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Ducati MotoGP: Hayden & Rossi Ice Race

Wrooom Ice Race Results

The week-long Wroom event at Madonna di Campiglio in the Dolomites, Italy, culminated Friday with the traditional ice racing on four wheels (Fiat Cinquecentos and go-karts).

Representing Ducati was the 2011 MotoGP team of Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden. The famed Formula 1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were representing the Italian icon Ferrari, along with three Ferrari F1 test drivers.

The nine-time World Champion Rossi, who signed with the Ducati Team after seven years of MotoGP racing with Yamaha, did not partake in any events like snowboarding at the Wrooom event, but still had some fun in the ice races.

The go-kart races were first, and although Rossi’s participation was questionable due to recovering from shoulder surgery, the Italian still raced.

Alonso, who has talked Rossi’s four-wheel talent down before, got out front first, led all 20 laps. Rossi would finish fifth. But the American Hayden had different luck, and ended third behind Massa and race-winner, Alonso.

In the Fiat Cinquecentos ice race, the winner again was the Spaniard Alonso. Like his performance in the go-kart race, the Ferrari star Alonso led every lap of the race. Hayden finished second, and Rossi third. Last year at the ice race, the teams raced Fiat Pandas, and Hayden took the win.

Besides taking on Alonso, Rossi was also unveiled in 2011 Ducati Team MotoGP livery for the first time. The team’s 2011 Ducati GP11 MotoGP motorcycles were also unvieled in 2011 livery.

Valentino Rossi (Ducati MotoGP) says: "This week has been a spectacular event, and the races at the end were a lot of fun. In the end, I decided to take part because the atmosphere here at Wrooom was so fantastic, and because the fans deserved it. I got a few jolts from the holes, but nothing too bad. It was worth it."

Nicky Hayden (Ducati MotoGP) says: "This was my third Wrooom, and I think it was the best one yet. It seems like they just make it better every year. They really treat us good, and we make a lot of friends, and it’s great to see them each year. This is a great way to kick things off, but there’s been enough talking about everything now. It’s time to get out there and do the real thing. I look forward to it."

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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