Valentino Rossi has no plans to retire, says former manager

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Rossi paid tribute to his friend Simoncelli

Valentino Rossi has no plans to retire following the death of his friend Marco Simoncelli, according to the Ducati rider's former manager Davide Brivio.

Simoncelli died after he was struck by the bikes of Rossi and Colin Edwards in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

After the crash, BBC commentator Steve Parrish suggested Rossi might retire.

But Brivio wrote on Twitter: "Many are asking about Vale stopping races. This is absolutely not true and I'm sorry even that I have to explain it."

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BBC's Matt Roberts reports from Sepang on the death of Italian rider Marco Simoncelli

On Sunday, Rossi left the track without making any comment but the seven-time MotoGP champion has since paid tribute to his countryman on Twitter.

"Simoncelli for me was like a youngest brother. So strong on the track and so sweet in normal life. I will miss him a lot," said Rossi.

Tributes for Simoncelli have continued to pour in, with his death coming only a week after British IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon lost his life in a massive accident in Las Vegas.

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