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FIM President responds to Gresini's open letter

FIM President responds to Gresini's open letter

FIM President responds to Gresini's open letter

M. Francesco Zerbi, President of the FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme) has replied to a press release issued on Thursday night by the Movistar Honda team, in which team manager Fausto Gresini publicly responded to a prior private letter sent by the sport's governing body in relation to the incident involving his rider Sete Gibernau and Gauloises Yamaha's Valentino Rossi. The Movistar Honda team press release also included the original and confidential text.

Here is the reply by M. Francesco Zerbi:

Dear Mr Gresini,

I should not respond personally to your open letter given to the press, but through the intermediary of my lawyers; however, considering that I subscribe to the rules of courtesy and that I believe private life is a right that no-one can deny, I am not going to enter into a controversy – an easy one given the ridiculous arguments in your letter.
The only thing that I want to stress and which, as a man, mortifies me is that I am mistaken in my judgment of men. And that I say on an individual level far more than on an institutional level.

With much bitterness,

Francesco Zerbi
FIM President

NB: I am sending this letter to the press because your employee, by violating all principles of education, more so than of law, did not hesitate to betray the confidence that had been granted to him.

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