Valentino Rossi: praise for Ducati, future in BMW / MotoGP

During his visit to the Circuit Ricardo Tormo paddock, Valentino Rossi spoke on the sidelines of the Valencia GP about the 2022 MotoGP season and his future plans in motorsport.

Valentino Rossi looked over his shoulder at his VR46 charges at the season finale in Valencia. After his Mooney VR46 Racing Team’s first year of MotoGP, the 43-year-old Italian was satisfied. Marco Bezzecchi was eventually named “Rookie of the Year” with podium and pole positions. Luca Marini finished in the top six seven times.

“We are very satisfied with the team. Both Luca and Marco did very well. The work with the Academy is also going extremely well,” said the nine-time world champion in an interview with his Italian colleagues Sky Sports balance sheet.

In fact, Pecco Bagnaia brought to Tavullia the first MotoGP title for the famous VR46 Riders Academy, and at the same time the factory Ducati rider is the first Italian World Champion in the first class since Rossi in 2009. ,” Vale emphasized.

Rossi’s years at Ducati were not crowned with success in 2011 and 2012, but now the 115-time GP winner found words of appreciation for the 2022 “Triple Crown” winner: “Ducati has put everyone else in trouble in recent years. shifted to a higher gear. They work in an aggressive way, they have a lot of bikes on the track and therefore a lot of data. With the Japanese factories now behind, Yamaha and Honda must understand that they have to do more to win. On the other hand, Ducati is reaping the rewards of Dall’Igno’s work and has the best bike today.”

By the way: The retired and proud father of MotoGP revealed that he and his daughter Giulietta watch races and practice together.

Speaking about his first year in GT World Challenge Europe with the WRT team, Rossi said: “I was driving an Audi, but next year I will be driving a BMW. I’m happy, I’ll stay in the same team but we’ll get a different car. I tested the car on Monday after the last race in Catalonia and I like it, modern, twin-turbo and bigger than the Audi. The car also seems easier to drive.”

It’s an open secret that the motorcycle superstar has long dreamed of racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. BMW has announced its entry into the World Sportscar Championship (FIA WEC), which includes Le Mans, for the 2024 season.

Vale therefore hopes for a test in the BMW V8 Hybrid LMDh, but also admitted: “You’ll have to see if I’m fast enough to drive in the hypercar class. It will be a tough challenge.”

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