Valentino Rossi had a disappointing finish at the debut race of 2012 MotoGP season in Qatar last week. However, that did not stop him from displaying spectacular run at the Blancpain Endurance Series.
The seven-time MotoGP world champion tried a different sport this weekend while racing at Monza, in the Ferrari 458 GT3. Rossi teamed up with his best friend, Alessio Uccio Salucci and qualified 10th out of 55 drivers with just 2.8 seconds short of the pole. Moreover, the pair qualified fifth in the Pro-Am class and was just 0.8 seconds behind the fastest Pro-Am car.
Racing for the Kessel Racing team, the drivers pushed into the top ten during the first hour of the wet race. By the second hour, Salucci trailed down to 29th position, but The Doctor delivered spectacular performance behind the wheels during the climax, crossing the chequered flag 18th overall and ninth in the Pro-Am class.
Rossi will be back racing on the Ducati, at the Spanish Grand Prix scheduled for 29 April.