Valentino Rossi, certainly the greatest motorcycle racer of our generation, has no concrete plans to leave MotoGP. In fact, after an extremely disappointing first season with Ducati in 2011, we'd wager he'll be sticking around for at least a few more years to prove he's still got what it takes to win at the highest level when competing on competitive machinery.

But, as we've heard in the past, Rossi would love nothing more than to "retire" by taking a break from two-wheeled competition and settling into something with four. And while we know The Doctor has proven quite adept at piloting a Ferrari Formula One machine, the likeable Italian apparently prefers to rally. In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Rossi said:

I'm happy, it was one of my best rallies, even if I had won it the past. Getting ahead of Loeb in two specials really turned me on... I'll do a few more years in MotoGP, then I'd race in rallies: these machines are really fun to drive because they have less electronics.

A future career in rally racing wouldn't be a stretch for Rossi – the motorcycle racer finished in second place in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC, a mere 24 seconds behind eight-time world champion Sebastien Loeb's Citroen DS3.

*UPDATE: Video of Rossi's rally exploits added after the break.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      He is such a true champion; he doesn't make excuses (like Hamilton), he just performs, and performs brilliantly. I would love to see him in WRC after Ducati wins another MotoGP title!
      the sliding dog
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autoblog, wanna actually tell us where/when Rossi came 2nd? Or which event he was talking about in the quote? Lots of key info missing in this article..... (¬_¬)
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love his champagne. It's party time up in this beotch! (why does he look like he belongs in a trailer in WV?)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why does it matter what he looks like?
      • 3 Years Ago
      The spate of deaths in Moto GP and Moto 2 must be quite sobering for all involved.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It has been a bad year for sure for all motorsport. These days, it is easy to forget how dangerous motorsport actually is. At one time, no one ever forgot about consequences in racing because there were frequent reminders. The only modern racing I can think of that regularly has fatalities is real motorcycle road racing such as the Isle of Man TT and the Norhtwest 200. I believe the TT alone averages between one and two fatalities a year.
      • 3 Years Ago
      He has been "retiring" for the last how many years now? Just go back to Yamaha and win another title dude.
      • 3 Years Ago
      God, he must be a huge star over there. Get a load of all the fans at the track early in the morning just to see him.
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