who leaked that?!?!
You can bet there was a more tactful plan in the works for the firing of the greatest crew chief in GP history. So much for that. To be fair, though, to whichever Tavullia VR46 insider that leaked it--I understand why you did it. Cos' you couldn't f*ckn believe it, either. But the yellow grand high wizard will determine who you are, and have you duly lashed and banished from the kingdom.
For me, this episode reveals many things. Clearly, it seems Rossi has no intentions of retiring anytime soon, and I think he has designs on racing at least 3-4 more seasons, maybe many more. He has not given up on beating Ago's win total. This is great news, imo. I want to see the guy racing.
Also, Rossi's pit crew (mostly from Oz, right?) should now be well aware that, despite working together closely, they are not a part of Valentino's decision-making inner circle. The ol' greyhound in these forums is right to worry about their morale...his incessant Antipodean slurs must demoralize them enough, and now this.
No one can say for sure if the yellow dream is well and truly over, but it seems Rossi needs to have people around him who still believe in it wholeheartedly, and who can blame him? But Jerry Burgess is too pragmatic for that. So this is it, then. A cock-up for sure.
Also, grade A marks for MCN's photo with this article. It says a lot. So did Rossi's glance at Burgess after pulling into the pits and sharing an uneasy hug (saw this in our 6 mins of Valencia prerace footage, not sure when it happened).