Valentino Rossi emerged victorious in a Superkart exhibition race against three American former world champions as part of MotoGP's USGP at Laguna Seca build-up yesterday.
The Italian took on Wayne Rainey, Eddie Lawson and Kenny Roberts Sr. in a one-lap sprint around the United States Grand Prix venue in Superkarts. Although the event was billed as a demonstration run, it culminated with Rossi "winning" by a healthy margin.
"Honestly, I was bit nervous about the Superkarts, because I know how fast these things are," said Rossi. "I sometimes drive one in Italy with friends, just for fun, but I know that Kenny, Eddie and Wayne like to race and they're quite serious!
"Also, this isn't the easiest track. Anyway, it was great fun and I enjoyed myself a lot. The kart is quite incredible; the gearbox is very good and in the hard braking areas it's really impressive. It feels very fast and it's possible to have a lot of fun."