MotoGP legend Rossi returns to Gulf 12 Hours with brother Marini

MotoGP legend Rossi returns to the 12 hours of golf
MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi will return to the 12 Hours of the Gulf in Bahrain in January with his Avintia half-brother Luca Marini in a Ferrari 488 GT3.
Rossi contested the 12-hour event at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi last year in a Kessel Racing-operated 488 Ferrari paired by Marini and his longtime friend and business partner Alessio Salucci.
The trio took a class win with their 488 GT3 in the Pro-Am class and came in third overall. It will return in January to defend its crown.
A brief statement from the organizers said: "MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi will return to the 12 Hours of Golf on January 9, 2021 at the Bahrain International Circuit.
"Rossi made his 12-hour golf debut in 2019 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi with the Monster VR46 Kessel Racing Team, won the GT3 Pro-Am class and finished third overall.
"He will return with his team-mates Luca Marini and Alessio Salucci in their Ferrari 488 GT3."
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event has been moved from Yas Marina to the Bahrain International Circuit and postponed from December to January.
MotoGP legend Rossi returns to the 12 hours of golf
Rossi hinted earlier this year that he wanted to drive the 12 Hours of Golf instead of attending the World Rally Championship finale at the Monza Rally in December.
The Italian isn't the only MotoGP rider to have ridden the 12 Hours of Golf. Former Yamaha team-mate and three-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo attended the event in 2016.
Rossi's protégé Franco Morbidelli was announced on Saturday morning as a participant in next month's WRC finale at Monza in a Hyundai WRC3 car.
This weekend's Portuguese Grand Prix marks Rossi's final appearance with the factory Yamaha roster after spending 15 years with the team in two stints.
He will leave for Petronas SRT alongside Morbidelli in 2021, but will continue to be a driver with a works contract and have machine parity with Maverick Vinales and his replacement Fabio Quartararo.
Marini is currently 18 points ahead of the Moto2 championship ahead of the Portugal final at the weekend. The VR46 driver is one of four who can take the crown.
He will move up to MotoGP in 2021 with the Avintia roster in partnership with VR46 after signing a deal with Ducati and will join current Moto2 front runner Enea Bastianini.
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