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Grapevine: Capello wants to race with Rossi

Double Le Mans winner and former American Le Mans Series champion Dindo Capello is keen to team with MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi for an endurance race

Capello made the suggestion after beating Rossi to victory in the Monza Rally, a post-season event that both Italians traditionally contest, last weekend. Earlier in the month Rossi had contested the Vallelunga Six Hours sportscar race, finishing third in his class in a GT3 Ferrari.

"I'd like to take part in an endurance race with Rossi, maybe in an Audi R8," Capello told Gazzetta dello Sport. "Valentino has shown, a couple of weeks ago at the Six Hours of Vallelunga, that he has no problem racing with these cars, and most of all that he is quick.

"So, if he really wants to race in the [Le Mans] 24 Hours, as he has suggested sometimes, I think it wouldn't be bad for him to do some races in order to acclimatise. From what has been seen, he has the talent to make it.

"We've chatted a bit after the end of the rally, and Valentino immediately said he will think about it."

Rossi confirmed that he was interested in Capello's suggestion.

"Yes, it's a project Dindo has mentioned to me, even though we didn't speak at length about it," he said. "For sure I like that idea very much. He's promised me we'll soon discuss it."

The motorcycling legend said he was always keen to take part in 'extra-curricular' events around the MotoGP season.

"It's nice to drive different cars and bikes," said Rossi. "I'm very curious, and I like to see what's around and what sensations you get. In the last few weeks I've enjoyed myself doing cross on the bike, the Six Hours of Vallelunga and the rally. Next week I'll do the Bologna Motor Show and then my vacations will begin."

Rossi is also still pursuing a drive in the Mexican round of next year's World Rally Championship. He has been linked to a Ford seat for the event, which would mark his third attempt at a world championship rally if he can complete a deal.

"For the Mexico Rally we are working on it, we are looking for the budget and working on the organisation," Rossi said.

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