Rossi for Wales Rally GB?
- 28th September 2007, 12:55pm
Motorcycle ace, Valentino Rossi, is in discussions with Subaru to compete in this year’s Rally GB, the final round of the 2007 World Rally Championship.
Speculation about Rossi’s participation has started to mount in recent weeks, in the countdown to the Welsh event, which runs from November 30 to December 2. Sources suggest that Subaru have kept in contact with Valentino and his management since Rally New Zealand last year and would very much like to see him back in a Subaru for Rally GB.
Rossi is reported to be keen to contest another WRC event after competing in Rally New Zealand in 2006 when he finished eleventh outright.
Rossi said he felt ready for another attack on his 'home' event, after the disappointment of 2002, when he crashed out in his Michelin-backed Peugeot 206 WRC just 17 kilometres into the event.
"In 2007 at the end of the season,” Rossi declared, “I will definitely race again in the RAC [Rally GB].”
The MotoGP season ends on November 4 in Valencia, so he would have time to prepare himself for the rally providing testing for the 2008 MotoGP doesn’t get in the way.
Meanwhile, young Aussie motorcycle star, Casey Stoner, is said to have expressed a desire to get behind the wheel of a rally car at ARC or WRC level in the future. “I’d love to have a go at something like that if the opportunity arose,” he said.
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