VALENTINO ROSSI'S harsh comments following his struggles at Qatar sparked rumours that he was looking to end his relationship with Ducati and focus his attention on a return to Japanese machinery.
However, the seven-time MotoGP champion put an end to the speculation ahead of this weekend's race at Jerez. Quoted on GPOne, the Italian said: "Leave Ducati? I wouldn't even think of it. We have a contract in place, and I'll give my very best right up until the end. The chances of seeing me on another bike are virtually zero."
He continued: "Those words were the result of my disappointment. We have been trying to solve the same problems for over a year, without success, and that weighs on you. But I know that Filippo Preziosi and all the Ducati guys are working hard, and soon we will have updates to try."
Rossi has hopes that updates for the Desmosedici will be available for the next round at Estoril, or for the post-race test at the Portuguese circuit.