Valentino Rossi has denied that the lure of formula one contributed to his loss of the MotoGP title in 2006.
The two-wheeled sport’s leading rider surprised many by failing to retain the championship last year, while he flirted with a switch to F1 by testing for the famous Ferrari outfit.
But Rossi, who this week turns 28, told Motor Cycle News (MCN) that the uncertainty about his future can not be linked with the title loss.
“For me I think no. I don’t get distracted. It was more technical (difficulties) last year than me,” he said.
“I made some mistakes but I think it is normal after winning five world championships in a row.”
The Italian has signed a contract to stay on two wheels with Yamaha until at least the end of 2008.