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In what's sure to be a competitive affair, MotoGP star Valentino Rossi and Formula 1 ace Fernando Alonso are scheduled to go head-to-head in a race for ultimate Italian bragging rights. One thing's for certain: the winner will wear red.

On January 10th, when fellow Italian brands Ducati and Ferrari share the stage to show off their racing wares at the annual Vrooom event, the so-called Challenge Exhibition will pit Rossi and Alonso, along with the rest of the two teams' drivers and riders, in go karts specially prepared to drive on the ice and in 4X4 Fiat Pandas on an off-road course.

We wish there was a little two-wheeling on the schedule... we know Rossi is more than capable on four wheels, but we're kinda curious how Alonso might fare with only half his normal contact patches. In any case, feel free to place your bets in the Comments section.

[Source: Visordown]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      rossi all the way vs alonso.
      Rossi rally races during his down time, has driven an F1 to within a second of schumaker (a second is an eternity in F1 i know, but shows he can drive fast on F1), and he's fast as hell period. Alonso....he's fast too, but Rossi has my money.

      Nicky did beat them all last year though.... ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmmm. I like the idea of F1 guys on two wheels as part of the event. They would look horrible, probably even hilarious.
      • 4 Years Ago
      confirm rossi will win the race..rossi is very talented but alonso he is nothing..alonso only 2 years holding world title but rossi is 9 times world title..rossi very superb to maintain his carrier..alonso,who is he..the redbull kid,vettel also can beat him.so u all know the 99.9% chances of wining will go to rossi,algonso sorry alfonso..opss sorry alonso is 0.01%.

      rossi is motogp king,rally,go-kart,f1 also motocross.

      alonso f1 only..LOSER
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess it is the last favor for FIAT, they stopped sponsoring yamaha as soon as VR left!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      there is no way Ferrari will yet alonso on a motorcycle, i am sure its in his contract after Schumacher could not return in 2009 because of his accident on a motorcycle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I actually think Massa will be the one to beat in the karting event with Alonso off pace, but when it comes to the real deal (F1) we know who's the boss.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ALF-onso will cry again if he doesn't win. That's all he does best that drama queen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I believe Nicky Hayden won this race last year. VR is fast in a cart though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      alonso will kick butt
      • 4 Years Ago
      Rossi, the Fiat panda is quicker than you. Do you confirm you understand?
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Personally I think Rossi will win, or at least beat Alonso. Rossi is the far superior motorsport athlete of the two. Virtually anyone can learn to race on four wheels. Learning to race on two? Not so much.
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