Valentino Rossi banned from Ducati comments

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Valentino Rossi has apparently been gagged by Yamaha and is unable to make any public comments about his factory Ducati debut in Valencia next week.

One of the conditions of Rossi’s early release from his Yamaha contract was that he wouldn’t speak to the media after his GP11 debut in Valencia next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Rossi was given permission to test for Ducati during last month’s Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.

It means the first time Rossi will be able to speak officially about his thoughts on the Ducati will not come until the Bologna factory holds its traditional team launch at the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort in mid-January.

He will then test the GP11 again at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia on February 1,2 and 3.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt