Valentino Rossi took his fourth victory at the Monza Rally Show. Each year the Monster Energy Monza Rally brings together a variety of famous racers from both two and four wheels. Previous winners have included rally legend Sebastien Loeb and former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica. Many see the event as a sort of end of year party, but when racers are involved even the most casual of events becomes fiercely competitive. Once more Rossi showed his speed on both two and four wheels to return to the top step of the podium again.
Entering the final day of the event with a lead of over 33 seconds, Rossi was confident with just the final two stages to go. Taking victory by over 50 seconds, the Italian beat out current World Rally Championship stars such as Thierry Neuville and Motocross legend Tony Cairoli. Rossi and co-driver Carlo Cassina had previously won in 2006, 2007 and 2012 with their 2015 victory putting them equal with Capello Rinaldo on the all-time winners list.
Valentino Rossi: “This year was special, after the last race in Valencia I wasn’t so happy to come here because I was a bit tired but day by day it improved and to finish the season here in Monza is great. This is a really special event. I can come here and fight with a lot of stronger drivers and after a long season the best thing is the team. It’s great fun, there is always a battle between Uccio and Brivio to see who will win and during the season they are always talking about it – “maybe this time it’s you!’” It’s a good way because we have the thrill of the race but not a lot of pressure. Every year this event goes up and takes a step up, with the good weather we had a lot, a lot of people this year and it’s a great feeling that all the fans come at the end of the season to say goodbye.”