Valentino Rossi with no limits: “Ten more years of racing and winning at Le Mans”

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Valentino Rossi without limits: "Ten more years of racing and winning at Le Mans"

Valentino Rossi, who left the motorcycles è switched to four wheels in the GT World Challenge and is now preparing for the transition to the World Endurance Championship, with the stated goal of racing (and winning) no less than the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the BMW M4 #46 of the Wrt team in the LMGT3 class, gave an interview to Gazzetta dello Sport in Qatar, where the Doctor è engaged in his first race of the year. Here are his words.

"This è my third season in cars, in GT racing there's a very high level and for me at the beginning è it was difficult. I managed to improve, but I still have to work to close the gap with the best. Starting here in Qatar on a track I know definitely helps me. It is not è an easy track, the track limits will be a big challenge during the race becauseé it takes very little to get off the track".

"Definitely had to learn how to handle traffic. There'è a big difference in speedà with the Hypercars, but their drivers are professionals and they know perfectly well how to behave during lapped cars. Obviously for me to race the 24 Hours of Le Mans è the goal of this program. Last year I tried the track during the Road to Le Mans and it went very well, I can't wait to experience the full race. The atmosphere è extraordinary, I was impressed by how many people were there".

“Competing in Le Mans for the overall standings? Whyé not? Itè not necessarily a goal, I donè t know if Iè ll be fast enough to drive a Hypercar becauseè lì are all professional drivers. I would like to try it forò, I insisted so much with Bmw and this year Andreas (Roos, head of motorsport) promised me that he canò do it at the end of the season”.

“Last year I tried an Lmp2 to understand how to drive a prototype. In some ways it is closer to a MotoGP than a GT. The trajectories are similar, there'è a lot of grip. We will see, but I would still be happy to go ahead with GTs. How much more will you run? The problem è that I am getting older, although I am in good shape. I would like to go on another ten years, but it depends a lot on how I starò and if I will still be fast. On the track I don’t think about Giulietta, I’m relaxed and focused".

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