Valentino Rossi once again stood atop a podium last weekend, but it took strapping into a rally car to achieve a feat that has eluded him on a Grand Prix motorcycle since October 2010.
Seven-time MotoGP World Champion Rossi won the Monza Rally Show event Sunday ahead of Le Mans 24 Hours winner Dindo Capello. The event includes nine asphalt stages and a special knockout event named in memory of Marco Simoncelli, which Rossi won in a Ford Fiesta.
Rossi led two other MotoGP riders competing in the special event. New Ducati recruit Andrea Dovizioso finished fifth overall in a Citroen, while reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo finished 10th in a Citroen.
Next on the postseason fun tour for Rossi, Dovi and other Italian riders is a charity supermoto race Dec. 1-2 in Italy, benefiting the Marco Simoncelli Foundation. No word on if Rossi will be riding his new to him XR750. It's a safe bet he won't.
Lorenzo was invited to participate in the annual Race of Champions - matching title winners from various racing disciplines in various cars - on Dec. 14-16 in Thailand. Competitors in that event include three-time and reigning Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel and recently retired seven-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher.