Valentino Rossi has taken his second victory in two weeks away from the MotoGP championship, after taking a clean sweep of all nine stages at the Monza Rally Show. Driving a WRC-spec Ford Fiesta in the three-day event at the iconic circuit, he beat WRC regular Teemu Suninen for his fourth win in a row and seventh overall.
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One of Rossi’s traditional end-of-season races along with the 100km of Champions flat track race at his Ranch last weekend, the nine-time MotoGP world champion has faced off against stiff opposition in recent years at the race. The last man to beat him was current F1 driver Robert Kubica, who took victory from Rossi back in 2014.
Suzuki MotoGP boss Davide Brivio was third, knocking Rossi’s close friend Uccio Salucci off the podium – but still making it a successful outing for Rossi’s three-man squad of British-prepared M Sport Ford Fiestas.
MXGP legend Tony Cairoli was fifth in the end-of-season showcase race, while Supercross icon Chad Reed completed the roster of celebrity bikers entered by finishing his first attempt at the race in 28th.