Valentino Rossi is also welcome in the DTM series

Author of the article: , published March 24, 2022.

According to DTM Race Director Frederic Elsner, Valentino Rossi is very welcome, although the German Championship this year has limited the performances of visiting racers, due to the packed starting lineup. “If he wants, he’s more than welcome,” Elsner said. "A racer of his caliber would certainly be allowed to perform, for example in Imola."

Rossi flirted with a one-off performance in the DTM race back in 2019, when MotoGP competitor Andrea Dovizioso decided to make the move. But there was no clash between the Italians on four wheels, and Rossi promised the head of the DTM series, Gerhard Berger, that he would take part in the race in the near future.

After finishing his career as a MotoGP racer, Rossi moved into the world of car racing and the DTM series is said to be one of the options flirted with the nine-time world motorcycle champion. Finally, he decided to take part in the GT World Challenge Europe, where he will race with the Audi R8 LMS GT3, and GT3 race cars have been in use in the DTM championship since last year, so the popular Italian could gain some experience. already this year he was able to fulfill his promise to Berger.

“I think he’s pretty focused on starting his MotoGP team this year,” Berger said. “I think he decided to make the transition a bit easier by performing in endurance races, where it will be easier to get used to cars. He would be happy to be accepted into the DTM championship, as his name would attract quite a bit of attention, but on the other hand, the transfer should suit him as well, as both sides would like to see rival Valentino Rossi. That's why I don't think it's time for him to test himself as a regular racer in the DTM series and that he made the right decision. "

Berger revealed that he did not personally discuss the transition to the DTM with Rossi, but discussed the possibilities with his managers last year. "We did not speak directly last year. We were in previous seasons, but not last year. I did talk to his managers, but nothing came of those conversations. I think he is fully engaged with his MotoGP team and gaining experience with the car, ”explained the Austrian.

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