MotoGP » Rossi emphatically denies quit rumours

Valentino Rossi says he will not be retiring from competition in the wake of the accident that claimed the life of Marco Simoncelli.

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October 26, 2011 3:17 AM
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They are the best of friends, they meet almost everyday, they train together almost everyday, they try to compete with anything every time they meet, he was like a younger brother, he was unavoidably involved in the incident. Now, it would seem that rossi carries with him marco every time he hops on a bike and races. Every time a fan looks at rossi, they would also see marco as well. If rossi quits, marco's memory might fade little by little. In marcos memory, rossi should keep on racing until such time he can't. It will be good for him for healing and good for the sport. Imagine if he, a nine time world champion, quits. Alot of youngsters who looks up to VR and Marco would think twice as well. I'm happy that he is staying.

tank - Unregistered

October 26, 2011 6:36 AM

i still wonder if Rossi was able to see Simo at all, i mean they were pretty much full lean around that corner and he had colin right infront of him, i think maby at the last slit second when he saw Colin kinda stumbled and half sat up ready for impact thats when Rossi saw him.

McLarenP - Unregistered

October 26, 2011 10:54 AM

Whatever happens in Valencia there is no doubt it is going to be a very, very sombre day!! Marco will be on everybody's mind and the whole event should be dedicated to him. I don't know if I am looking forward to it or not - it will just not be the same without number 58 and everything he brought to the sport!!

Maroc - Unregistered

October 26, 2011 12:01 PM

Commentators do have their uses, but a word of advice Mr Parish, If Rossi or any other sports person decides to walk away from the sport, then that is up to them to announce to the world and their fans and not YOU. This rumour was started because of you, trying to second guess what Rossi might or might not do, Dont you think Rossi had enough on his plate without having to deny reports about something he didn't even say, Not your proudest moment Mr Parish.

JOHN - Unregistered

October 26, 2011 3:25 PM

Its time for Vale to call it a day. He has won more races and titles than I actually know (that be 7, 8 or 9 titles?) He has proved without a doubt he is one of the greats and earns the name 'legend'. However sadly no good thing lasts particularly as one gets older, the beginning of the end came last year when he was outdone by a younger, fresher and sharper rider (Lorenzo). Vale has not got what it takes to make the Ducati a winner. What he has got is loads of money and should retire. However I have heard of the saying 'They cant do nothing else'. My heart goes out for him, the tragic Marco and not forgetting Colin Edwards

steg - Unregistered

October 26, 2011 5:51 PM

If you read the quote in the story, he doesn't say he won't quit. He says that he hasn't said he will.

“Quit? I do not know who said it, but it wasn't me. Maybe it was to sell more newspapers.

“Marco was great. We shared so many memories, we used to meet almost every day, we'd train together and we'd race against each with any type of machine that had an engine.”


October 27, 2011 4:32 AM

I feel that Rossi won't quit and hopefully will use this as motivation to win for SIC. As for showing emotion have you not seen the photo of him holding up the towl to his face in pit garage, looks pretty bloody messed up emotionally to me. Equally, why don't we all mind our own business as someone said journalists are only enquiring because we want the goss. I'd be happy to hear nothing from Colin and Vale until they were prepared to speak. Also can we put a lid on old age. He is 32, Rainey, Shwantz, Doohan and Lawson all won a WC at or after this age. Equally, last year he did his shoulder and broke a leg after 3 rounds and you take this as Jorge beating him.

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