May 18, 2024
Valentino Rossi turns into BMW M Motorsport ‘works driver’ | MotoGP

Rossi, who retired from MotoGP on the finish of 2021, spent this 12 months competing for WRT within the Fanatec GT World Problem, on the wheel of an Audi.

WRT is switching to BMW for 2023, with Rossi signing to race an M4 in each the Fanatec GT World Problem and Bathurst 12 Hour.

However the brand new settlement, immediately with BMW, means the 43-year-old Italian will now even be out there for additional unspecified ‘race and take a look at appearances in BMW M Motorsport racing vehicles’.

Additional particulars will likely be introduced at a later date.

“I’m very proud to turn into an official BMW M works driver and it’s a nice alternative,” mentioned Rossi.

“Final 12 months I began racing severely in vehicles and I completed my first season with the WRT staff with whom I obtained on very nicely and I’m very completely satisfied that the WRT staff selected BMW M Motorsport as a brand new accomplice.

“I’ve already had an opportunity to check the BMW M4 GT3 twice and the sensation with the automobile is superb. I believe we might be aggressive subsequent season.

“Additionally, BMW M Motorsport has given me the chance to race with two very sturdy drivers subsequent 12 months, Maxime Martin and Augusto Farfus.

“I nonetheless have quite a bit to be taught and enhance, however I hope to be as much as the duty and quick sufficient to combat through the race weekends.”

BMW: Rossi ‘a dwelling legend’

Andreas Roos, Head of BMW M Motorsport, added: “Valentino Rossi wants no introduction. As one of the crucial profitable motorbike riders of all time, he has made historical past. His successes on the racetrack and his persona have fairly rightly made him a dwelling legend.

“However Valentino has proved that he’s additionally a superb racer on 4 wheels. He has proven that automobile racing has turn into his second motorsport dwelling, and he brings all his ardour, abilities and dedication to this new chapter of his profession.

“It’s unbelievable that Valentino will likely be becoming a member of our BMW M Motorsport household as a brand new works driver subsequent 12 months. We’re actually trying ahead to working collectively – welcome aboard Vale!”

Rossi is the twenty first member of the BMW M works driver squad.