The Legendary Italian MotoGP Champion Celebrates Thanksgiving with A Killer Cardigan

Valentino Rossi poses on his supermaxi Venditto after winning the race from pole position during the Rally Italy cycling race at the Rossini circuit in Brescia, northern Italy, on June 7, 2016. VALENTINO ROMA…

The Legendary Italian MotoGP Champion Celebrates Thanksgiving with A Killer Cardigan

Valentino Rossi poses on his supermaxi Venditto after winning the race from pole position during the Rally Italy cycling race at the Rossini circuit in Brescia, northern Italy, on June 7, 2016. VALENTINO ROMA / AFP/Getty Images

Valentino Rossi drove a card-toting motorcycle through the Sardinian village of Cirecuzzini on Wednesday. The champion motorcyclist is sporting a blood-red tribute to the man whose passion for sweet-tooth Italian wines and black truffles lit up his Formula One career. In 2005, Rossi and his legendary boss, Stefano Briatore, spent nearly a year fleeing an international scandal in which they were alleged to have been involved in doping and faking on-track results to improve their own pay. In the face of the potential for jail time, they would disappear for weeks at a time to enjoy themselves in Italy’s countryside.

Rudi Voght, a 67-year-old former racecar driver who has known Rossi his entire life, helps the rider off his bike at his home in Cirecuzzini, Sardinia, on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Matteo Molillo / AP

Red agave shrubs grow along the sleepy streets of Cirecuzzini as Valentino Rossi rides in a dusty vintage motorcycle around the village. Photo: Matteo Molillo / AP

A poster promoting Rossi’s agricultural project in Sardinia is seen on the front gate of a villa in Cirecuzzini. Photo: Matteo Molillo / AP

A deli in Cirecuzzini advertises Rossi’s product. Photo: Matteo Molillo / AP

Rudi Voght, 73, helps the MotoGP world champion off his motorcycle on Wednesday. Photo: Matteo Molillo / AP

Rossi, 36, was one of the most successful motorcyclists in the world before he became the sport’s top star when he joined Mugello Racing for the 2007 MotoGP season. He won the MotoGP world championship in 2008, 2009 and 2011. AP

Rossi poses on his supermaxi Venditto after winning the race from pole position during the Rally Italy cycling race at the Rossini circuit in Brescia, northern Italy, on June 7, 2016. VALENTINO ROMA / AFP/Getty Images

In addition to Ferrari, Rossi, is the owner of a small vineyard in the village, and he chocolates his guests and stars in the local news with flour whipped up from a local wild almond tree, or “nonna.” AFP PHOTO / Dario Pignatelli (Photo credit should read Dario Pignatelli/AFP/Getty Images)

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