Valentino Rossi remains stranded at home in his good town of Tavullia due to a health crisis which has identified him as a contact case. The Covid-19 definitely remains a permanent threat and the Doctor has reason to complain about finding himself deprived of an Endurance version motor racing event which was to definitively seal his new career. But if he will not be in the 12 Hours of the Gulf, his Ferrari, his half-brother and his lifelong accomplice Uccio will be there and will be keen to do him honor. But then who replaced him behind the wheel?
To his great regret, Valentino Rossi stays in Tavullia and does not participate in 12 Hours of the Gulf. But on the circuit of Yas Marina there is his Ferrari GT3 with the 46 plate livery. Vale is forced into self-isolation after coming into contact with a Coronavirus positive person. A nasty tile for the champion of Tavullia who was so keen on this meeting to warm up for the next professional commitment in motor racing. There is a rough agreement with the brand Audi, but nothing official yet.
On the circuit of Yas Marina, however, the Ferrari 488 GT3 of the Swiss team Kessel Racing is taking part in this competition, which is in its tenth edition. Luca Marini, Alessio Salucci and the former GP3 driver David Fumanelli, which succeeded Valentino Rossi at the last moment, the steering wheel will be exchanged. After Thursday’s free practice, qualifying will take place on Friday and Saturday the 12 Hours of the Gulf proper will be launched, with two sessions of six hours each.
The spirit of Valentino Rossi hangs over Abu Dhabi
Motorsport fans and VR46 will be able to follow the race live on the event’s official YouTube channel. Alessio ‘Uccio’ Salucci posted a post on Instagram at the end of the first day of action at the Abu Dhabi track: today was a great day of testing, waiting for tomorrow’s qualifying « . Obviously, without Valentino Rossi, this participation in the endurance race has another flavor.
On the way back there will be plenty for the VR46 men to do. Luca Marini will have to step up his athletic training with a view to taking part in the first test of the MotoGP class of 2022, which will be held at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia, where he will test the new Ducati GP22 with the latest updates made by the manufacturer of Borgo Panigale. Alessio Salucci will be engaged in the role of team manager of the team Mooney VR46, who will make his league debut with Marco Bezzecchi and Marini himself. It will be a good test for the Tavullia team as they face their first season in the top flight of the World Championship.