Motegi MotoGP: Valentino Rossi laughs off Ryanair tax advert
The advert was run in major Italian newspaper Il Messagero last Monday after Valentino Rossi's brilliant victory in the Estoril MotoGP.
The ad features a headshot of Valentino Rossi and underneath his portrait it reads: “Two million places, paying only the taxes.
There is also a speech bubble coming from the 28-year-old Italian’s mouth which says: “I can come back with Ryanair and I only have to pay the tax.”
Valentino Rossi was asked about the advert, which has apparently become the talk of Italy, at a news conference today on the eve of the Japanese MotoGP in the Twin Ring Motegi.
”I don’t see this. It’s a strange, strange idea because they don’t say nothing to me. Maybe they want to help us pay the fee. I think this is a good way for it," said Valentino Rossi in a hint that he is looking at taking legal action against the budget airlines.
Valentino Rossi is currently embroiled in a tax investigation by Italian authorities. He is being investigated for possible tax evasion in a story that has divided Italy.
He goes into Sunday’s 24-lap Japanese MotoGP in the Twin Ring Motegi knowing he must beat Casey Stoner to take the world championship battle to Phillip Island in Australia next month.