Rossi fears re­tire­ment, har­bours Le Mans dream

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - COMMENT -

MI­LAN, Dec 1, 2017 (AFP) - Ital­ian mo­tor­cy­cling ace Valentino Rossi has re­vealed he is afraid to stop rac­ing and in­tends to turn to cars when his ca­reer on two wheels ends.

The 38-year-old nine-time world cham­pion -- who is driv­ing a Ford Fi­esta in Mi­lan this week­end as he bids for a record sixth win at the Monza Rally Show -- said his dream was to race the 24 Hours of Le Mans en­durance race in France.

"I'm afraid of stop­ping. After the end of my ca­reer in Mo­toGP, I will have an­other ten years in the au­to­mo­bile sport," Rossi told Italy's Ra­dio Dee­jay on Fri­day.

"I'll keep go­ing as long as I'm com­pet­i­tive and feel like it, of course I'm a bit scared of nor­mal life," con­tin­ued Rossi, adding he has no time for a fam­ily.

"I'm still sin­gle, I'm al­ways on the road, and it's dif­fi­cult to have a steady re­la­tion­ship, so let's say I am hap­pily mar­ried to my mo­tor­bike, which re­cip­ro­cates my love, if not al­ways."

Rossi's bid for a tenth world ti­tle was scup­pered this year after he suf­fered a dou­ble tibia and fibula frac­ture in Septem­ber al­though he still re­turned to com­pe­ti­tion after just three weeks.

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