Valentino Rossi and his younger brother Luca Marini won the seventh edition of the dei Campioni 100 km dirt track team race on Sunday, which took place at Rossi’s MotoRanch in Tavullia.
The pair stood up to Elia Bartolini and Stefano Manzi, Mattia Pasini and teammate Lorenzo Baldassarri completing an all-Italian podium.
42 riders, or 21 pairs, took part in the event, including not only many ranch regulars, but current MotoGP stars Maverick Vinales and Alex Rins, as well as Rossi’s former rival Jorge Lorenzo and the American Supercross legend. Jeremy McGrath – both making their debuts.
Franco Morbidelli and Francesco Bagnaia did not ride, but Marini, another VR46 Academy MotoGP rider, had won individual honors in Saturday’s “Americana” qualifying race ahead of his older brother Rossi, Celestino Vietti and Stefano Manzi.
Sunday’s main race started with a traditional endurance-style start with a motorcycle race, with Avintia Moto3 rider Bartolini taking the lead ahead of Rossi and Pasini.
Running over 50 laps, the race saw a driver change every 5 laps. There were a lot of twists and turns, including a fall from Marini on his second stint. However, the 2021 MotoGP rookie took the win with an assist over Manzi with 12 laps to go.
This decided the first two places, but the battle for third place between Pasini – Baldassarri and Bezzecchi – Migno went almost to the finish, with 2022 MotoGP rider Bezzecchi falling a few kilometers from the flag.
VR46 riders NiccolÃ² Antonelli and Celestino Vietti took fifth place ahead of Moto2 rival Augusto Fernandez and Brazilian Red Bull Rookies Cup rider Diogo Moreira, who made an impressive first appearance at MotoRanch.
Italians Alberto Surra and Federico Fuligni followed in P7, ahead of Alex Rins – Albert Arenas and Tito Rabat – Xavi Artigas. Jorge Lorenzo and Dennis Foggia, vice-champion of the Moto3 title, complete the top ten.
Vinales d’Aprilia MotoGP and former Tech3 KTM rider Iker Lecuona finished 13th.
- Rossi – Marini
- Bartolini – Manzi
- Pasini – Baldassarri
- Bezzecchi – Migno
- Antonelli – Vietti
- Fernandez – Moreira
- Surra – Fuligni
- Rins – Arena
- Rabat – Artigas
- Lorenzo – Foggia
- Patacca – Farioli
- Di Giannantonio – Cecchini
- Lecuona – Vinales
- Nepa – Ortola
- Davies – McPhee
- Bertelle – Zannoni
- Belli – Gramigni
- McGrath – Zaccone
- Casadei – Ferrari
- Manfredi – Bassani
- Ottaviani – Serra
Next: Gulf 12 Hours
After completing his last MotoGP race in Valencia last month, Rossi will now look to the January Gulf 12 Hours sports car race in Abu Dhabi, where the Italian will again partner with Marini and Alessio “Uccio” Salucci, driving a Ferrari from Kessel. 488 GT3 in the Pro-Am category.
The trio won the Pro-Am class and finished third overall in their debut in the Gulf 12 Hours at the same Yas Marini circuit, then finished second in class and fourth overall in the Bahrain test last year.
With sports cars replacing MotoGP as Rossi’s primary focus in 2022, but the exact series is still unclear until he can better understand his speed and potential, the nine-time world champion is sure. to take the Gulf event more seriously than before.
This was underlined during a day of testing, with the three pilots, in Misano at the beginning of November.