Picts & Video of Valentino Rossi at the Monza Rally Show

11/25/2013 @ 12:30 pm, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

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Every year Valentino Rossi competes in the Monza Rally Show in Italy, and The Doctor does quite well for himself at the event — he was the winner of the rally at last year’s event. For 2014, Rossi found himself on the podium once again, scoring a second place finish with his VR46 team and Carlo Cassina as his co-driver.

Rossi & Co. were bested by WRC’s Dani Sordo and his rally-spec Citroen, though to be fair, Rossi himself had a works Ford at his disposal. Perhaps too many wheels, the event is a fun end to The Doctor’s racing season, as the nine-time World Champion enjoys competition in a variety of forms. For those wondering, Uccio finished ninth.

“For me this is one of the highlights of the year – I get to race against my friends and there is very little pressure to perform,” said Rossi. “It is a shame that I didn’t get the overall wins today but I’m proud of four stage wins which is incredible for me. And I get to see all of the fans from rally and MotoGP which is great.  I’m coming back next year!”

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Source: VR46

Comment:

  1. sideswipeasaurus says:

    At least he didn’t come in 4th.

  2. jon jon says:

    I used to eat any Rossi news up like there is no tomorrow, now after Ducati gate, and crew-chief gate. i just don’t care that much anymore. I feel sad about this, but I see him as an attention-seeking has-been.

  3. Bruce says:

    @jon jon

    Exactly, such a loser and a has-been. 4th best road racer in the World this year, and also dropped to 51st highest paid athlete in the World on the Forbes list, with overall earnings of $22M (for riding a motorcycle). Then goes out attention-seeking by accepting an invitation to drive an exotic factory works rally car, and in typical loser fashion finishes second to a WRC regular who is another Spaniard like those three other guys he lost to this year. How’s the guy even look in the mirror each morning? You and I would have long since preserved our dignity by quitting racing the moment we weren’t number one and would have retired quietly to a life of watching game shows and walking the dog in our pajamas.

  4. claudia says:

    ……….all the way to the bank.

  5. frod04 says:

    hate on haters, Vale is still a GOAT!

  6. Far Canal says:

    @Jon – that might just be one of the most asinine comments I’ve seen recently – who is the luck recipient of your favor these days?

  7. Rockett says:

    ” retired quietly to a life of watching game shows and walking the dog in our pajamas.” That is apparently YOUR life! VR get attention wherever or whatever he does. He is a legend. Weather he is currently winning or not, one thing he isn’t is a looser or a quitter. Haters gonna hate and losers like you are gonna comment about it.

  8. smiler says:

    Well said Bruce. Some people have the attention and loyalty span of Gold Fish.
    Looks like lorenzo was his co driver in the vid. Now that would be funny.

  9. Gutterslob says:

    I miss the homologated turbo days of WRC.
    These modern day electronic-ladden hatchbacks don’t quite do it for me.

  10. John D'Orazio says:

    Fact is, Moto GP would not be what it is today without the considerable influence of Rossi. The kids who are beating today grew up watching him race, being inspired by him and learning from what they saw. Through his buoyant personality, Rossi has been a great ambassador for the sport and his influence will be felt for years. While his days of dominance may be behind him, he is always a threat any time he saddles up. I, for one, hope that when he stops competing, he will transition to a meaningful role elsewhere in the sport. He is still the GOAT.

  11. SkidLid says:

    @Rockett

    “retired quietly to a life of watching game shows and walking the dog in our pajamas.” That is apparently YOUR life! VR get attention wherever or whatever he does. He is a legend. Weather he is currently winning or not, one thing he isn’t is a looser or a quitter. Haters gonna hate and losers like you are gonna comment about it.”

    Your grasp or sarcasm is amazing! You should teach that shit.

  12. Bruce says:

    @rockett

    Lol. Your response cracked me up. Seems like SkidLid, Smiler and probably everyone else understood my use of sarcasm. I know it’s the lowest form of wit, but I couldn’t resist. I’m a fan of a lot of these racers, not just Vale, but I can’t get my head around the arguments of some who say Vale should go away while he is still a top four racer and still enjoying himself.

    By definition there is only one World Number One at any given time in any given sport. Does that mean the rest of their competitors should just quit? The way some argue, Dorna should simply run a 3-man grid each race with Marquez, Lorenzo, and Pedrosa, and send the rest home.

    Rossi continues to be a great ambassador for the sport, he seems to be enjoying his job, and he’s paid well for it. Why quit?