Valentino Rossi has briefly broken his media silence on his departure from Ducati, posting updates on his Twitter page ahead of this weekend's Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The three tweets read in Italian as follows:
È stato un grande peccato non riuscire a essere competitivo con la Ducati, sarebbe stata una bella soddisfazione per me e per tutti i ragazzi che hanno lavorato con me e ci proveranno fino alla fine. E poi sarebbe stato divertente per tutti i nostri tifosi. Mi dispiace. Comunque mancano ancora 8 gp alla fine, lavoreremo al massimo per fare qualche bella gara. Ciao a tutti ci sentiamo da Indy. #valeducati
Rossi posted the updates solely in Italian, but a rough translation of his words would read:
It has been a real shame that I have not been able to be competitive with the Ducati, it would have given me great satisfaction, as well as to all the guys who have worked with me and who will be working right to the end. And it would have been great fun for all of our fans. I am sorry. But there are still 8 races to the end of the season, we are working to the maximum to make some great races. Ciao to everyone and see you at Indy.
The Ducati press release ahead of the Indianapolis MotoGP round glosses over Rossi's decision to leave, the Bologna factory having already made an earlier announcement of Rossi's departure. Rossi is quoted as saying "This break served as an opportunity to make important decisions for the future, but now I want to return to thinking about the races because we want to improve and during the weekend it’s important to focus completely on what we have to do on the track." Team boss Vitto Guareschi also only touches on the affair, saying "The past month has been very intense for everyone, but now things are clearer."
Rossi is scheduled to be in the regular pre-event press conference on Thursday at Indianapolis, where he will undoubtedly face a barrage of questions about his future. Alongside him in the press conference will be both Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner; both men are also likely to face a number of questions, Lorenzo on his thoughts on Rossi returning to race alongside him in the Yamaha garage, and Stoner, for his thoughts on Rossi's inability to make the Ducati competitive.