Valentino Rossi has rubbished suggestions that he will quit racing in the wake of Marco Simoncelli's tragic death during the Malaysian Grand Prix.
A close friend of Simoncelli's, Rossi was unavoidably involved in the incident that killed the Italian, sparking speculation that he would consider walking away from the sport.
However, following Davide Brivio's declaration that Rossi will not retire, the man himself, speaking briefly to reporters on his return to Italy, quashed rumours that he will not race again.
“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.”
The final round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship season will take place at Valencia on November 6th.