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Rossi finishes four-wheel experience

Rossi finishes four-wheel experience

MotoGP World Champion completes his participation at the Bologna Motor Show, where he drove a Ford Focus WRC.

Rally specialists prevented MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi from accomplishing his target of achieving a good result in the 2009 Findomestic Memorial Bettega, at the Bologna Motor Show this week.

The Italian rider’s involvement in the Memorial Bettega was ended at the qualification stage, as he was beaten to the fourth spot by Marcus Gronholm.

“The track was extremely difficult,” said Rossi. “I tried to get a feel for the car, but I had too many problems and could not get the right reaction.”

Rossi, who had a minor run-off, was satisfied with his experience nevertheless, and added, “It was good anyway, I could compare myself against the best Rally drivers and it’s right that they’re the winners.”

The 30 year-old will now take a break before commencing his preparations for the 2010 MotoGP season.

“I had bad luck with the Ferrari at Vallelunga, where the car caught fire, and Monza where I had another minor mishap. But now I’ve done enough driving, and will concentrate on next season. Next year I’ll return and try again with the Rally.”

MotoGP, 2009, Valentino Rossi

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