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Le Mans - The night extinguishes dreams, Rossi retires

An error by Al Harty shortly after 12:30 a.m., past the Dunlop Bridge, forced Valentino's BMW M4 to raise the white flag due to damage caused by the incident

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The night in Le Mans extinguished Valentino Rossi's dreams. The first 8 hours of the race had gone perfectly, better than he could've hoped for, after a 12th time in qualifying. Maxime Martin had taken perfect advantage of the brief downpour with an hour and a half to go, managing to make a comeback to 2nd place, with slicks on a track that had some wet patches. Ahmad Al Harthy picked up the baton and defended their position brilliantly, before handing the wheel over to the Doctor, who had climbed to 1st place.

Al Harthy was still in that position after the first 8 hours of the race, but he was overtaken. Then, just past 12:30 a.m., he made an error after the Dunlop bridge, running off the track and into the barriers. The driver from Oman didn't suffer any consequences in the impact and managed to bring the #46 BMW M4 back to the pit. However, the mechanics soon realized it would be impossible to repair the car and start again.

So, Valentino's debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans ended with a retirement.


Translated by Leila Myftija

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