Valentino Rossi during a thornbush at the Jerez circuit
| photo: Reuters

Forty-year-old Rossi finished a hurried career in the World Road Motorcycle Championship last year. During the quarter-century Grand Prix race, he won nine titles, including seven in the strongest category, won 115 Grands Prix and won 234 podium finishes.

The loved showman with the nickname Doctor rode fans on the end of motorcycles on the three-wheelers and the race in the European series of GT World Challenge sports cars. His team VR46 debuts in MotoGP this year.