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Rossi finishes ninth in Endurance Race

Valentino Rossi's team finishes in class at the Nurburgring round of the Blancpain Endurance Series.
A Ferrari team that included MotoGP star Valentino Rossi finished ninth in class during the Blancpain Endurance Series event at the Nurburgring on Sunday.

Rossi drove for the first part of the race, handing over the #46 Kessel Racing 458 Italia to best friend Alessio 'Uccio' Salucci, with Andrea Ceccato taking over for the final stint.

The trio were classified 19th and one lap down by the end of the three hour race, and were ninth in the Pro-Am class.

“I enjoyed it a lot,” said Rossi, shortly after stepping out of the car. “We decided I should do the first hour. I did okay. The rhythm was quite good, but unfortunately the safety car meant I had to stop a bit earlier than we had planned.”

The race marked Rossi's second Blancpain appearance of the season. The remaining round clashes with Rossi's MotoGP commitments, but he hopes to return in 2013.

“We will try to organise something for next year. I still have some margin to improve and I need more kilometres in the car,” said Rossi.

Rossi and Uccio had qualified tenth and finished 18th during their debut in a wet opening round of the series at Monza in April.

Nine time world champion Rossi will be back in MotoGP action this coming weekend at Aragon in Spain.

The Italian superstar will return to Yamaha, from Ducati, at the end of this season.


Tagged as: Yamaha , Ducati , Valentino Rossi

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till263 - Unregistered

September 23, 2012 10:27 PM

@ Tuned farks...rossi proved he was quick in a ferrari f1 car when he tested a few years ago...as i remember rossi was 3 tenths of schumacher's fastest time at ferrari test track on his tenth lap...when schumacher tested capirossi's ducati he was still 30 second's of the pace at the end of his first day!!



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