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While Valentino Rossi has a recorded nine MotoGP World Championship titles to his name before he retired from the sport, racing and speed are in his blood, the 43-year-old has an adrenaline addiction at the highest level so seeing him switching to tin tops is no real surprise. We’ve seen Rossi dabble in 4-wheeled motorsports many times over the years, most recently at the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS Evo II GT3, the man has just been announced as the 21st driver for the 2023 BMW M Team WRT. The tool for the job is the BMW M Motorsport-prepared BMW M4 GT3, and seeing the car in the iconic race colours he raced in for many years is a little mind-blowing. We’ve actually seen his luminescent yellow and blue livery on cars before thanks to fans doing virtual mock-ups in Photoshop and in race games like Gran Turismo 7, some even using their own designs on their personal cars as a vinyl wrap. Seeing an actual BMW M-built version that will actually race in 2023 is awesome, and we’re sure to see fans replicate the car’s look on their personal cars, and not just on BMWs. “Valentino Rossi needs no introduction. As one of the most successful motorcycle riders of all time, he has made history. His successes on the racetrack and his personality have quite rightly made him a living legend. But Valentino has proved that he is also an excellent racer on four wheels. He has shown that car racing has become his second motorsport home, and he brings all his passion, skills and commitment to this new chapter of his career. It’s fantastic that Valentino will be joining our BMW M Motorsport family as a new works driver next year. We’re really looking forward to working together – welcome aboard Vale!,” said Andreas Roos, Head of BMW M Motorsport.

"I am very proud to become an official BMW M works driver and it is a great opportunity,” said Rossi. “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. 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.” In the 2023 race season Rossi will campaign the car in both the European GT World Challenge and the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the latter of which will be brilliant to watch as it opens at Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia. Rossi has already done some testing in the BMW M4 GT3 to get him race-ready and he will also be confirming future race and guest appearances with BMW M Motorsport as soon as things are set in stone.

The BMW M4 GT3 is built to full FIA-specification and is powered by BMW’s tied and trusted P58 engine, which is the 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged inline 6-cylinder powerplant and it’s rated to produce up to 440 kW and is mated to an Xtrac sequential 6-speed gearbox.

Take a look at the YouTube Short showing a bit of Valentino Rossi's testing session with the BMW M4 GT3 here: YouTube Shorts

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