So it's definite - Rossi must be going to Ducati, because Ducati have just issued the following press release - "Regarding the recent allegations attributed to Gabriele Del Torchio - Ducati CEO and President, Ducati states that no agreement has been reached with the riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden for the future Moto GP season, although our interest in these riders remains."
When confronted with the fact my mum's moped seemed to be getting 15mpg, did I admit I'd been out most night's on it, aged 15? Or blub to an apoplectic policeman that yes, I had been cracking on and it's a shame he didn't have time to clock me? Denial is everything, and often works. But not, I suspect, this time.