Valentino Rossi performed a burn-out under the Eiffel Tower and took a wet ride down the Champs-Elysees with a specially-arranged posse on Thursday aboard a Yamaha R1 decorated in Monster Energy finery.
The visit was a MotoGP promo stunt, coming just before Rossi heads to Le Mans for this weekend’s race.
It was raining when the Italian superstar arrived in the city of cities, but while the weather might have slowed him down, it didn’t prevent him from enjoying the ride.
"It was quite dangerous and slippery out there with the rain, but I managed to do a little burn-out by the Eiffel Tower. I did try a little wheelie too, but I was out on the roads with the police so I couldn’t be too naughty," he said afterward. "It’s my first time to the Eiffel Tower so I was pleased to do that; we all had some fun out there. I’m looking forward to this weekend at Le Mans now, and hope I can be celebrating my 99th Grand Prix victory there."