Recent Rally Racing News
Surgical Precision: MotoGP Superstar Valentino “The Doctor” Rossi Smokes Monza Rally Show, Tops World-Class Drivers
You can call him the “Renaissance Man” on all wheels. Oakley’s MotoGP Superstar, Valentino Rossi, displayed yet again what a racing phenomenon he truly is this past weekend – smashing a field of some of the world’s top rally car drivers to emerge victorious at the Monza Rally Show. The result was his third all-time win at the event. Dazzling more than 30,000 raucous fans in the Milan region, the seven-time GP World Champion racked up two victories for Team VR46 Racing (Oakley-Monster) in his WRC (World Rally Championship)-Spec Ford Fiesta – taking the Stage Rally and the Master Show. Clipping Rinaldo Capello by 2.8 seconds, it was yet another showcase of his competitive gift for dominating tracks even out of his primary sport. The sheer elation from the event added to an already positive swing in momentum for the Italian speed demon – who recently switched back to the Yamaha MotoGP Team after struggling through a Championship drought.
The Alsace Rallye de France as a whole and specifically at our Oakley O-Lab seemed to be centered around not only a great rally car race but also around one of Oakley’s most beloved athletes: Sebastién Loeb.
Most X Games fans in the United States more than likely weren’t familiar with Sebastien Loeb. Little did they know – especially due to a lack of publicity by the Games – that a Global World Rally Car Championship (WRC) Superstar and Legend was in their midst. Oakley’s eight-time WRC Champion, famous worldwide as an absolute Rally Car Icon in the actual global circuit, made his first-ever appearance in the United States. And as expected, he absolutely punished the field of X Games drivers – lined with crossover riders – displaying the skills of a true international Rally champion. In other words, he was simply next level on his way to an easy Gold.