After the tragic events at the cancelled Malaysian GP, and the subsequent tragic death of Marco Simoncelli, there were whispers regarding whether Valentino Rossi and/or Colin Edwards would retire after the incident that cut-short SuperSic’s life. These whispers and thoughts turned into idle chatter, which then lead to unfounded speculation.

It is of course only natural in this FOX News world that we live in that every possible angle and outcome be explored before any sort of precedent for those mental exercises presents themselves. Perhaps a lessen on the difficulties of basic human communication, even the most well-intended and honest speculation can be misperceived and distorted as it is retold, which in this case lead to a mass hysteria that the nine-time World Champion would retire from MotoGP racing.

Squelching the fire almost as soon as it began, Davide Brivio (Rossi’s Manager), Alessio Salucci (you might know him better as Uccio), and finally Valentino Rossi himself (no parenthesis necessary) denied outright that the thought of retiring had even crossed the Italian racer’s mind. “Quit? I do not know who said it, but it wasn’t me,” said Rossi. “Maybe it was to sell more newspapers…Marco was great. We shared so many memories, we used to meet almost every day, we’d train together and we’d race against each with any type of machine that had an engine.” Hopefully that ends the speculation.

Turning our attention to more real matters, Marco Simoncelli will be laid to rest Thursday in his home town of Coriano, Italy. A public viewing of Simoncelli’s body is planned for tomorrow, with the funeral scheduled for Thursday, October 27 at 3:00pm at the church of Santa Maria di Coriano.

Source: MotoMatters & Twitter (Davide Brivio & Alessio Salucci)