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Click on the image above to see the ice kart race in high-resolution

What happens when you coop up a bunch of racers at a snow-capped ski resort for a few days? Well you can bet they'll be racing each other down the slopes. It's just in their blood. But snow or no snow, eventually they're going to find a way to race something motorized. And that's exactly what happened this past weekend in Madonna di Campiglio in the Italian Alps, where every winter Marlboro's two premier racing teams – Ferrari in Formula One and Ducati in MotoGP – meet to kick back before the racing season kicks off.

Apparently tired of swooshing down the slopes or hitting on Tamara Ecclestone in the lodge – the Formula One chief stopped by with his model daughter for a cup of hot cocoa – a handful of Ferrari drivers and Ducati riders went karting...on the ice and snow. With Ferrari test driver Marc Gene off to work testing the new F60 and Kimi Raikkonen out with tonsil trouble (shame, because he's the one with the most ice racing experience), test driver Luca Badoer, Felipe Massa and his brother Eduardo lined up against Ducati riders Casey Stoner, Nick Hayden and test rider Vittoriano Guareschi. Felipe, who organizes the occasional karting event in his native Brazil, was in the lead until his knee-scraping counterpart Casey Stoner passed him on the penultimate lap and beat him to the finish line. Hayden took the final step on the podium ahead of Badoer, Guareschi and Eduardo Massa, proving that, on ice at least, racing prowess on two wheels is worth at least as much as four.

[Source: Autosport]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      This could only have been better if Rossi was racing, too. Great stuff.
        • 6 Years Ago

        Was just about to say the same thing. Would be cool to see how well Rossi stacks up in ice-karting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Second wanting a vid...

      GOD, I wanna go ice karting so badly!! Looks amazingly great fun. Especially with the motors they are running! Usually ice karting has cheapo 4 strokes on them with 8hp, those are 35hp motors they are running.

      How long until the "Casey Stoner switches to F1" rumors begin? The Doctor certainly had a lot of them going on
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nicky Hayden seemed to hold his own as well!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      guys c'mon!

      "Casey Stoner beats..."?

      how about "Nicky Hayden, the Kentucky Kid 2006 World Champion from US that never gets any mention in his own country after achieving the almost impossible by beating Rossi, ALSO beat Ferrari F1 drivers......."

      • 6 Years Ago
      Some Guys have all the fun...

      I couldn't image having the day to day life some of the F1 and other professional drivers have. Guess thats why you gotta dream.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. Awesome photos as well!!!

        But where are the images of the other karters ??? Stoner, Nicky, etc?
      • 6 Years Ago
      A stoner beat Massa? No wonder Ferrari was a bit pissed last season. XD
        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah and a drunk beat Massa the year before that...bwhaha
        • 6 Years Ago
        Massa now realizes the only way he could win is to chase the dragon.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Love to see a vid of that!
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