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Rossi enjoys 'intensive' Ferrari run 04 Aug 2005

(L to R): Valentino Rossi (ITA) MotoGP World Champion is interviewed by Mick Doohan (AUS) 
Australian Grand Prix, Race Day, Rd 1, Albert Park, Australia, 7 March 2004

Media speculation that Moto GP world champion Valentino Rossi may consider a future move to four wheels was heightened this week after the Italian spent two days testing with Ferrari at Fiorano.

“I wanted to get a better understanding of a Formula One car,” he said. “And I would like to thank Ferrari for giving me the opportunity to do so. The two days were intensive and interesting.

“I completed a lot of kilometres and I began to understand the handling of the car, working with the engineers and (official Ferrari tester) Marc Gene. I go back to the two wheels where there is still a long way to go to the end of the season.”

It was not Rossi’s first time at the wheel of the F2004. He previously tested the car in April of last year, also at Fiorano. However, he has always played down talk of a move to Formula One racing and only this week renewed his contract with Yamaha for 2006.

Britain’s John Surtees is the only man to have been both a Formula One and a motorcycle world champion. He successfully made the move from bikes to win the 1964 title for Ferrari. For more on Surtees, click here.