The nine-time world champion left MotoGP in late 2021, completing a brilliant 26-season motorcycle Grand Prix race.
In 2022, Rossi will launch a full-fledged four-wheeler campaign in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance and Sprint Cups with WRT and Audi, the Italian is liaising with the German brand at MotoGP this year with his VR46 team, which will drive the equipment. from Ducati, owned by the VW Group.
Team boss Vincent Vosse described the pace of seven-time MotoGP world champion Rossi aboard the Audi R8 GT3 evo II during a wet run on the Manny Cours this week as “very, very impressive”.
“Valentina was so good on the wet,” Vosse told Motorsport.com.
“He had a natural sense of traction on the track. I was impressed but not surprised because we know he’s natural.”
Rossi became famous for his skill in wet weather in the days of MotoGP, winning his first victory in the premier class in rainy conditions in 2000 and adding other dominant successes on the wet field, including Japan in 2002, Dunnington in 2005 year and Silverstone in 2015. .
A one-day test for Rossi in France on Tuesday took place after the first outing with the team to Valencia late last year.
It was the first time the 42-year-old Italian had driven a full 2022 R8. The car he tested in Valencia had only some of the upgrades that came with this year’s release of the Evo II from Audi.
Valentina Rossi, WRT team, Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo
Photo: WRT Team
Axis explained that Russia has an intensive test program ahead as it prepares for a double attack on the endurance and sprint stages of the GTWCE.
“It will take 6 to 10 days, depending on how smooth our program is,” he said.
The schedule includes two days of official GTWCE pre-season tests at Paul Ricard on March 7/8.
Axis has expressed satisfaction with Rossi’s test program as he prepares for his first full season of car racing since leaving MotoGP late last year.
“Everything is going the right way, the Many-Cours test went well,” he said.
“We set one goal after another: the first is to get Valentin on speed, and then make sure he is ready for the start of the season.
“The third is to get on the podium, and then anything beyond that is a bonus.”
Axis has confirmed that Rossi’s teammates at his GTWCE will be Audi factory drivers.
“Valentine will have one rider for all 10 races, and another will join five endurance competitions,” he explained.
The identity of Russia’s management partners in 2022 has already been determined, and is likely to be announced before Ricardo’s test next month.
Last week, Rossi said in an interview published by the WRT that he is aiming for the podium in his first GTWCE season.