Valentino Rossi won the Road to Le Mans endurance race, at the wheel of Team WRT's BMW M4 GT3, teamed up with Jerome Policand. The success came after the penalty imposed on the Ferrari #51 of Koizumi Hiroshi and Kei Cozzolino, forced to serve a drive through then turned into seconds of penalty once the race ended.
The news reaches the MotoGP paddock at Mugello where the free practice of the Italian Grand Prix is taking place: Valentino Rossi won the Road to Le Mans driving a BMW M4 Gt3 of the WRT team paired with Jerome Policand and the first to congratulate him are the pupils of his Riders academy who are fighting on the track for the leadership of the MotoGP world championship, Pecco Bagnaia and Marco Bezzecchi. "I congratulated him on the race and he replied that he wanted to know how it went this morning - said Pecco - He's happy, I know he did a race that was certainly good and I'm happy too because this year he is getting along very well with the car and has already obtained his second podium of the season including a victory. I'm happy for him and I know he's coming to Mugello, he's always very present in everything and pushes us a lot." Marco Bezzecchi also commented on the feat of the 'Doctor' from Tavullia: ''I didn't see the race but I knew, I'm very happy and I knew that sooner or later this moment would come. Now I'm sending him a message.''