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Bologna Motor Show concludes with Dovizioso second in Memorial Bettega rally

Andrea Dovizioso took second place in the 2011 Memorial Bettega rally in Italy on Sunday, beating regular WRC drivers in the final round of the popular Italian Motor Show event.

The 36th edition of the Bologna Motor Show concluded on Sunday after two weeks of activities related to the four wheeled world. Apart from manufacturer’s new editions on display, the show hosts various competitions and exhibitions every year that are pure adrenaline on the Mobil 1 Arena circuit. Yesterday the Memorial Bettega rally took place, a rally wherein professional Rally car face off with guests from other racing disciplines.

The winner of this edition was Norwegian WRC driver Petter Solberg, with MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso claiming second in the final.

The Italian was the main protagonist at the 27th edition of the Memorial Bettega, the highlight of the second week of the Bologna Motor Show. With impeccable driving at the wheel of his Ford Fiesta RS, Dovizioso won the semifinal against Jari-Matti Latvala before the thrilling final against Solberg.

“Today went well and I beat all of the challengers, including the best, and only the final didn’t go perfectly and I made a few mistakes. I didn’t win, but in front of people like Petter,” added Dovizioso, who remains open to future forays competing on four wheels. “I could participate every day in races like this, though I don’t know if I could be as competitive in a “real” rally.”

The 2011 edition of the Motor Show featured various tributes to Marco Simoncelli. One of the first events of the Bologna Motor Show featured a tribute video to the late Italian star, with an additional homage video played this past Saturday at the Bettega Memorial Rally - a competition that ‘Super Sic’ would not have missed.

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MotoGP, 2011, Michele Pirro, Andrea Dovizioso

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