Valentino Rossi is not set to retire, the Italian's manager, Davide Brivio confirmed on Twitter on Monday morning. In the aftermath of the crash that saw Marco Simoncelli killed, struck by both Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi after being dragged across the track by his bike, rumors and speculation surged across the internet that the nine-time World Champion would hang up his helmet, upset at the death of his close friend Simoncelli.
But on Monday morning, Rossi's friend Alessio Salucci, better known as Uccio, posted on Twitter that retirement was not on Rossi's mind: "For those asking, Vale is absolutely not thinking of retiring," Uccio posted, adding "I am upset that this false news is circulating at a moment like this." Rossi's personal manager Davide Brivio added his own confirmation "Many are asking about Vale stopping races. This not absolutely true and I'm sorry even that I have to explain it…" Brivio posted.