Valentino Rossi, MotoGP’s resident legend, just won his fifth Monza Rally at the wheel of a WRC-spec Ford Fiesta.
Rossi drove an M-Sport prepped Fiesta RS to victory by 18.4 seconds over WRC regular Dani Sordo in second place. The seven-time MotoGP champion has been a regular at the season ending event, previously winning in in 2006, ’07, ’12 and ’15 before adding 2016 to his trophy case.
“Taking the win in front of the grandstands, with the great atmosphere here in Monza is very special to me,” said Rossi, who co-drove with Carlo Cassina.
“I am so focused for the entire season on racing, so when it comes to the end of November, after [the MotoGP finale at] Valencia, I can’t wait to meet the team and drive my rally car. Of course I always want to be competitive – as a rider or driver, and I want to fight for the podium when I am in the car here at Monza.
“It’s a great way to have the thrill of a race, without the huge pressure I experience in MotoGP. I’m very happy and very proud – thank you to all my fans and team and everybody – it’s the best way to say ‘ciao’ for the year.”