Despite racing without Valentino Rossi , the Monster VR46 Kessel Racing still managed to achieve slick results in the Gulf 12 Hours 2022 car endurance race at Yas Marina Circuit , Abu Dhabi, Saturday (8/1/2022). They even managed to get on the podium in both the Pro-Am class and the general classification.
As is known, after officially retiring from MotoGP in November 2021, Rossi is now starting to get busy preparing himself for a new career as a full car racer. The Doctor is determined to start 2022 by taking part in the Gulf 12 Hours event.
In the endurance racing event, Rossi has participated twice. Previously, he took to the track in the 2019 edition at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, and in the 2021 edition at the Bahrain Sakhir Circuit. The 2022 edition is officially back at Yas Marina.
Reasons for Valentino Rossi Absent
Rossi was actually scheduled to return to team with his younger brother who defended the Mooney VR46 Racing Team in MotoGP, Luca Marini, and his best friend, Alessio ‘Uccio’ Salucci. They also plan to return to driving a Ferrari 488 GT3 in the Pro-Am class.
Unfortunately, on Wednesday (5/1/2022), Rossi had a close contract with someone who tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, he had to self-quarantine at his home in Tavullia, Italy and could not go to Abu Dhabi to compete in the Gulf 12 Hours 2022.
Even so, Marini and Salucci can still compete. Rossi himself was replaced by David Fumanelli. According to a Crash.net report , since the race week started, they immediately appeared competitive. They even qualified well and started from fourth position.
Up the Podium Again
In the first six hours, the Monster VR46 Kessel Racing was in fifth position in the general classification and was included in a group of four cars fighting for second place in the Pro-Am class. In the end, the squad finished second in the class. In the general classification, they also finished third.
This is the second time Kessel Racing’s Monster VR46 has taken the podium at the Gulf 12 Hours. In 2019, they won the Pro-Am class and finished third in the general classification. In 2021, they finished second in the Pro-Am class, but unfortunately failed to finish on the podium in the general classification.
After undergoing self-quarantine, Rossi will continue his preparations for a career in car racing, while Marini will take part in the pre-season MotoGP test at Sepang, Malaysia, on 5-6 February 2022, accompanied by Salucci as team director.
Miss Valentino Rossi’s Action? Don’t Miss Gulf 12 Hours 2022, Here’s The Schedule
After officially retiring from MotoGP in November 2021, Valentino Rossi is now busy preparing himself for a new career as a full car racer. The nine-time world champion will also start 2022 by competing at the Gulf 12 Hours , January 6-8.
In this car endurance racing event, Rossi has participated three times. Previously, he took to the track in the 2019 edition at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, and in the 2021 edition at the Bahrain Sakhir Circuit. The 2022 edition is officially back at Yas Marina.
Like the two previous editions, Rossi will team up with his younger brother who defends the Mooney VR46 Racing Team in MotoGP, Luca Marini, and his best friend, Alessio ‘Uccio’ Salucci. They will return to defend the Monster VR46 Kessel Racing and drive a Ferrari 488 GT3 in the Pro-Am class.
Competitive in 2019 and 2021 Edition
In the 2019 edition, Rossi with Marini and Salucci looked impressive. In the Pro-Am class, they managed to become the winner, and sit in third place in the general classification. Last year, they sat in the second position in the class classification, and sat in the fourth position in the general classification.
On the other hand, Rossi doesn’t know which auto racing championship he will compete in in the remainder of 2022. However, he insists he only wants to take part in endurance racing. At the beginning of December 2021, he also had a surprising trial with Audi in Valencia, considering that he had been loyal to Ferrari.
Already miss Valentino Rossi’s action on the track? You can also watch the match at the Gulf 12 Hours 2022 via live broadcasts. The following is the schedule and live streaming link for the championship (WIB).