The legendary MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi of the motorcycle tire was once again completely in his class at Monza’s legendary motorcycle racing track in Italy last weekend at the Monza Rally Show. Teemu Sunise’s debut in this competition took second place.
The Monza Rally Show is a special rally where, over a three day period, asphalt runs nine specials with a total length of 144 kilometers. Special tests have been built around Monza’s legendary motorbike, and of course, the actual track in the exact direction of driving is also run with special runs.
The nine-time world champion of ratmotor cycling, the seven championship championships in MotoGP, Valentino Rossi, 39, was once again in his own class by driving the overall victory over a minute or so before the second placed Teemu Sun. The victory was already 8th in Ross for this competition and four of them have been consecutive in 2015-2018. There are 15 prize racks in Ross. Rossi and Suninen both drove the Ford Fiesta WRC.
– “Doctor” bothered to go with the same Fiesta WRC Plus as we drove. It was not a pure performance from us, but it was fire and it was the purpose of this trip, Suninen commented on his Facebook page after the competition.
Suninen competed for the first time in this competition and for the first time with the new map reader, Marko Salminen. Rossi was the fastest on all nine specials, but on Sunday, the second-final special session, Suninen came with the Italian at the same time. For Ross, the collapse of WRC drivers in Monza has become more than usual in recent years. Last year, Thierry Neuville and Andreas Mikkelsen, who had been in the same car, suffered a defeat for Ross and the same Neuvi experienced in 2015.
In the 2016 race, Dani Sordo, the real specialty for asphalt racing, had to find Ross’s skills in this race, and then lost for twenty seconds. However, Sordo is one of the drivers who have succeeded in destroying Ross in Monza. This happened in 2013. The last time Monza Rally Shown was driven by someone other than Rossi, in 2014, and then Robert Kubica was on it. Rossi lost to the Polish 12,5 seconds.
This year Monza Rally Shows featured as many as 64 R5 class rally cars. The fastest guided by the host country’s Luca Rossetti, the triple European champion of the rally (2008, 2010 and 2011). Rally driver Aku Pellinen, together with his map reader Juha Laiho, ranked 46th in the R5 car category. The gap to Rossetta was about six and a half minutes, with time breaks of one minute and 10 seconds.