Through VR’s Lenses: Rossi’s Dazzing Monza Rally Show Finish

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He’s a legend. He’s Italian. And he’s got style for days.

Yes, no matter how much closer ‘Father Time’ pulls Valentino Rossi toward the twilight of his simply legendary MotoGP career, one thing is certain: The Doctor has always and will always be a stylish competitor on whatever set of wheels he happens to be charging on.

Exhibit O: The world famous Monza Rally Show.

Year after year, the long-time Italian icon has gone head to head with some of the top RallyCar drivers on the planet at Monza (even though his forte has clearly been on two wheels, four wheel beasts come just as natural) – finishing in the Top Three several times (and topping the event last year), even against the likes of World Rally Champions like Sebastien Loeb.

This year was no different.

Finishing with a dazzling runner-up result behind Citroen’s WRC star Dani Sordo, the seven-time MotoGP World Champion smashed through nine asphalt stages in his Oakley-Monster car with reckless abandon.

Getting his rallycar fix at Monza – as one of his ‘hobbies’ away from the rigors of the MotoGP circuit – is one of his ‘happy places’ to be certain.

“For me this is one of the highlights of the year – I get to race against my friends and there is very little pressure to perform,” Valentino said following the contest, geared in high-tech Oakley Racing apparel, accessories and footwear. "It is a shame that I didn’t get the overall wins today but I’m proud of four stage wins which is incredible for me. And I get to see all of the fans from rally and MotoGP which is great.”

See Monza through VR46’s Oakley lenses in these exclusive images to the right…