Movistar Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi has said he could return to the Suzuka Eight-Hours endurance race but will only do so after he retires from MotoGP.
The 37-year-old Italian participated in the prestigious endurance race in 2001 teaming up with Colin Edwards to win the event but said afterwards he would never participate again.
In a chat with reporters at Misano ahead of this weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix, Rossi said, when asked, that he would consider a return to Suzuka but only after he retired.
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"I like a lot the race and I love to make it also with Yamaha," said Rossi. "For me, it can be. But the problem is not during the MotoGP season, so maybe when I stop. Sincerely, now I am too old and we don’t have time to make the Eight-Hours.
“In reality, the only week or ten days when we have the holiday between the first part and the second part, so if you spend that week in Suzuka it is a big stress physically and mentally so you can pay in the second half but maybe in the future when I stop, I want to try with Yamaha, is a great race,” he added.
In the current MotoGP rider standings with six races remaining in the season, Rossi is in second place with 160 points well behind leader Marc Marquez on his Repsol Honda sitting on 210 points.