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Rossi completes Monza endurace race

Valentino Rossi and 'Uccio' ninth in Pro-Am class at a wet 'n' wild Monza endurance race.
After a disappointing opening MotoGP round in Qatar, Valentino Rossi took on a very different motorsport challenge this past weekend at Monza.

Rossi and best friend Alessio 'Uccio' Salucci raced a VR46-livered Ferrari 458 Italia in the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at the legendary Italian racetrack.

The pair had qualified tenth overall out of the 55 drivers with a best lap time 2.8sec from pole, putting them fifth in the Pro-Am class and within 0.8sec of the top Pro-Am car.

They then ran further inside the top ten during the first hour of a soaking wet race. However Salucci tangled with a back-marker on the 90-minute mark, leaving them 29th by the conclusion of the second hour.

The final hour saw Rossi rise to 18th overall (ninth in the Pro-Am class) by the chequered flag. The seven-time MotoGP champion was one lap and 1m 57.8sec from overall victory. Rossi was two-minutes from a place on the Pro-Am class podium.

The Doctor will be back in MotoGP action for Ducati in the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez from April 27-29.

Tagged as: Ducati , Valentino Rossi , Jerez , Qatar

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tomcol - Unregistered

April 16, 2012 8:52 AM

Big admirer of Rossi but I would probably be more concerned about getting my GP bike sorted or leave Moto GP altogether and do car racing. One or the other.

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