Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi has won the four-wheeled Monza Rally Show for the fifth time.
A standard toward the end-of-season occasion, Rossi drove a M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC to triumph by 18.4 seconds over Hyundai World Rally Championship driver Dani Sordo, while Audi sportscar racer Marco Bonanomi was third in a WRC Citroen.
The seven-time MotoGP champion had won the Monza occasion – which uses areas of the Formula 1 circuit and the old banking – in 2006, ’07, ’12 and ’15 preceding a weekend ago’s running.
“Taking the win before the grandstands, here in Monza is extremely special to me,” said Rossi, who was co-driven via Carlo Cassina.
“I am so engaged for the whole season on hustling, so with regards to the end of November, after Valencia, I can hardly wait to meet the group and drive my rally car.
“Obviously I generally need to be aggressive – as a rider or driver, and I need to battle for the podium when I am in the car here at Monza.