More Monza Rally success for Rossi

Valentino Rossi claims his seventh victory in the Monza Rally Show.
More Monza Rally success for Rossi

Valentino Rossi may have suffered his first winless MotoGP season as a Yamaha rider, but he at least ended 2018 on top of a podium courtesy of his latest victory in the Monza Rally.

The Italian clinched his seventh win at the event, and fourth in a row, by beating nearest rival Teemu Suninen by a dominant 1m 7.2s.

Rossi and co-driver Carla Cassina won eight of the nine asphalt stages - and were tied for victory with Finnish rally star Suninen in the other!

The top four drivers - Rossi, Suninen, Roberto Brivio (brother of Davide) and Alessio Salucci ('Uccio') - were all racing Ford Fiesta WRC Plus cars.



However it wasn't a completely perfect event for Rossi, who lost out to nine time Motocross grand prix champion Toni Cairoli by 0.59s in the final of the head-to-head 'Master Show' competition.

At the wheel of a Hyundai I20 WRC, Cairoli was also the top non-Ford WRC driver in the overall standings, with fifth place.

AMA Supercross/Motocross star Chad Reed was 28th, also driving a Hyundai.

Rossi - who held off team-mate Maverick Vinales for third in this year's MotoGP standings despite a winless season - will be back on his Yamaha M1 for the start of 2019 testing at Sepang in February.

2018 Monza Rally Show:

1. Valentino Rossi/Carlo Cassina (FORD FIESTA WRC PLUS) 1h 13m 8.7s
2. Teemu Suninen/Marko Salminen (FORD FIESTA WRC PLUS) +1m 7.2s
3. Roberto Brivio/Luca Brivio (FORD FIESTA WRC PLUS) +2m 3.0s
4. Alessio Salucci/Mitia Dotta (FORD FIESTA WRC PLUS) +2m 18.1s
5. Antonio Cairoli/Eleonora Mora (HYUNDAI I20 WRC) +2m 52.4s
6. Marco Bonanomi/Gigi Pirollo (FORD FIESTA WRC) +2m 53.2s