MotoGP star Valentino Rossi will return to sports cars for next weekend's Blancpain Endurance Series race at the Nurburgring.
The seven-time MotoGP champion contested the opening Blancpain race at Monza in April, sharing a Kessel-run Ferrari with Alessio Salucci. They qualified in the top 10 and finished 18th after an incident in traffic. Rossi will drive the same car in the German event, which shares the bill with the penultimate round of the GT1 World Championship.
During his last Blancpain outing, Rossi said that GT racing was a potential option for his post-MotoGP career. He recently completed a deal to return to Yamaha in MotoGP after two troubled seasons at Ducati.
"In the future if I want to go racing it is better for me in a car than on a bike," he said back in April. "I have done rallying but it is more about controlling the car on the slide on the gravel. In GT racing it is about racing lines, breaking and rhythm and I enjoy it a lot."