nordschleife is a good observe for everyone: the drivers love the circuit and I’ve performed one thing like 2,000 laps on the simulator with my pals.”

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Rossi has already confirmed that he once more intends to undertake a twin programme with WRT and BMW’s new-for-2025 BMW M4 GT3 EVO within the WEC and the GTWCE enduros subsequent 12 months.

That, he acknowledged, will imply there might be no Nurburgring assault for him in 2025.

The 45-year-old defined that he didn’t wish to add in further races, together with two begins on the Nordschleife within the Nurburgring Lengthy-distance Collection [NLS] in a automobile under three-litre capability essential to acquire the licence or allow to compete within the 24 Hours. 

#46 Group WRT BMW M4 GT3: Raffaele Marciello, Maxime Martin, Valentino Rossi

Photograph by: Eric Le Galliot

“Already I do lots of races in the intervening time with this programme and to go and do different weekends on the Nurburgring with a small automobile, now no,” he mentioned. 

“However sooner or later, we are going to see.”

Rossi is scheduled to race on 16 weekends this 12 months: along with the eight WEC rounds and 5 GTWCE enduros, he has already competed in two GTWCE Dash Cup occasions and the Bathurst 12 Hours in February. 

The appearances within the Dash Cup and at Bathurst, which conflict with the celebrations he has deliberate for his forty sixth birthday, are more likely to disappear subsequent 12 months. 

“I feel eight [races in WEC] and 5 [in GTWCE] is a extremely good quantity,” he mentioned. 

Rossi additionally attends a handful of MotoGP rounds every season along with his VR46 Ducati workforce.

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