Valentino Rossi took his fourth victory at the Monza Rally Show, beating some of the world’s best car racers.
Each year the Monster Energy Monza Rally brings together a variety of famous racers from both two and four wheels. Previous winners have included rally legend Sebastien Loeb and former Formula One driver Robert Kubica. Many see the event as a sort of end of year party, but when racers are involved even the most casual of event becomes fiercely competitive. Once more Valentino Rossi showed his speed on both two and fours wheels to return to the top step of the podium again.
Entering the final day of the event with a lead of over 33 seconds, Rossi was confident with just the final two stages to go. Taking victory by over 50 seconds at the end, the Italian beat out current World Rally Championship stars such as Thierry Neuville and Motocross legend Tony Cairoli. Rossi and co-driver Carlo Cassina had previously won in 2006, 2007 and 2012 with their 2015 victory putting them equal with Capello Rinaldo in the all time winners list.
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It was not just Rossi participating in the event, his great friend Uccio and Moto3 race winner Romano Fenati also battled it out around the historic Monza track. Uccio managed fifth as Fenati was 69th on his Rally debut.
"This year was special, after the last race in Valencia I wasn’t so happy to come here because I was a bit tired but day by day it improved and to finish the season here in Monza is great,” said Rossi. “This is a really special event. I can come here and fight with a lot of stronger drivers and after a long season the best thing is the team. It’s great fun, there is always a battle between Uccio and Brivio to see who will win and during the season they are always talking about it – ‘maybe this time it’s you!’
“It’s a good way because we have the thrill of the race but not a lot of pressure. Every year this event goes up and takes a step up, with the good weather we had a lot, a lot of people this year and it’s a great feeling that all the fans come at the end of the season to say goodbye.”