Valentino Rossi has announced he will appear at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the first time in 2015. The nine-time Grand Prix world champion and current MotoGP championship leader will appear on June 28th, 24 hours after racing in the Dutch TT at Assen, as Yamaha Motor Company celebrate their 60th anniversary.
Rossi will put his Movistar Yamaha YZR-M1 through its paces on the famous 1.16 mile hillclimb at this year’s festival and is excited to finally make his debut at the prestigious event.
“I‘m very happy to attend the Festival of Speed at Goodwood this year. It will be my first time at Goodwood, but I know this event pretty well. I have read so many stories about the Festival and I have also seen many videos. The atmosphere looks great. This event has the power to gather so many drivers, riders and motorsport VIPs and it is a great opportunity to have fun together. I’ll ride my Yamaha YZR-M1 to celebrate Yamaha Motor‘s 60th anniversary, but I might also drive a few cars… I would like to thank Lord March for inviting me to the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. I am sure it‘s going to be an incredible day and I look forward to being there!”
Lord March has also welcomed the news that one of motorsport’s most recognisable figures will appear at the Festival of Speed.
“It‘s terrific news that Valentino Rossi will be making his Festival of Speed debut this year. He‘s the most successful premier-class Grand Prix rider in history and will be an incredibly popular figure for the growing number of extremely passionate and knowledgeable motorcycle enthusiasts that join us every year at Goodwood.”