Valentino Rossi says he is eager to try a V8 Supercar, but will probably not do so until his MotoGP career is over.
The seven-time MotoGP world champion has long planned to race cars after he retires from motorcycle competition, though the World Rally Championship has been cited as his most likely post-MotoGP destination since he called time on his Formula 1 ambitions four years ago. He is also considering the Australian-based touring car series, and admitted he had already begun making inquiries.
"I spoke with some guys already last year and also with some drivers, who offered me a car to drive, but for now it's difficult because going to Australia is quite far for me," Rossi said. "I want to, but in two, three or four years, when I finish with motorcycles. I'm not in a hurry."
The Italian thinks it would be logistically difficult to even test a V8 machine between the demands of the MotoGP calendar.
"I think it would be difficult to organize the test [while racing in MotoGP]," Rossi admitted. "I just like that type of car, for sure they are very fast and they look good to drive, so I want to try one. But when? I don't know. It depends on the schedules. I think it will be difficult for now, I'm saying it more for the future."
V8 Supercars recently welcomed a host of international guest stars for its Surfers Paradise event, and is hoping to attract more big names from other disciplines in future years.