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MotoGP star Rossi to race in 2007 Rally of Britain

11/25/2006

LONDON -- MotoGP ace Valentino Rossi
intends to compete in next year's Rally of Britain after racing
in New Zealand last weekend.

"In 2007 at the end of the season I will definitely race
again in the RAC," the Italian told the Gazzetta dello Sport
newspaper on Saturday, referring to the Welsh event by its
former name.

Rossi, a seven-time world champion on two wheels who lost
his MotoGP title this season to American Nicky Hayden, has toyed
with the idea of a switch to Formula One with Ferrari but made
clear that rallying would be his preference.

"Yes, this could be my future after motorcycling," said the
27-year-old at the two-day Rally of Monza, where he drove a Ford
Focus.

"Formula One would be within my reach too but I have had my
chance and made another choice. Rallies could be a good
solution. Not for the entire season, but maybe a program of
eight races."

Rossi competed in the Rally of Britain in 2002 but failed to
finish the first leg, crashing out early on. He finished 11th in
New Zealand, however, after making a cautious start in a
privately-entered Subaru.

"I am happy because I did everything that I didn't do in
Wales in the RAC," said the Yamaha rider of last weekend. "To go
out after 20km, that hurts.

"After going to the other end of the world and having done
two days of hard reconnaissance, to go out immediately would
have done my head in."