Rossi to visit Isle of Man TT
Valentino Rossi will visit the Isle of Man TT for the first time this year, taking part in a demonstration lap around the 37.73-mile road course on a road going Yamaha R1.
"I am fascinated by all sorts of motorsport and the Isle of Man is a destination and a race I have wanted to experience for a long time," said Rossi.
"Always the MotoGP schedule is very busy around this time of year, but this year the TT has moved dates a little and there is a week gap between Mugello and Catalunya, so now at last we have the opportunity.
"I have seen many famous images from the TT races and of course heard much about it from Giacomo [Agostini]."
The TT course used to be the venue for the British Grand Prix from 1949 until 1976 when it was deemed too dangerous for the GP regulars, but the event survives strongly on its own drawing hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world.
The current lap record is held by John McGuinness at 130.354 mph.