It’s been more than a year since Valentino Rossi, the MotoGP champion and legend, retired from the sport. Now, there’s news of the Italian racer joining BMW M Motorsports. So what’s cooking?

As per the reports, BMW M Motorsport division has officially announced that Valentino Rossi will join the team as a new Works driver next year. The Doctor will drive for BMW M Team WRT in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe series, as well as compete in the Bathurst 12 Hour in February, where he’ll be driving a BMW M4 GT3. Rossi is also expected to make other racing and/or test appearances in BMW M race cars over the course of the year.


Speaking about the same, Rossi said:

I am very proud to become an official BMW M works driver and it is a great opportunity. Last year, I started racing seriously in cars and I finished my first season with the WRT team with whom I got on very well and I am very happy that the WRT team chose BMW M Motorsport as a new partner,” Valentino Rossi said in a statement.

He also added:

I have already had a chance to test the BMW M4 GT3 twice and the feeling with the car is very good. I think we could be competitive next season. Also, BMW M Motorsport has given me the opportunity to race with two very strong drivers next year, Maxime Martin and Augusto Farfus. I still have a lot to learn and improve, but I hope to be up to the task and fast enough to fight during the race weekends.