Valentino Rossi, mistake in the pits on his driving debut – sport

Imola (Bologna), April 4, 2022 – For the thousands of fans in the stands of theImola Racecourse (20,000 admissions in total over the weekend) the result didn’t matter: “I’ll follow you even if you played bowls, 46”, reads a sign in the crowd. In fact The beginnings of Valentino Rossi behind the wheel was marked with a mistake in the pits which ultimately is costs seventeenth place in the GT World Challenge Europe, a championship reserved for covered wheels. But no matter: to Enzo and Dino Ferrari the ‘Doctor’ ran for about an hour, taking over from Nico Muller, before handing it over to Frédéric Vervisch. A ‘baptism’ in the four wheels after a career as a sporting epic on both, marked by this small mess by returning to the pits for deliveries, under the safety car regime.

Social media, however, is all for the Audi R8 LMS GT3 evo II of the Belgian team WRT, marked by the iconic number 46 that characterized the career of the “Doctor” also in motorcycling. A real wave of affection that makes Rossi smile: “I’m happy. I enjoyed running today. Too bad, because we were a long time behind the safety car. The mistake in the pits? There was a lot of confusion, several cars stopped and I lost the mechanic’s signal, I made a mistake. An error dictated by inexperience. I learned a lot. 1st, along Brands Hatch Circuit, England.

The feeling between Valentino and Imola there’s always been, “I love this track. It’s unique and special, close to downtown. And the design is old-fashioned, the kind I like. I raced here many years ago, the last time in 1999. Unfortunately, when I passed 500, we never went back to Imola,” he said in recent days. Unsurprisingly, Rossi came to ride the Santerno a few hours after the birth of his daughter Giulietta. Before the test laps and the three-hour race in 2022, Rossi’s last laps at Enzo and Dino Ferrari dated back to the ancient millennium. A second place in 1999 behind Loris Capirossi in 250, when the World Championship was a fixed stage at Imola. Even before that, the champion from Tavullia had been racing in 1996: he finished fifth in the 125 class aboard his already number 46 Aprilia. The following year, still in 125, Rossi’s first victory, repeated in 1998 when the Doctor instead debuted in 250.

Returning to yesterday’s race, the Muller-Rossi-Vervisch driver trio he finished the race (renamed ‘Tre Ore di Imola’) in seventeenth place. The trio of Dries Vanthoor, Charles Weerts and Kelvin Van Der Linde won this first round.

Many people in the stands in what was the real starter for the return (with the public) of Formula 1, after two GPs silenced by the pandemic. From April 22-24, the Rolex F1 GP of Made in Italy and Emilia-Romagna could bring fans back to the glories of 2006, the last Grand Prix contested in front of fans.

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