MotoGP title winner Valentino Rossi says he is excited about the prospect of racing in Sunday's Vallelunga Six Hour sportscar race after hitting the track on Friday for the first practice sessions of the weekend.

The Yamaha rider will be at the wheel of a Kessel Racing-run Ferrari 430 GT3 for the event alongside Alessio Salucci and Andrea Ceccato for what will be his first sportscar race.

While he admitted that the team has yet to work on strategy for the race ahead, Rossi said he was looking forward to the challenge of an endurance event after sampling the car for the first time and had enjoyed his time in the car to date.

"In the first session I focused on getting to grips with the commands of the car, which is really quick," he told the Vallelunga circuit website. "In the second I started to step on it and I really enjoyed myself trying to get the set-up right.

"We haven't studied the right strategies for the race yet, but I'm really excited about the tussle in store."

Rossi's sportscar race comes on the back of previous four-wheel outings in the World Rally Championship and in F1, where he has tested for Ferrari on a number of occasions.