31-time MotoGP race winner Dani Pedrosa has signed up for his first season of four-wheel racing in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe, driving for FFF Racing Team.
The Spanish rider, who won three consecutive world titles across the 125 and 250 cc divisions before having a successful MotoGP career with Honda, will team up with Antonin Borga in the No. 29 Orange1-backed Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO2.
Pedrosa is the second motorcycle racing star to enter a full season of GT racing this year after nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi signed with Audi squad Team WRT for the 10-round Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS.
Pedrosa, 36, retired from full-time MotoGP riding after the 2018 season but made a wildcard appearance for KTM at last year’s Styrian Grand Prix in Austria.
The Super Trofeo class in which Pedrosa and Borga will race is yet to be determined.
Lamborghini’s European single-make series supports the GTWC Europe rounds at Imola, Paul Ricard, Misano, Spa-Francorchamps and Barcelona in 2022.
The six-round season concludes with the World Final meeting held at Portimao.
“I’m very happy to start this new adventure with Lamborghini and the FFF Racing Team,” said Pedrosa.
“It’s my first experience on four wheels and, although I still have a lot to learn, I feel very excited. I can’t wait to learn all the tricks of the trade and start at my best. The hope is obviously to have fun!”
Pedrosa’s co-driver Borga, pictured right, is an FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 race winner with Cool Racing.
“I am very excited for this new experience,” said the Swiss driver. “I have raced in LMP2 endurance in the past and this will be my first time driving a Super Trofeo.
“I’m very happy to have the opportunity to be in the FFF Racing Team with Dani.
“Obviously I hope that everything goes well and that we have a great time racing together.”
FFF Racing Team has now expanded to three Super Trofeo Europe entries with the newly-updated EVO2 Huracan.
The Chinese squad, which bases its race programs in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, is also running cars in the LB Cup and Pro-Am classes. It tested with new signings Pedrosa and Borga at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya last week.
FFF was previously a front-running GT3 team for Lamborghini but has stepped back from that program for this year.
“We are very happy that Dani has decided to start his new career on four wheels with our team and with Lamborghini,” said FFF team manager Giorgio Ferro.
“His professional and competitive approach will surely allow him to face this new challenge in the best possible way, supported by the expert Antonin and assisted by Vitantonio Liuzzi’s advice as coach.
“It will be great to share, together with our partners, this new chapter of his sporting life.
“We welcome Dani and Antonin in the Orange1 FFF Racing family, sure that we will together an amazing season together.”
Other notable motorcycle racers to have competed in Lamborghini Super Trofeo include Tony Cairoli, Didier de Radigues, Chad Reed and Andrea Dovizioso.