‘Rossi will switch to F1’

UPDATE Valentino Rossi's hugely speculated switch to F1 has been backed by a motorcycle chief.

'KTM' team boss Heinz Kinigadner told 'Die Presse' that he reckons the authoritarian MotoGP champion will eventually race a Ferrari.

''I believe he will,'' Kinigadner said.

''What has he got to wait for in bike racing? To be beaten by a faster, younger rival?''

27-year-old Rossi would likely have to take a pay-cut to make the switch, but Kinigadner is adamant that the Italian does not ride for money.

But the man himself is not sure if it's worth the gamble. ''It's a big risk for Ferrari,'' Rossi admitted to Gazzetta dello Sport, ''(but) not as big as it is for me.''

Amid speculation that some at Ferrari are now less keen on the idea, Rossi said he would announce his plans in June.

04/08/06 MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi has once again insisted that the F1 world will be made aware of his future plans by June at the latest.

The charismatic Italian bike rider has taken part in numerous testing sessions with Ferrari over the past eighteen months, and speculation is rife that Rossi could join the Scuderia in time for next season.

The media have become obsessed with ascertaining the veracity of such talk, but Rossi is remaining coy.

"We will know something between here and June," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I have tried not to think about it for a while, that way I will have a clearer mind when I have to make the decision."

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