Bathurst, Valentino Rossi smiles despite final mockery

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Valentino Rossi’s No. 46 BMW finished sixth on the legendary Mount Panorama track

Honorable sixth place for Valentino Rossi at the Bathurst 12 Hours, the first round of the 2023 Intercontinental GT Challenge. The Tavullia driver, who raced the legendary Australian race alongside teammates Augusto Farfus and Maxime Martin at the wheel of a BMW M4 GT3 of the WRT team, finished about a lap behind the race winners Kenny Habul, Jules Goudon and Luca Stolz of Mercedes.

Qualifying eighth but starting from sixth place on the grid due to the penalty of two competitors, Valentino Rossi along with his team came within a step of finishing on the podium, and of repeating the third place achieved at the Dubai 24 Hours.

But a technical problem at the end of the race cost the Doctor and his team the podium. Not too bad for Valentino, who confirmed his good feeling on the BMW and will now face with more confidence the GT World Challenge Europe, starting in Monza on the weekend of April 23.

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